MalaysiaSAFE: On a personal level, what does it mean to you that Hikvision is an innovative technology company and the world’s leading video security products supplier? Or is that all just business?
Mr. Hu: When I started, my objective was to lead the company and put the business on a growth trajectory. Over the years, I felt an increasingly personal responsibility over the organisation - especially given the company’s passion for constant technological innovation. It is what drives me to keep moving things forward in my pursuit for excellence. And I feel lucky that I have had the opportunity to be part of Hikvision’s growth and success over the years.
MalaysiaSAFE: What is your vision when it comes to what a camera can and should be able to do?
Mr. Hu: Traditionally, security cameras were only used to live-monitor a particular event to deter crime. Then, it became common practice for law-enforcement and businesses to install security cameras since video recording can be used as evidence of criminal activity, and it was a more cost-effective way to deter crime compared to dedicating human resources and security personnel.
But today, cameras do more than just help prevent crime. Cameras with AI technology can be used in hundreds of different IoT applications and industries, and I hope this trend continues where cameras will be integrated into realms that are helpful to our lives.
MalaysiaSAFE: When did the company realise that AI technology or machine learning was going to shape the security industry?
Mr. Hu: In early 2006, Hikvision was using the traditional algorithm embedded in its DVRs, providing some smart functions. Since 2012, Deep Learning technology has been gradually becoming mature, and Hikvision realised the importance of machine learning and AI technologies, so we started investing more on the development of our own Deep Learning algorithm and technology for our systems. In 2015 and 2016, we began to launch our AI enabled hardware and products.