Despite of a very unusual 2020, the security industry’s steady transformation has not stopped. Several considerable shifts in the use of technology like the accelerating of multi-perception technologies, security systems convergence, the artificial intelligence popularity and the rise of cloud solutions are even advancing .
These changes are accelerating and reshaping the scope of the security industry, from keeping people and assets safe to making more secure, efficient and intelligent environments.
Now in 2021, we have high hopes and would like to share some promising ideas and thoughts here regarding key trends that may affect the security industry in both the short- and long-term.
1- Intelligent video technology helping during the pandemic
Businesses are prioritizing and finding ways to resume operations safely in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Intelligent video technology has shown good potential to help companies keep their employees and customers safe while getting back to work.
Powered by AI, security cameras monitor populated locations to assure employees follow vital safety precautions – including flow control, social distancing and mask wearing – and provide initial temperature screenings.
Employees are preventing unnecessary physical contact with shared hardware in this crowed areas, accelerating the touch less access control system trend we have seen in the market. Numerous modes of touch less verification like face recognition, palm print recognition, NFC and QR codes are being promoted.
2- Multi-Dimensional Perception
For many years, Capturing visual images was the core and only perception capability for video security systems. But with the development and application of sensing technologies, integrated security devices and systems and more powerful edge computing and intelligent algorithms are becoming possible that employ multiple sensors. Now, more perception capabilities, such as radar detection, humidity and temperature measurement, multispectral imagery and gas pressure detection, are being integrated with video cameras and systems provided by best CCTV camera brands. This integration increases perception capabilities of these video cameras and systems and widens their applications by enabling the collection and use of multi-dimensional information.
Users expect uninterrupted performance from their video cameras, despite season, the weather and certainly the time of day. It is important to have cameras that can respond effectively to capture clear images, no matter what time of day or night or how bad the weather is.
These days, low light imaging technology is becoming popular in the security industry that provides colorful images in dark environments and customers have shown a preference toward cameras with color imaging 24/7. More front-end cameras are now equipped with low light imaging technology to make assure they can “see” and reproduce image color both day and night. And for other extreme situations such as heavy rain, snow, fog or smog industry professionals prefer to choose thermal imaging that measures heat to take images from their field of view.
4- 4G technology for UHD and wireless video security
5G technology may bring much changes to the security industries authority. 5G’s greater bandwidth and lower latency makes the regular transmission of high quality images possible and, with the widespread adoption of ultra-high-definition (UHD) cameras, could bring new opportunities for video security.
5- Converging multiple security systems
Users in this industry expect comprehensive solutions. The concept of systems working ideally together has long been desired by the many security professionals.
The advantages of converging multiple security systems – including video, access control, alarm, fire prevention and emergency management – into a unified platform are manifold, with efficiency and cost-effectiveness the most obvious. Its important for example in security retail for getting unified systems.
6- Digital transformation of enterprises enabled by video security systems
Beside security and protection, the video security systems assist enterprise-level businesses in their digital transformation process and gain insights into development opportunities.
7- Enhanced cloud-based security solutions
The “moving-to-the-cloud” trend for businesses of all sizes enhanced across the private security industry . From small business markets to enterprise level, all of them todays are leveraging cost-effective cloud services to extend the flexibility of their operations, deployment and management.
Cloud-based security systems are making deployment much easier because there is no need for local servers and software. This saves a major amount of time and costs, while extending or reducing their security systems.
8- Enhanced edge computing to put AI everywhere
Increasingly powerful edge computing has become available for security cameras (cctv brands) nowadays and we see more intelligent algorithms finding wider applications. This makes us believe edge computing stands a good chance of “putting AI everywhere.”
Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR), automated event alert, people counting, heat mapping, illegal parking detection and hard hat detection, as well as a number of other AI applications, are becoming popular in the security market.
9- Open AI application ecosystems
As AI applications finding are being used in many new fields, market requirements for AI algorithms are becoming more diversified and the demand for customization is also enhancing. We have seen more collaboration across the industry and new ecosystems to satisfy various needs of the market.
Some of the security manufactures have launched programs to keep their edge devices open to third-party AI applications. This gives a greater variety of intelligent functionality, while development partners also benefit from the openness.
10- Focus on cyber security and data privacy
Cyber security and data privacy protection has been a challenge for the security industry as the moment the first security device was connected to the internet. Driven by the uptick in cloud-based solutions and a number of innovative technologies, such as IoT, big data, 5G and AI, millions of security devices and systems now are joining this connected network.
The issue of establishing data privacy and protecting security devices and systems from cyberattacks are more important issues than ever. Cybersecurity will be a key issue for the industry throughout every step of data processing, from generation, transmission and storage, to data applications and finally deletion.