The world of physical security is spinning ever-faster as we enter 2019 - a year when technology is expected to continue its profound effect on the industry.
From CCTV cameras offering 4K image quality to Smart Alarm Systems linked with Mobile Apps, the latest products hitting the market are simply making their predecessors look prehistoric.
The key theme is integration. Increasingly, we're seeing that customers no longer want to rely on standalone systems. Going forward into 2019, the demand for solutions that link multiple systems together - under one platform - is going to keep on rising.
Over the last 10 years, the shift towards IP-based security products has made all this possible. IP stands for Internet Protocol. In other words, this means any system that can connect to an internet network. IP systems run off servers and allow businesses in particular to manage their security systems on their own IT network. They are also able to transmit much larger amounts of data when compared to the traditional 'analogue' systems, enabling many design enhancements.
With IP products reaping the benefits of big data, it's safe to say that CCTV and Access Control products have benefited most from the IP revolution. However, the leading manufacturers across all other mediums are putting their energy into developing network-ready products that will offer customers more than just security.
Here are 5 trends we believe will continue to take hold of the security marketplace over the next 12 months...
1. Intelligent Video Analytics
High Definition, Facial Recognition, Thermal Imaging, Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) - these are just some of the modern possibilities when it comes to video surveillance. The latest professional CCTV products include built-in Artificial Intelligence (AI) that allows customers to get more from their systems than just plain security footage.
For example, did you know it's now possible for a security camera to identify an individual by their specific facial features, and then track their movements across the entire premises? There are plenty more clever features too. Infrared and thermal imaging ensures anyone in sight of the camera after dark is picked up instantly. Electronic 'Cross-Line Detection' will give you instant notifications as soon as someone enters a specific area of your site. Add this to the fact the CCTV images are as crisp as those on your television at home, and you can imagine just how far this technology has come, and will go in the future.
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2. Physical meets Cyber Security
Cyber Security is the phrase on everyone's lips at the moment, and rightly so. Stories of hacking, data breaches and cyber-theft hitting the headlines in recent years have only heightened the awareness of cyber threats in the modern age. There is a convergence happening across the security industry where a joined-up approach to physical and cyber protection is becoming an essential requirement.
As more and more physical products are designed to occupy IT networks, it is paramount that manufacturers and suppliers prioritise cyber security, and ensure their continued innovation does not expose end-users to vulnerabilities.
3. Protecting your privacy
2018 saw the introduction of the new General Data Protection Regulation - or GDPR for short. GDPR has been implemented to give individuals greater control over their personal data, and place obligations on organisations in the processing of this data. The new rules apply to all businesses operating within Europe, who must now clarify how they handle personal information within their business. Failure to comply will result in hefty fines.
The effect of GDPR on the security industry is yet to become completely clear, but we anticipate there will be developments to keep an eye out for in 2019. Although the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) are yet to publish their official guidance, businesses should be prepared for their security policies to be impacted by GDPR.
Read more about how GDPR affects the use of CCTV
4. Control through The Cloud
From checking the weather forecast to turning on your central heating remotely, the demand to access information from anywhere and at any time is now accepted as commonplace. This is no different for security, with App-controlled systems increasing in popularity.
Until recently, storing data had been restricted to the capacity of a piece of hardware. Take a CCTV System for example - a camera records footage which is saved to a recorder. This recorder has a certain capacity, and once this capacity is reached, that's it. The only option is for the data to overwrite itself. Now, as a result of the recent migration towards IP-based systems, it is possible to store data in 'The Cloud'.
What is The Cloud?
The Cloud describes software and data storage services that run on the internet (instead of locally on your own computer). The Cloud uses remote servers to help you store data and access it anywhere in the world via a web browser or Mobile App. If you have an iPhone, you can store your photos and videos on Apple's iCloud service. This is a prime example of using The Cloud in your day-to-day life.
Many security manufacturers have developed their own cloud-based software. Did you know you can now view CCTV camera images of your property from the palm of your hand, or set your alarm system with the simple touch of your phone screen? We expect this demand to increase and see more system types adopting the mobile-friendly approach.
5. Better Biometrics
Biometric security is regarded as an advanced solution for Access Control security. These products are expensive but deliver unrivalled levels of protection. Fingerprint Identification is currently the most widely-used method of biometrics, however advances in other technologies such as Retina Scanning and Palm Vein Authentication are becoming more and more popular.
Read more about Biometric Security Systems
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