5 security technology trends you need to know about

Are you ready for the future of security?
Are you ready for the future of security?

If you are responsible for security management in your organization, there are several major security technology trends you should pay attention to. If you are about to install security systems on a new site, there is little point in considering legacy security technologies such as analog CCTV cameras and stand-alone systems, as these technologies yield an increasingly lower return on investment each year.


Furthermore, even if your organization doesn't currently have any plans to upgrade your existing security systems, you still need to be monitoring several important technology trends, as it is likely that your organization will adopt some or all of them as global security standards in the near future.


This is because large organizations are increasingly looking for security systems that enable greater business efficiency, and many of these new technologies offer imediate benefits and are not difficult to integrate into existing solutions.


With that in mind, here are the emerging security technologies that need to be on your radar:


Web-based security management systems

What does this mean?

Web-based security management is a new form of electronic access control. Whereas most current electronic systems use local networks and dedicated servers, web-based systems manage security entirely over an internet connection.


Unlike server based systems that require technically challenging and expensive server installations, web-based systems only require a single network appliance that is easy to install and can be configured within minutes rather than hours. This makes web-based systems especially suitable for small, remote sites or temporary offices.


All system data can be accessed through an internet browser on practically any device, including laptops, tablets and even phones. This allows end users to manage access to sites from any location.


Web-based access management solutions also have significant potential for integration with other internet based security systems such as IP Camera-based surveillance systems. This means that web-based systems are likely to be among the more future proof systems available on the market.

So what are the benefits?

  • Web-based systems eliminate the need for expensive server equipment that is time-consuming to set up, reducing intial costs considerably
  • All identities, roles and policies on the system can be conveniently synchronized in real time over the internet
  • Low set-up costs make this technology especially cost effective for small scale sites


"Video surveillance as a service" (VSaaS)

What does this mean?

VSaaS is a new paradigm for video surveillance that allows organizations to store and manage surveillance footage on a service provider's secure data center. This allows organizations to take advantage of existing cloud storage and system management infrastructure without purchasing dedicated hardware such as network video recorders for their own site.


VSaaS currently takes 3 main forms: services that both store and manage all surveillance video at data centers, services where data is stored locally then managed at the data center, and services that offer a hybrid of these approaches.

Hybrid solutions typically stream data to the cloud but also store information locally, often on cameras that are capable of recording data on SD cards inserted into the cameras themselves.


Current users of this these services include retail stores, small businesses, restaurants, apartment complexes, manufacturers, banks, pharmaceutical companies and telecommunications firms.


So what are the benefits?

  • End users can view surveillance footage in any location where there is web access via virtually any device with a browser.
  • These solutions lower risks associate with network video recorders, which are prone to damage, breakdowns and theft, as all footage is stored at the service provider's highly secure data center site.
  • Hybrid solutions offer another level of redundancy as video can be stored at both the site and on the cloud
  • Service providers take responsibility for system maintenance and software updates which reduces costs but also lowers risk, as end users often forget to update network security software regularly enough to prevent hackers.


Surveillance video analytics and people counting technology

What does this mean?

Video analytics refers to software applications that are able to conduct smart analysis of surveillance footage in a wide variety of ways. This solves a major deficiency of most surveillance systems, which is that they are unable to promptly notify end users of a security incident on their own.


Video analytics software can identify when a person enters an unauthorized area on a monitored site, including perimeter breaches, high risk zones in factories or around a valuable asset in a high level secuity area. This allows security systems to send an alert to security staff as soon as an incident occurs and enables a more effective response.


People counting is another highly important application for video analytics technology and is especially important for companies in the retail sector. People counting allows organizations to analyze customer volume and behavior using surveillance cameras. This makes it easier to identify areas of the store that attract high customer interest and allows companies to adjust business practices to accomodate customer behaviors and achieve greater business performance.


So what are the benefits?

  • Instant system alerts allow quicker and more effective response by security staff
  • Analytics can identify and bookmark notable incidents, making it easier for security staff to retrieve them when reviewing recorded surveillance footage
  • The technology reduces the need for dedicated guard staff (and associated costs) as systems always actively monitor for potential threats
  • Analytics also improves the efficiency of existing CCTV monitoring staff by alerting them to threats that they might otherwise miss due to a lapse in concentration.


Wireless access control systems

What does this mean?

In contrast to traditional electronic access control, which transmits signals via wires installed in doors, floors and walls, wireless access control sends data to system control panels via a wireless radio signal.


Locks are powered by long-lasting ion batteries and alert the system when battery power is low, allowing end users to replace them in time. In the event that the battery dies completely, the door remains locked until the battery is replaced. The radio signals transmitted by wireless locks typically have a range of between 30 and 50 meters and are highly encrypted, making them theoretically even more secure than traditional wired access card readers.


Installation of wireless systems is simple; after locks are installed in each door all that remains is system configuration.All the labor-intensive wire-pulling necessary for traditional systems is simply not required for traditional access control.


So what are the benefits?

  • Wireless access control systems lower installation costs and installation time significantly by eliminating the need for extensive conduit work.
  • Wireless systems are especially beneficial for retrofitted security system projects as they help organizations to avoid considerable disruptions to daily operations that would occur if significant rewiring work were required.
  • With wireless locks, security system design is no longer restricted by the structural limitations of buildings that might normally make wiring work highly challenging.


Global security data visualization platforms

What does this mean?

Many organizations with multiple global locations are adopting so-called "visual command centers" for their regional security operations centers. "Visual command centers" are software applications that allow security staff to visualize all global security data through a single portal.


These platforms allow security staff to build complete pictures of security incidents and imminent threats in any global location by integrating data from multiple sources, including camera feeds, building floor plans, road traffic monitoring services and even satellite views of weather systems.


Using this integrated global monitoring platofrm, organizations can help protect their employees anywhere in the world by anticipating and effectively responding to a variety of high-risk scenarios such as hurricaines, floods, terrorist attacks, social unrest and other threats.


So what are the benefits?

  • Security staff can achieve a comprehensive understanding of security incidents anywhere in the world.
  • Security teams in multiple regions can coordinate responses more effectively by achieving a shared accurate understanding of any security threat.
  • Organizations can analyse the rich data available on the platform to identify areas for improvement to security and business operations on a global level.


So there you have it: a quick overview of some of the major technologies that will have a significant impact on the security industry over the next few years. Look out for a more detailed analysis of each of these technologies in future articles to learn more about the capabilities (and current limitations) of each solution and whether they are right for your business.


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