These are exciting times for the Security Industry. There are interesting and exciting trends on the technology side as well as related to customers’ needs. Organizations' requirements and needs are evolving, and this is changing the way we design and service systems. A lot of this is driven by the needs, expectations, and lifestyles of their users. At the same time, the definitions of "risk" is more complicated and is evolving as well. There are also some concerning trends from governments and authorities. Governments all over the world are using technology to increase compliance (for good and bad), while also introducing more and complicated regulations for companies.
AI in Surveillance. We all hear about AI (Artificial Intelligence) from various sources and how it will likely impact our lives. Security is no different. We expect to see more advances and applications of AI, or some form of AI, helping users mainly with video surveillance, video analytics, and investigations. As prices continue to drop and technology continues to improve, this will ultimately provide more value, and better security, at a lower cost to customers.
Cyber Security will become more integrated into traditional physical security. At the very least, vulnerabilities and risks from cyber-attacks will need to be considered and addressed. As our systems become more connected, complicated, and accessible, the cyber-related vulnerabilities will increase. If you are not sure what type of cyber vulnerabilities you have in your security systems, it is now time to take a closer look at that.
Security as a Service (SECaaS). The concept of providing security services as part of a subscription or SAAS model is gaining traction. We hear more and more about this from security professionals, OEM manufacturers, and end-users around the world, but especially in North America. Moreover, this seems to be a trend in other aspects of our personal and professional lives as well. Everything from software services to office space (think WeWork model), and this general trend will likely continue in the future.
Cloud-based technologies and IoT. OEMs and end-users are coming up with newer ways to connect more and more devices to security systems utilizing cloud-based connections and techniques.
Almost all the OEMs are talking more and more about cloud-based services, or "cloud-ready" products. In most cases, it may not be clear what this means exactly. At the same time, the word "cloud" is sometimes loosely used for marketing purposes without really defining what it means. Regardless, we expect this to continue to be a trend, and we will see more development in this area.
Credentials / smartphone usage in Access Control. We see a trend and increasing demand for using personal devices, such as personal smartphones, used as credentials in security systems, mainly Access Control. This will force organizations to adjust how they design and manage their security systems. Although we welcome this trend, and there are clear advantages, we are also mindful of the additional possible risks it brings as well. This will force service providers and end-users to adapt and adjust the way they design and manage security systems.
BYOD (Bring your own device). This is true for all sorts of organizations, from corporations to schools. Organizations are dealing with the changes in user practices and expectations and the impact this has on security.
Regulatory and legal environment. Governments around the world are introducing more laws and regulations related to managing data, especially personal data. This trend will likely continue.