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8 Key Security System Technology Advancements and Future Trends

The Security Industry Association has revealed the top 8 trends ahead of the consumer market that will bring major advancements to security cameras and systems, as reported by Security Sales & Integration (SIA). This information is typically reserved for security integration professionals who attend the annual ISC West security convention, being held this year in Las Vegas from April 9 - 12. You can be assured that GenX Security Solutions will be on top of the latest, next generation technology. Here's a preview look at each trend, courtesy of SIA.

Below is an in-depth look at each trend, as well as related education sessions and product categories for each one, courtesy of SIA.

1. Cloud

Video surveillance as a service (VSaaS) is a growth area this year, as more companies deliver solutions that move recording, storage, management, analytics and monitoring solutions to the cloud. As SIA director of standards Joseph Gittens notes, this is especially common in residential video solutions, which often have low camera counts.

2. Artificial intelligence (AI)

AI is permeating many security product categories but is most visible at ISC West in video security systems. The future will see analytics applications for automated motion detection and trespassing detection, advanced algorithms performing identification and categorization of persons and objects within scenes and systems that can even analyze human behavior within scenes such as long line queues and crowded situations.

AI is also being used more extensively in the intrusion and alarm systems categories, with the promise of AI being able to leverage combined data from multiple sensors to help reduce false alarms and enhance home automation. Other firms are even offering AI solutions to identify cyber threats and network intrusions.

3. Robotics/autonomous devices

Driven primarily by advancements in AI, power storage and mobility, steady improvements are being made in robot and drone security solutions. SIA notes that many of the companies are taking a managed service approach, allowing users to “rent” the services that these robots and drones provide.

4. Mobile credentials

While a true mobile credentialing explosion may be a few years away, SIA expects the public to become more comfortable using mobile devices to complete transactions outside of access control. Mobile credentialing may expand into more commercial security installations, and industries will increasingly migrate to systems that incorporate all facets of identity management into unified systems capable of granting and managing access rights.

5. Security audio

Audio has long been a component of security systems, particularly with intercoms, emergency notification platforms and public address systems, but the industry is now delivering specialized solutions which can actively monitor audio and apply analytics to the audio –enabling functions like automated alerts on possible aggression. SIA adds that audio is proving to be a value-added augmentation to video security systems.

6. Facial Biometrics

Thanks to popular consumer efforts like Apple’s Face ID and Windows Hello for Microsoft Windows 10, facial recognition has become less of the curiosity from futurist movies and more of a common place logical and physical access solution. As facial biometrics have proliferated in consumer technology, so has the technology advanced in professional solutions. SIA expects to find more presence of this solution on the show floor, particularly as verification accuracy increases and competition makes solutions more affordable.

7. 5G LTE

With the major telecommunications firms in the process of planning their networks to support 5G LTE, which could deliver nearly 10 gigabits of data per second to a cellular phone, IoT solutions that use cellular connectivity will no longer be limited to the throughput of today’s 4G speeds. Expect to see early glimpses of technology solutions, particularly mobile video security solutions with applications primarily in public safety and smart cities –even though full 5G LTE networks are still in development and are not widely available from most carriers.

8. Voice control

With smart speaker adoption growing dramatically in 2018 (up 24 percent in Q2 2018 according to Nielsen), these solutions are being integrated into residential technology ecosystems. Look for new products in the areas of home security and home automation to have existing or available integration with common voice control/smart speaker providers like Amazon and Google. Voice control and natural language processing will also likely augment video analytics. According to SIA, in today’s analytics, users still need operators with a level of database/querying skills to find a particular event or scene, but the ability to say “Show me all persons in red shirts carrying an object who entered through door three” will prove much faster than waiting on an operator to input that analytic query manually.

GenX Security keeps a finger on the pulse of future trends in security technology. As technology advances, older systems will become less and less effective, and even easy to compromise. Often, we can integrate new technology with older systems, saving time and investment money instead of a full upgrade. Find out more by contacting us. Our quotes are always fast and FREE.

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