Working Smarter in 2019: Top Five Technology Trends for the Physical Security Sector

Johan Paulsson

Johan Paulsson

2018 was a challenging year for businesses across the globe, asserts Johan Paulsson. The implementation of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the NIS Directive on the security of network and information systems left everyone in no doubt that cyber security must become a priority in the new digitally connected landscape, but what does 2019 have in store?

While gazing into the future is never an easy task, we see next year as one wherein businesses will use technology to work smarter, from increasing intelligence to becoming more environmentally friendly. These are our Top Five Technology Trends for 2019:

Artificial intelligence (AI): Progress in AI differs from industry to industry. While in the physical security sector AI isn’t yet commonplace, machine or deep learning technology is being increasingly used to deploy smart video analytics tools. The use of such technology will increase in 2019 which will not only have a significant impact on improving firms’ security, but also help them to derive intelligent insights from the data collected by network connected security systems.

Cloud and edge computing: Cloud computing is now firmly established, with most organisations making use of it at some level. However, as the use of Internet of Things (IoT) devices grows, so too does the amount of data generated that requires storage. The rise of edge computing is putting more data processing at the ‘edge’ of the network, close to where the data is collected by a video camera or access control device. This can reduce bandwidth and storage demands. The data can be anonymised and encrypted before it’s transferred to secure Data Centres.

Personalisation versus Privacy: We live in a world that now trades online services for significant amounts of personal data. This has become a great concern, but the implementation of the GDPR has begun increasing the trust between an organisation and its customers. Trust is now considered an important and tangible asset, with concerns about a company’s approach to privacy and the use of personal data one of 2019’s key trends.

Cyber security: There’s no such thing as 100% cyber security. Cyber criminals will never stop trying to discover and exploit vulnerabilities. Attacks are becoming more sophisticated and the number of connected devices means that potential vulnerabilities and insecure endpoints are growing exponentially. To combat the threat, supply chain security must be prioritised in 2019. Manufacturers must work with suppliers that adhere to the same security principles as they do, while for their part both installers and integrators must ensure systems are deployed in the most secure manner possible.

Smart technology to deliver environmental benefits: Working smarter means working in a sustainable manner, and this should be something all businesses aim to achieve in 2019. Whether inside buildings or in the external urban environment, the negative impacts on health and associated costs are becoming an ever-greater issue. Smart sensors will play a central role in addressing the problem globally. For example, in a Smart City, an environmental sensor could trigger a video or thermal camera to quickly identify fires or spillages, prompting alerts to create a more rapid and effective response.

Johan Paulsson is CTO at Axis Communications

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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