The director of technology at Axis Communications, Johan Paulsson, explains in this article how the IoT, high speed networks, Big Data and deep learning will boost the demand for security solutions, both physical and online.
This year, technology will not evolve. High speed networks, Big Data and deep learning have left the category of typical marketing jargon into technologies capable of opening the door to new and better security solutions. In a similar way, the Internet of things will lose their novelty status and will be much more integrated in our day to day.
That will force manufacturers of connected devices to step forward and take on more responsibility when it comes to protecting their computers. All of these factors, probably, they will boost the demand for security solutions, both physical and online.
Security as a service
As has happened with other technologies, the customers soon will leave of see it security physical as a simple set of solutions of hardware and software connected to a network and begin to rating it as a service, based on professional video transmitted from the customer's premises, remote monitoring and accommodation.
This change of approach will take place with the mediation of specialists of the sector, it not only will be to manage the complex systems involved, but it will also help to reduce costs necessary to keep systems current and protected. Thereby, not only will release internal resources that could be devoted to other tasks, but that they will also improve the level of service of the security system, the management of devices and processes for cybersecurity.
In the area of cybersecurity, We have observed an increase in the use of tools and practices designed to reduce the vulnerability of the network video attacks.
The security sector will continue advancing along the path of a range of specific solutions for specific problems, instead of universal hardware/software solutions. Ultimately, customers are not looking for just a camera, or a video management system (VMS), But what they really need is to reduce thefts, make sure that only certain people can access the count room or having controlled potential threats at an airport.
Although technology companies are abusing the word 'solutions', in this case, the term could not be more appropriate. The evolution of hardware and software, and also of the tools before and after installation, towards solutions will allow to respond to specific security issues.
These solutions consist of high-performance cameras and access control and storage systems tightly integrated with analytics and video management tools. This approach will facilitate customers buying processes, installation and implementation and, at the same time, It will offer an excellent return on investment.
New horizons of Analytics
As part of this process, Although a high quality video is an indispensable element of modern security cameras, ultimately, it is necessary to evaluate and analyze this information before you can take a decision in response to its content.
The latest technological advances in cameras, new features for use with low-light cameras and thermal imaging, they have been an important step forward. However, in the end the result is a higher volume of video by analyze or review.
As new tools have been developed to put order to the huge volume of text and numerical data obtained every day, the security sector has spared no effort to develop software for analytics of video can help professionals make better decisions in real time.
Quite possibly 2017 will be the year that these new capabilities of the cameras integrates finally with analytics in real time in response to different security problems, as facial recognition, The forensics or the perimeter protection.
Before this growing volume of data, technologies of deep learning every day have a greater role. These solutions use pattern-recognition software to identify different types of behaviors observed through security cameras installed all over the world.
Deep learning and artificial intelligence-based techniques are called to have a leading role in the security sector. The reason is that, Although every client is different, environments and places by those who move usually belong to the same general categories, so people tend to show a similar behaviour.
Once learned these behaviors, is possible to share the patterns that there are back, so the system is able to detect if something unforeseen happens. However, This is only the beginning and we have a future filled with extremely interesting possibilities.
More than of the video
We are aware that physical security is not limited to the surveillance of people, places or objects, but it also involves the physical access control, Uni-directional and bi-directional communication and the management of emergency situations, management that often must be made from a distance.
For this reason, to take the concept of integration a bit further, 2017 It has to be the year that definitely integrates security camera with intelligent doors, Automatic goalkeepers and speakers, both local and remote. The result will be, therefore, a single system capable of managing them all, real-time, so that customers can see, listening and talking to people in their buildings or fence.
We continue to believe that living surrounded by millions of connected devices is an extraordinary future perspective, but in 2016 have received serious warnings about the risks of a protection insufficient of refrigerators, video recorders and, by misfortune, also security cameras with Internet connection.
Bearing in mind that in the majority of cases customers are limited to connect these devices and turn them on, is the responsibility of the manufacturers guarantee that they are safe from the first minute.
For Axis, the safety of its customers has always been a priority and we hope that starting from 2017 It is also for other manufacturers. For our part, We will continue strengthening our product offering and helping our customers protect their networks and devices.
We think that the Internet of things should bring about more security and processes, organizations and more efficient cities, Thanks to cameras, video intercom and smart and connected audio systems. In 2017, These devices will be even more intelligent and, also, they will allow customers to focus on their priorities and security experts to improve its range of services.
Director of technology in Axis Communications
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