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Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, smart video, 5G, convergence of multiple systems... Here are some of the technologies that will be key in this industry, both short-term and long-term, and they are discussed in this article.

Hikvision security trends 2021

Although 2020 it's been a very unusual year, the constant transformation of the security industry has not stopped. Several major changes in the use of technology such as, For example, increasing multi-perception technologies; convergence of security systems; the popularity of artificial intelligence and the rise of cloud solutions.

These changes are expanding and changing the reach of this industry: from keeping people and assets safe to creating safer environments, efficient and intelligent.

In the face of 2021, there are high hopes, And Hikvision has shared some ideas and thoughts regarding key trends that can affect the security industry both in the short and long term.

1. Intelligent video technology that helps during the pandemic. Facing the COVID-19 pandemic, companies are prioritizing the search for ways to safely resume their business. Intelligent video technology has shown great potential to help companies keep their employees and customers safe on their return to work.

With artificial intelligence technology, security cameras control places with high density of people to ensure employees comply with safety measures, like social distance, the use of masks and access control. In addition, these equipments offer the ability to measure the temperature.

Employees are avoiding unnecessary physical contact in access to venues and contactless access systems are required, like facial recognition, palms or NFC and QR codes.

2. Multidimensional perception. For a long time, capturing visual images has been the only capability of conventional video cameras. With the development and application of detection technologies, computer systems and intelligent algorithms are coming into play that allow integrated security devices and systems to use multiple sensors.

Now, more perception capabilities are being integrated, like radar detection, multispectral images, humidity and temperature measurement, Gas pressure detection... with cameras and video systems. This integration expands the capabilities of new systems and video cameras and expands their applications by allowing the collection and use of multidimensional information.

For example, there are promising projects that integrate cameras with hf and millimeter radar technology, and that can extend the perception of the camera beyond the visual range, to detect objects and track movement to more than 100 meters away.

Multispectral images are another good way for cameras to perceive non-visible light spectrum information. For example, innovative ultraviolet detection (Uv) increases the perception capacity of cameras to capture invisible electric arc phenomena; this technology finds a key application in security controls in older power grids.

Multidimensional perception capabilities will play a key role in taking the video security industry to the next level.

3. Visibility at any time and condition. Users expect uninterrupted performance from their video cameras, regardless of the season, weather and time of day. It is vital to have cameras that can respond effectively to capture clear images in any circumstance.

Today, technology that allows you to capture colorful images in low light - at night or in dark environments- is proliferating in the security industry, and customers have shown a preference for cameras with color images 24 hours of the day, The 7 days of the week. In addition, more and more front-facing cameras are equipped with that technology to make sure they can see and reproduce the color of the image both day and night.

And in other extreme conditions, like heavy rain, Snow, fog... how do cameras ensure visibility? Industry professionals tend to choose thermal imaging, that measure heat or thermal radiation to generate images from your field of view.

With thermography, the image is much less affected, even because of the conditions that darken the light the most.

4. 5G technology for wireless video security and ultra high definition. 5G technology can bring big changes to the security industry. Higher bandwidth and lower 5G latency make regular transmission of high-quality images and, with the widespread adoption of ultra-high definition cameras (Uhd), new opportunities open up.

In addition, Reliable wireless transmission via 5G technology will revolutionize the current security market through wired video. The next 5G networks will proliferate wireless cameras and connect more devices in remote locations. This will also facilitate the broad and rapid deployment of AI applications.

5. Convergence of multiple security systems. The vast majority of security professionals have long wanted systems to work together smoothly. The benefits of convergence of multiple security systems -video, access control, Alarm, fire prevention and emergency management- on a unified platform there are multiple, especially when it comes to efficiency and profitability.

For example, when an alarm goes off, an integrated system automatically links that alert to the exit of the nearest camera, so the whole event can be easily witnessed from the control center.

This results in a considerable reduction in time and effort and, the most important thing, costs. Labor savings, installation time, maintenance costs, Software licenses... add up to create an attractive package for customers.

In addition, convergence makes it easy to scale security solutions. Existing infrastructure is ready to manage future needs on the same central platform.

6. Digital business transformation driven by video security systems. In addition to safety and protection, the offer of value-added video security systems has grown to help companies in their digital transformation process and to learn about development opportunities.

With the power of artificial intelligence analysis, Today's intelligent video security solutions are designed to improve automation and operational efficiency in various vertical markets, including traffic, retail, manufacturing, construction and education, among others. Shops, For example, better understand customer journeys in their stores so they can improve their marketing strategies.

These solutions are designed with digital dashboards to display data and information that come from integrated internal business information systems. Operators can use these systems to get real-time situation updates that will help them make the best decisions for their business.

The digital transformation trend in many companies presents enormous opportunities for security companies to expand their reach and play an important role in the future of a smart world.

7. Accelerated cloud-based security solutions. The tendency to move to the cloud of businesses of all sizes increased in the security industry in 2020. More and more companies are leveraging the economic services of the cloud to expand the flexibility of their operations, deployment and management.

Cloud-based security systems, combining security, Networks, Storage, analysis and administration, are making implementation much easier, because no local servers or software are needed. This saves a significant amount of time and money, while expanding or reducing security systems.

Through a cloud-based infrastructure, these solutions also benefit customers with remote operations and maintenance, alerting them quickly to key security events and allowing them to keep up with the latest firmware versions, updates and services.

8. Increased cutting-edge computing to put AI everywhere. Cutting-edge computing is increasingly accessible to security cameras and intelligent algorithms are continuously developed with extensive applications. This makes us think that cutting-edge computing is going to allow us to take AI everywhere.

Automatic license plate recognition (Anpr); automatic event alerting; people counting; heat mapping; detection of illegal parking and detection of helmet use, as well as other artificial intelligence applications, are becoming commonplace in the security market.

With the evolution of computer science and artificial intelligence algorithms, security cameras will take on smarter tasks in the near future to help improve security in local communities and the efficiency of data systems.

9. Ecosystems of open AI applications. With AI applications finding uses in many new fields, market requirements for AI algorithms are diversifying and the demand for customization is also increasing. More collaboration has been seen in the industry and new ecosystems to meet various needs.

Several security manufacturers have launched programs to keep their peripheral devices open to third-party artificial intelligence applications. This brings a wider variety of smart features, while development partners also benefit from openness.

Providing open AI platforms for customers to directly create and train their own algorithms is a fairly common practice in other industries and is now emerging in the field of physical security.

Customers have a deeper understanding of their own businesses and it will be more efficient and effective for them to have easy-to-use open AI training platforms to develop their own algorithms based on their specific data and needs, both security and business.

10. Emphasis on cybersecurity and data privacy. Cybersecurity and data privacy protection has been a challenge for the security industry since the first security device was connected to the Internet.

Driven by the uptick in cloud-based solutions and a number of innovative technologies, like IoT, Big Data, 5G and AI, millions of devices and security systems now join this connected network.

Protecting devices and security systems from cyberattacks and establishing data privacy are more important issues than ever before. Cybersecurity will remain a concern for the industry at every step of data processing, since the generation, transmission and storage, up to data applications and finally the deletion.

Zero Trust has been a widespread concept in the field of cybersecurity, and this may be an inspiring idea for security companies to create high-level cybersecurity standards, with the attitude of never trusting, always check. Time will tell.

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By • 21 Jan, 2021
• Section: Systems control, MAIN HIGHLIGHT, Infrastructure, Computer security, Grandstands, Video surveillance