The Future of Security Cameras
As various threats continue to affect the world today, the need for security surveillance in private and public spaces increases. In fact, the global video surveillance market size is expected to reach $74.6 billion in the next five years, illustrating the continuous high demand for such devices and solutions.
However, as threats become more complex over time, there is also a greater need for more intelligent security surveillance systems. Understanding how technological developments are shaping the industry, can help security managers to better determine how to utilize these solutions to further increase the security levels in their organizations.
From Standard to Smart Security Surveillance
While CCTV has proven reliable in providing people with accurate footage for investigative purposes, this form of standard surveillance has done little to detect threats and alert authorized personnel the moment they occur.
Today’s security surveillance systems are rapidly changing in ways we would’ve never imagined. First and foremost with smart technology that enables security cameras to cooperate with other systems, like alarms. This connective technology is referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT). Along with technology like artificial intelligence (AI), various advanced applications are now possible in security and in other aspects of business operations.
Security and the IoT
The IoT is a system that connects objects over wireless networks to operate together using data. This makes the possibilities endless for security cameras, which can now connect to smart home appliances, mobile phones, other cameras, and devices. By using technology like rigid-flex PCBs, manufacturers and designers are able to incorporate more parts around and onto security cameras to provide such functionalities. The improved printed circuit board technology has led to more efficient cameras with reduced processing time, allowing for faster and more accurate alerts when detecting threats.
Such efficiencies have revolutionized smart security surveillance. For instance, a network of security cameras can correspond with each other to alert the next camera about individuals or objects entering an area from a specific location at a given time. IoT cameras are also smart enough to detect what the human eye can’t see, such as smoke that may indicate the start of a fire. And perhaps the most significant development in today’s security cameras is the possible prevention of threats before they even occur based on the data collected.
AI Video Analytics and Other Business Applications
Machine learning and deep learning are other technologies that are also increasingly used in surveillance security to lower costs while boosting accuracy. For instance, deep learning AI enables security cameras to use search and filter functions for investigative purposes or create rule-based alerts based on the appearance of certain objects or behavioral patterns.
The future of security cameras is also more pronounced in other business applications. One example that has occurred as a result of recent events is maintaining the security of employees and business premises during limited operations in the pandemic. COVID-19 related policies such as wearing facemasks and social distancing can also be enforced. Possible trends include the move towards enterprise-level analytics that combine data in applications that promote business value. These uses are already starting to become more commonplace in industries like retail, where companies can monitor store occupancy or apply object detection to keep track of items and identify foreign objects.
Security Concerns and Privacy Laws
Despite its promising applications, there are also safety concerns that have been raised with IoT security surveillance. Given its dependence on data and information to make intelligent decisions, securing these devices to operate within a controlled environment is essential. Customers are quickly learning from incidents such as those involving shadow IoT, where devices work within a network but are not within the view of IT and security professionals. These threats can come from employees, contracts, and clients who are none the wiser about how their connected devices can impact an organization. By being more meticulous about how they want to protect their businesses, organizations can choose better solutions that cater to specific requirements without compromising their privacy and safety.
To address such concerns, more countries are enforcing stricter privacy laws that regulate smart surveillance technology. Bodies such as the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity have also released guidelines for risk assessments and good practices in implementing IoT and smart infrastructures for security cameras and other related purposes. These regulations aim to ensure that there is a balance between maintaining private information and using data gathered by security surveillance to prevent possible threats.
The future of security cameras still holds a lot of possibilities. While its known applications include keeping modern cities protected with cutting-edge security solutions, we’ve yet to see its full potential in creating a better, safer world.