Evolving access control technologies have relentlessly spurred on improvements in performance, efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Potential applications for these systems have exceeded traditional purposes; with focus being on networked and software-based solutions in particular. These two elements have had a major role in the growth of access control systems in security. Access control systems can involve:
Furthermore, enhanced features and functionality give ground for dealers and integrators to provide their end user consumer with highly advanced systems that improve security and contribute to operational goals. This all takes place while also meeting budget needs and constraints.
To ensure quality at all times, it’s important to keep up to date with latest developments and trends. The security industry expands and transforms with each year to provide solutions that ensure solid protection. Here are eight trends to consider that will have a significant impact in 2019 and beyond.
Shift from cardholder management to identity management
Access control security is expected to shift this year. As access to intellectual property, logical systems and specialized equipment needs to be controlled too, more businesses are starting to manage identities instead of cardholders.
Identities are digital profiles for every individual that comes into contact with the organizations and they can include attributes such as occupation, pay grade, qualifications, accreditations, etc.
An identity and access management system can allow a business to automatically assign employees rights to buildings and logical systems such as relationship management (CRM) systems. With this in place, there no longer needs to be effort of requesting and granting permissions while ensuring compliance standards are being met. Security teams will also be aware of potential threats by noting suspicious behaviour that isn’t just physical risks.
Visually intuitive solutions will enhance the operator experience
Younger operators are tech-savvy individuals that engage with security systems in much more efficient and different ways to their predecessors. Unlike trained security guards, retired police officers and ex-military personnel, they have a better understanding of technology.
Businesses have started seeking for security solutions that are visually intuitive in order to keep these operators motivated and engaged. Long, logically-organized lists of cameras, doors and sensors that result in inefficient workflows will not be considered anymore in 2019. Moving forward, platforms with big-picture situations and more visual context will start being allowed into form. This will help them achieve tasks quicker with ease and confidence.
Software-based controllers and other technologies have started to allow end users to protect both previous and future investments in access control. These solutions enable best-of-breed systems and make it easy to merge into existing installations.
New adoptions take time and with the advancement of access control technologies becoming more robust – making them a large industry player in security and operations – there will be a period where existing and new solutions must coexist. This reason then makes it mandatory for new software and systems to be backward compatible with existing technology investments. Users need to have several options available to them to make certain that upgrades can meet their security needs while fitting budgetary constraints.
Tools to monitor cybersecurity strategies
It has become increasingly difficult for organizations to audit the security of their own systems. While adding new security measures in place for this, there is often no easy way of seeing how these features are protecting the system or whether they are protecting it at all.
In 2019, manufacturers will take the responsibility of figuring out how businesses can actively monitor how efficient their security systems are at any time. Awarding companies access to features is not enough. There also needs to be a way to use these defences and to monitor the effectiveness of their strategies. Organizations need to have the capability to quickly identify potential threats & vulnerabilities – whether it’s something such as outdated device firmware or unchanged default password crucial for infrastructure equipment.
Security data to enhance operations
As mentioned, businesses will start getting more value from their security systems. Companies will be using data from their security solutions to enhance operations and increase building automation.
Security data is now being dispersed across the organization with departments such as marketing, human resources, and operations receiving it to establish separate objectives. For example, a marketing team in a retail company can make use of video analytics to monitor the success of a promotion or come up with ways to improve the customer experience. Facility management in a corporate setting can improve building automation by utilizing security sensors such as video cameras. Should a camera not detect motion in a room for 30 seconds, the security control platform could automatically switch off the lights, in return reducing electricity consumption. This also significantly lowers operational costs.
Increase in demand for video analytics
Unlike in the past where video analytics were meant for businesses with big budgets, they are now much more affordable and easier to attain – making them accessible to everyone.
One of the reasons for this is that the cost of high-performance servers and software has dropped; with analytics options becoming more reliable and having less to maintain. Demand for video analytics is expected to grow with requests for various forms such as
- Motion detection
- Privacy masking
- People counting
- Dwell time monitoring
- Facial recognition
- Licence plate reading
Deep/Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
These are concepts that are really changing every industry and sector, with security being no exception. Machine or deep learning is currently mostly used for video analytics, but will also become an important part of many different security applications and products this year and in the future. With time, it will become the common tool that software engineers use in compelling use cases. AI and deep learning will implement security solutions that are robust & reliable, addressing real challenges.
One of the most prominent techniques is supervised deep learning which uses large sets of images classified by humans to differentiate the image content. To understand this further, an example would be an automatic licence plate recognition (ALPR) system minimizing false reads by learning the difference between a road sign and a licence plate.
This domain-specific machine learning will assist businesses by tackling specific inefficiencies; boosting productivity based on individual needs.
In the period ahead, access control systems will no longer be separate from other data sources including security and non-security systems. Networked systems instead will now provide information and intelligence in the form of data that can contribute towards the model of predictive analytics; influencing the industry’s ability to move from reactive to proactive security.
Integrated systems give the users capacity to use a single control platform to monitor the state of a facility or location and include data from video surveillance, visitor management, photo-imaging, elevator control, time and attendance, building control, video management and more. This trend is valid for all IP-based systems, as the Internet of Things matures and more powerful software is developed to process and analyze the vast amount of data generated.
The year of 2019 has very interesting and intricate trends in store for the security industry. However, these are also trends that will continue influencing how security solutions are developed and deployed beyond this year as well. This factor makes it crucial to ensure that they are adapted to in order to make the best of protection systems.