Roundtable: Technology trends on the horizon in 2013

Industry experts weigh in on new developments in CCTV, VMS, PSIM and access control

A new year is expected to bring a number of advancements in security technology. IP connectivity has revolutionized the way security devices are connected and has also forced integrators and end-users to focus more on the convergence of IT and physical security. While some have been hesitant to make the shift from analog to IP-based devices, the tipping point may finally be at hand. According to a report published late last spring by IMS Research, sales of network video equipment are finally expected to surpass analog this year. SIW recently reached out to industry experts in four major product categories to get their take on what to expect in 2013.

Video Surveillance

Predictions from Charlie Hare, national category manager, security and mobile video solutions, Panasonic System Communications:

1. Transition from analog to IP surveillance systems will accelerate. Recent advances in surveillance technology and the ability to integrate existing analog structures with new IP-based products and software have made it even easier to increase system scalability, enhance functionality and reduce costs. As a result, even businesses that may have been reticent to transition to IP-based surveillance technologies are finding it difficult to ignore the benefits.

2. Higher image quality via HD. While full, 1080p HD cameras have been readily available in recent years, they have seen limited adoption; however, significant advantages between standard-definition and high-definition video quality will drive a migration from 720p. Economies of scale and significant advancements in compression technologies, bandwidth management and a richer and more capable network infrastructure means the benefits that better video quality delivers will outweigh the challenges.

3. Video analytics will play bigger role in business optimization. More cameras mean more data that can be used for a variety of business operations – from marketing to supply chain optimization. As algorithms become more sophisticated and increasingly powerful, computer technology can interpret surveillance video in real-time and more reliable, application-specific analytics capabilities will emerge. 

4. Increased capture and management of evidence-grade video. The growth of video surveillance has spurred an increase in the use of security video as evidence in civil and criminal litigation. Questions regarding picture quality, provenance, and chain of custody will diminish as video evidence is captured in high resolution, time-stamped and stored in a tamper-proof encrypted file.

5. Comprehensive offerings from a single company. In 2013, more surveillance customers will be looking for comprehensive system and solutions offerings from a single vendor and holding them responsible for end-to-end integration and interoperability among the system components.

Access Control

Predictions from John Fenske, vice president of product marketing, HID Global:

1. “Frictionless” security. The term “frictionless” is used to describe security solutions that don’t slow users down. Rather than make users carry separate cards, keys and tokens, the coming generation of frictionless solutions will embed these and other credentials inside Near Field Communications (NFC)-enabled smartphones and other mobile devices. 

2. Mobile access control adoption to accelerate. The foundation for mobile access control deployment on NFC-enabled mobile devices was laid in 2012. To fuel broad adoption, the landscape must include widely available NFC-enabled handsets with secure elements, supporting all primary operating systems. All keys and cryptographic operations must be protected inside the smartphone’s secure element. The landscape also must include readers, locks and other hardware that can read digital keys carried on these handsets.

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