Roundtable: Technology trends on the horizon in 2013

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

3. Mobile will co-exist with cards. Despite its benefits, it is unlikely that NFC-enabled smartphones will completely replace physical smart cards in the coming year. Instead, mobile access credentials inside NFC-enabled smartphones will co-exist with cards and badges so that organizations can implement a choice of smart cards, mobile devices or both within their physical access control system (PACS).

4. Access control convergence. Users increasingly want a single credential for entering the building, logging onto the network, accessing applications and other systems, and gaining remote access to secure networks without needing a one-time password (OTP) token or key fob. It’s more convenient and greatly improves security by enabling strong authentication throughout the IT infrastructure. It also reduces deployment and operational costs.

5. Continued improvement of card technology. Today’s gold standard for access control applications is contactless smart cards that are based on open standards, and feature a universal card edge. Users will enhance their cards and badges with more layers of additional visual and digital security, including higher-resolution images, holographic card over-laminates, and permanent and unalterable, laser-engraved personalization attributes. Cards will also increasingly incorporate expanded digital storage capacity so they can include biometric and other multi-factor authentication information.

Video Management Systems

Predications from Gadi Piran, president, OnSSI

1. Storage at the edge. Memory cards inside IP cameras are increasingly being used to store video at the edge of the network. Edge storage can be used as part of a more decentralized video management approach or even to complement a cloud-based video system. It does not impact network bandwidth issues and ensures local preservation of video evidence independent of network connectivity.

2. Greater use of megapixel. Megapixel cameras are getting less and less expensive, and resolutions are continuing to increase. The economic case is growing, too, with H.264 compression minimizing the impact on network bandwidth. Users are gravitating toward better image quality as an important attribute of IP systems.

3. More license plate recognition (LPR). LPR complements the myriad computer resources that drive today's police work. Even in the commercial market, LPR can be a nice add-on to a video system, especially one covering a parking garage or lot. Adoption is growing, along with greater capabilities.

4. Virtualization. As IT practices continue to overlap the physical security space, virtual machines (VMs) are slowly starting to emerge as a trend in video surveillance. The approach saves on resources by eliminating the “one server, one application” rule. User advantages include fewer physical servers, a smaller data center footprint and more flexibility to manage and use capacity.

5. Video analytics’ take-off. Video analytic technologies are better than ever and also easier to integrate within a video management system. Declining costs and the increased availability of basic video analytics functionality will drive greater adoption in the near future.

Physical Security Information Management (PSIM)

Predications from James Chong, CTO and senior vice president of strategic innovation, VidSys:

1. Security convergence will be defined as electronic security and IT security. Rather than describing the integration of standalone technologies like access control and video management as “convergence,” we predict such integrations will be the means to a much more expansive market convergence in 2013, marking the beginning of a new era in which IT and physical security converge and dominate the industry.

2. Intelligence will move from detection to filtering and correlation based on business rules. We predict a video analytics facelift in the coming year, as data moves from the edge of “detection” into more specific correlation and filtering based on specific business rules within PSIM software. In 2013, critical information will be analyzed and converted from data into meaningful, actionable intelligence.

3. PSIM will expand beyond physical security to PS+IM. In 2013, we will begin to see an actual split in the definition of PSIM where physical security and information management will begin to evolve, with information management expanding to become a part of the workings of other systems that organizations and agencies must rely on - including building management systems, life and safety systems and other IT systems.