CES 2013: An Infrastructure and Visual Revolution

Which technologies could one day influence the security world?

The booming health and fitness technology industry expanded the collocated Digital Health Summit even further at CES 2013. The focus on population segments having specific monitoring needs, like children and the elderly, has expanded exponentially.

Insurance companies exhibiting at Digital Health have an interest in decreasing the costs associated with elderly care and showed off technologies with a full suite of sensors, including video surveillance, designed to keep people safe.

Infant monitoring moved forward with many products, combining motion and audible sensing with video surveillance in the cloud, enabling parents to quickly check on their child.

In the security industry, central station automation systems are ready to link this video surveillance usage with a variety of sensors, which can be shown right on your mobile device.


5: Location, Location, Location

In 2012, more location-based services brought us together with services we need but with an undesirable effect: mobile device power drain.

2013 brings a new suite of mapping tools for a wide range of platforms, designed to reduce network traffic and use more efficient resources of newly documented roads, trails and services.

In security, this technology could be used to track high-value or critical assets, or provide a better customer experience in the retail and services world. Additionally, IP cameras that provide mapping data could increase location response time by pinpointing exactly where an incident is taking place.  

And, what better location to store this mobile intelligence than in the cloud (more later)!


4: Power and Interoperability Everywhere

Whether it is at home, in the car or on the job, the Internet of Things (IoT) is starting to work together. The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) enables digital products to interoperate and share digital content in each connected home.

At CES 2013, new ways of interacting with technology were introduced through voice, touch, eye movements and sensors of all kinds. Don’t want to use a trackpad? Eye tracking technology was demonstrated. Voice-activated products were dominant in automotive and television technology.

In our world, video surveillance inputs to a monitor at an emergency operations center could be controlled through a connected headset without lifting a finger. Similarly, virtual reality headsets used for video games could have great applications for the central station security operator to manage an event list while keeping a watchful eye on employees leaving work in a high-risk environment.

As these technologies make their way into the security world, it will become increasingly important to verify device interoperability, as is the goal of ONVIF. With manufacturer ecosystems and partner programs gaining strength, the likelihood of digital content interoperability standards acceptance is high.

Saving power is also driving the “connected home,” where devices offer energy saver settings. As an industry, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) enlisted the cabling skills of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) to deliver even higher Power over Ethernet (PoE) levels to cameras and other devices that the surveillance industry has widely adopted.


3: Mobility and Apps Everywhere

Tablets and mobile devices at CES 2013 showcased the powerful Intel Core i7 processor, putting performance in the “lid” of a detachable keyboard. The Windows 8 tablet becomes another useful and powerful alternative to IoS, enabling even more surveillance applications to be used by security officers on patrol.

On the training side, a move to a breed of “learning” tablets will enable security technicians to more easily install IP video and access control systems in a step-by-step manner. Additionally, security officers can be trained quickly for how to respond to alarms, input dispositions and communicate with management and authorities.


2: Infrastructure Leads with its Own Ecosystem, too

Leading home and business infrastructure providers made a strong leap at CES 2013 by creating their own partner pavilions — much like security device manufacturers do today. Everything from wireless accessories to companion software gave consumer and small business professionals a “one stop shopping” experience.