Security technology trends to watch in 2014

Industry experts discuss what lies ahead for physical security devices and software

Predications from Gadi Piran, president, OnSSI:

1. Mobility. While mobility became a primary consideration for solutions initiatives in 2013, in 2014 it will become an absolute necessity. Communication via mobile devices has grown to the point where we rely on it for many elements of daily life, both at home and for business. For video surveillance, mobility means remote access to images from any smartphone or tablet, with the ability to control the system remotely as well. In 2014, users will demand better delivery via mobile, with multiple streams over low bandwidth – a solution we are now offering with Ocularis. We have to give users the technology to move out of the control room and into the field without sacrificing functionality – this is what the current population of technology consumers expects in every area of life and of business, and providers who do not make this utility possible will find themselves left behind.

2. Simplicity/Cost. Costs will continue to come down while VMS system user interfaces will become more intuitive and easy to use. These trends will gain momentum as 64 bit technology penetration expands, enabling more efficient utilization of the system and faster response times, even when streaming megapixel cameras.

3. Hybrid solutions. As long as there are still analog cameras in the field, there will be a need for hybrid systems to incorporate them on the network and to enable easier, more cost-efficient migration to IP. A new breed of integrated appliances now coming to market are providing best-in-breed turnkey video surveillance management and recording solutions that are suited to a wide range of applications. These plug-and-play devices will make it easier for the next generation of adopters to incorporate video management systems into their security and risk management programs, with the added bonus of simplified migration from analog to IP functionality.

4. Integration of manufacturer partners. Open-architecture technologies will enable continued close collaboration between providers, further expanding the functionality of video surveillance solutions.

Home Security Systems

Predictions from John Knox, president of the Electronic Security Association:

1. The continuing development of do-it-yourself wireless systems. It’s still early in the development of these devices, but thermostats and light bulbs are just the beginning. We’re going to see continued emergence of DIY for home security, video surveillance, smoke and carbon monoxide detection, and other home functions. This is going to challenge traditional companies to keep up with technology, but it’s also going to present customers with a choice. Do they want to get the newest technology at a higher price and deal with installing, maintaining and securing it themselves? Will they want to leave it to professionals with a track record of quality installation and customer support? Or will they sit back awhile and wait for prices to come down before finally deciding which road they want to take? Consumers also are going to have to decide how sophisticated they really want their homes to be. Not every consumer is going to want to pay top dollar for a talking smoke alarm. A large number will be satisfied with effective safety and security that doesn’t cost a fortune, and is easy to monitor and maintain.

2. Home automation. Home automation definitely offers the greatest opportunity for growth, and it also gives us a chance to expand the market for home security. We need to educate consumers that using the latest technology to protect their property and their families is more important than having a lamp that you can turn on with your phone. If they can afford both, that’s fine, but we need to help them understand that safety and security are bigger priorities than bells and whistles. And with the sunset of POTS lines and 2G technology, there are huge opportunities for upgrading existing systems.

Intrusion Detection

Predictions from Tim Myers, product line director, intrusion, Tyco Security Products: