'Internet of Things' takes hold in physical security

Trend quickly moving from concept to reality within industry

Earlier this month, Cisco announced that it is expanding its open IP cameras platform to include edge-based storage and application development. Developers can also embed instant connect push-to-talk for mobile technology. Additionally, the company is expanding its ecosystem with the addition of new participants. New ecosystem members include: Intuvision, Live Action, AgentVi and iOmniscient, AGT International, S2 Security, Etherstack, Tait, IP Trade, and Technuf.

Cisco is not the only company looking to capitalize on the IoT in the security industry. HID recently announced it will begin offering its Trusted Tag Services offering. By combining trusted tags with existing secure cloud authentication services, this solution confers everyday objects with unique and trusted identities that can be read by NFC-enabled mobile devices in a wide variety of IoT applications.

“By enabling smartphones to effortlessly double as tag readers and communicate with our authentication service, HID Global is helping organizations to easily expand into the IoT,” said Marc Bielmann, vice president of identification technologies with HID Global. “HID Trusted Tag Services enable trusted transactions and instill confidence that individuals scanning the tags are both who and where they claim to be. The solution is based on the same proven technology used in online banking, and it is secure, trusted and easy to use.”

Whether it’s through the use of more advanced surveillance cameras or NFC-enabled smartphones that can double as tag readers, the Internet of Things concept is already growing in prominence within the security industry and, as end users continue to clamor for products that help them deliver more ROI to their respective organizations, this trend is likely to continue for some time.