The security industry, like most industries, is rapidly evolving thanks to technology. New technologies make it easier, more convenient, and less costly to keep people, buildings and IT infrastructures safe.
However, security is always going to be affected by what is going on in our society. There will always be new dangers, new risks, and new threats that emerge. Fortunately, we can count on technology to provide us with systems, devices, or ideas that will help us face these challenges.
Let’s take a look at six trends in security technology and how they aim to improve our safety.
Many people are now working remotely, and this trend should continue long after the pandemic is over. Unfortunately, hackers are taking advantage of the situation to launch attacks on the emails, networks, and computers of people who are working from home.
Cybersecurity is now a major concern, and many organizations are relying on secure cloud-based solutions to help protect their employees and their data. Some businesses have also chosen to rely on surveillance solutions to monitor their employees working from home, which is raising concerns about privacy. A balance between safety and intrusion must be found.
2. Contactless technology
Another repercussion of the pandemic is that many people now prefer contactless options, as they are considered safer. There is growing demand for intelligent video technology, QR codes, as well as facial and palm print recognition. In addition, remote identification enabled by apps, thermal imaging, and other technologies are also being developed.
Contactless identification and access control are expected to become the new standard, even long after the pandemic has come to an end. Many contactless options have already been implemented to allow access to secured buildings or rooms easily, and without any delay.
3. Concealed weapons detection technology
Concealed weapons detection technology can be used to detect weapons, such as guns and knives. With this type of technology, security staff can be alerted quickly and act to resolve the threat.
Unobtrusive sensors work with video recognition systems to detect concealed weapons and crowd disturbances. As a result, it eliminates the need for patrons to go through metal detectors or to submit to a physical search. This detection technology provides a more positive experience for people entering a secured facility, while keeping them safe from potential threats and violence.
4. Artificial intelligence
AI-powered robots and machines are already programmed to handle different repetitive or dangerous tasks. The AI technology has allowed human workers to focus on other tasks that are safer for them. Now, security robots are able to monitor facilities and to perform the work of security guards in some challenging or dangerous environments.
As this technology evolves, robotic security guards will surely be called upon to replace human guards in some situations, or to collaborate with them in others. Their presence will increase the safety of facilities, but also the safety of human security guards.
5. Smarter security systems
Security cameras and surveillance systems are expected to keep becoming faster, and more effective at detecting threats. Colour and thermal imaging can help assist video cameras that are filming in low-visibility situations, including fog, smog, and snow.
In addition, radars, motion sensors, and humidity sensors, among other features, can be added to surveillance systems to ensure a multidimensional approach. Plus, the 5G technology will facilitate the implementation and use of efficient, wireless security cameras.
6. Better user experience
Organizations want to get more involved in their security, and the companies that provide them with their security technology solutions are increasingly making it possible for them. Superior customer support, user-friendly interfaces, and AI training platforms all contribute to providing a better user experience.
After all, organizations know all about their processes, their goals and their requirements. It makes sense to develop technologies that monitor their facilities and networks more easily. The best way to improve user experience is for businesses to assess what security means to them. Then, think about which technologies and security systems that they want to use to meet their goals.