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The Future Of Security & Video Surveillance

As we ease into the New Year, there are several technology trends to watch. The Internet of Things has been on the radar for some time now, and more and more devices are becoming connected.

In terms of security, network IP cameras are nothing new. However, the influence of IoT and other technologies is having an interesting impact on security and surveillance. Here’s what we can expect, or hope for, in 2016.

As mentioned, the IoT devices remain in the spotlight. In terms of security, IoT-based systems will need to provide easy installation and maintenance, while catering to the specific needs of the user.

With an IoT-based security system, you may be able to incorporate other unrelated devices for an all-encompassing system. Combine your video surveillance with things like smoke detectors, gas sensors, or access control panels to monitor your home or property. Also, the IoT will enable video surveillance to expand its applications far beyond loss prevention. For example, your network IP cameras can be used to analyze traffic patterns and crowd behaviors in real-time.

However, as we continue to connect and share video and data over our networks, we must also think about reinforcing our network and cyber security.

Security as a Service
The Cloud is making its mark and will begin to play a more important role in security and surveillance. Not only can businesses utilize Security as a Service, where systems are managed remotely, but the Cloud offers more secure and cost-effective data storage. Archived video and data can be stored longer while being easily accessible as necessary.

Big Data
Thanks to security cameras and surveillance, video is becoming the fastest growing type of data. Aside from security purposes, surveillance video can be used for business intelligence. We can expect to see improvements for video management systems (VMS) to search and filter big data for relevant footage or information.

Going wireless has played a significant role in our everyday lives already (ex. mobile phones and Wi-Fi). The same convenience has been applied to security systems, as whole security networks can be managed remotely through mobile phone and devices. Complicated software on stationary PCs is no longer necessary, making it easier for businesses to employ a more affordable and convenient security solution.

We want everything to look sharp and clear, which is why technology continues to improve megapixel resolutions and technology. Some existing trends include the 4K ultra HD, which offers four times the resolution of HDTV 1080p. While analog CCTV cameras may work for some, most others will be attracted to the new and improved technologies and devices.

In the coming year, we will also see an increased use of video analytics, for both security and business use. Video surveillance will expand its repertoire, becoming useful for more industries such as advertising and marketing.

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Wide-Area Surveillance

A story ran recently about wide-area surveillance and how it was quietly used in Compton, CA, to help solve crimes. This type of surveillance was provided by Persistent Surveillance Systems, a security company started by retired Air Force veteran Ross McNutt. Security cameras attached to the belly of a small aircraft essentially watch a given city or area in real time. While there are pros to this type of surveillance, there are many concerns.

This wide area surveillance system acts as a cost-effective eye in the sky. If a crime occurs, authorities can review the footage in a specific area to follow the suspect’s moves and eventually catch them. The problem then becomes the fact that everyone in the given area is being monitored, both suspects and civilians.

While they may not be watching everyone’s every move, they definitely have the resources to do so. How can residents be sure that the footage isn’t being abused? When does this surveillance go too far? As in the case of the Compton, CA story, residents were unaware they were being monitored. Would it have been more accepted if residents were informed? No one likes to be left in the dark, especially when it comes to being watched and recorded. Residents and authorities should be able to discuss concerns and vote on implementation. If this wide-area surveillance system drops crime rates, and consequently makes the neighborhood safer, residents may be more welcoming to the surveillance system.

It has proved successful in the past, effectively locating bombing suspects in Afghanistan. Aside from that, its cost pales in comparison to its ability to monitor large scale areas. While it can’t zoom in and won’t produce clear, high quality pictures of faces, it can track movement and lend itself to proving that someone is innocent or guilty.

If this type of surveillance was being employed in your neighborhood or city, how would you feel or react? Would knowing about it beforehand change the way you felt about it? Do you agree or disagree with the direction our security measures are headed? We would love to hear your responses and feedback. Find us on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.

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