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As technology advances, we continue to see new innovations in security products. The latest devices are simpler, smarter and more efficient than they were just a few years ago. Businesses have more capabilities with their systems, and it’s easier than ever to access them.
So what will the top business security trends look like in 2018? Where will more companies be focusing their attention in the New Year?
Below is a trio of business security trends you can expect to hear more about moving forward.
3 Business Security Trends to Watch in 2018
Based on what we’re seeing from businesses right now, these trends in security, cameras, and access control will only gain more steam in the coming year:
1. Mobile credentials
This is the big trend of the moment in business security: Access control technology that enables individuals to open doors with a smartphone or smartwatch (as opposed to a key card or fob). It’s what clients are talking about and looking for right now, and we’ll only see more of it in 2018.
The great thing about this technology is not only is it very cool and convenient, it’s also a more secure option for credentialed access control.
2. Internet of Things
The “internet of things,” which involves the ability of devices on a network to connect, talk and share data, has been a hot trend for a few years now. But now, we’re starting to see this become more prevalent in security technology.
There are a lot more web capabilities in the devices we use today, which enables us to remotely check the status of a device, proactively let clients know something is wrong, and send a tech out to fix it.
That’s the real benefit of enhanced connectivity for security products—it’s more about diagnostic tools for critical infrastructure. You can know if your hard drive failed, if a server is overheating, or a card reader is malfunctioning. Users can get a more graphical interface that clearly shows when something went wrong.
3. Advanced analytics for video surveillance cameras
There have been some great advances in video camera technology in recent years that have provided companies with some valuable new capabilities (for both security and business purposes). Here are some examples:
- Smarter detection of things that matter – It used to be cameras would record simple motion detection. Now cameras can decipher between a person and a car, which can save you a lot on video storage. That way, you are only storing and recording the things that matter (not trees and animals).
- Heatmapping – Heatmapping can show you where people are dwelling in a building. This can be valuable in spaces like retail stores, enabling you to see what areas are getting the most traffic (for example, certain end caps)—which can help with marketing and product placement.
- People counting – Cameras can keep track of how many people go in and out of a space. This can be valuable for both getting employee counts and keeping track of customer traffic.
- Unusual motion detection – Today’s cameras can learn what the environment is and what is “normal” for that area. For example, your camera would notify you if a car pulled up on the sidewalk instead of the street.
These capabilities are extending the value of security cameras, enabling them to do more things automatically and providing more information about your business. That’s the basic driving force behind all these trends—giving you more control over your business by making your security simpler and smarter.
Have questions about how these technologies could work for your company? Send us a quick message, we’d be happy to discuss them with you.