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Friday, January 14 2022 - 22:05
Top 8 trends for the security industry in 2022
HANGZHOU, China, Jan. 14, 2022 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Entering 2022, the world continues to endure the pandemic. But the security 
industry has, no doubt, continued to shift, adapt, and develop in spite of 
things. Several trends have even accelerated. Beyond traditional "physical 
security," a host of frontiers like AI, cloud computing, IoT, and cybersecurity 
are being rapidly pioneered by entities big and small in our industry.

By all appearances, the security industry is in a stage of redefining itself. 
It is moving from mere security and safety protections to encompass a wider 
scope of activity that will expand safety while also bringing new levels of 
intelligence and sustainability to communities, companies and societies.

Here, Hikvision would like to share some of our ideas and expectations about 
key trends that will likely affect the security industry in 2022 and perhaps 
even further into the future.  

1.    AI will be everywhere

Nowadays, Artificial Intelligence is quite common in the security industry. 
More customers in the industry have recognized the value of AI, and have found 
new uses for AI applications in various scenarios. Along with ANPR, automated 
event alerts, and false alarm reduction, AI technologies are being used for 
wider applications, like personal protective equipment (PPE) detection, fall 
detection for the elderly, mine surface detection, and much more. Meanwhile, we 
also have seen more collaboration across the industry, with security 
manufacturers opening their hardware products to third-party AI applications, 
and launching open platforms for customers to create and train their own AI 
algorithms to meet customized needs. 

AI has been one of the fundamental technologies to reshape the security 
industry. Benefiting from the optimization of algorithms, as well as the 
improved  computing performance and the decreased cost of chips due to the 
advancement of semiconductor technology in recent years, AI applications are 
gradually forming the basic functions and capabilities accepted by all sectors 
in the industry, and we predict an even stronger tendency to assert that "AI 
will be everywhere." 

2.    AIoT will digitize and pervade industry verticals

With more security cameras and other security devices being connected to the 
network, the security industry is becoming an important part of an IoT world, 
enriching its visual capabilities. It's apparent that the boundaries of the 
security industry are blurring, going well beyond the physical security arena. 
Meanwhile the popularization of AI technology enables the connected devices to 
become intelligent "things" in the IoT world. The combination of AI and IoT, or 
as we call it, AIoT, is taking the security industry to a higher plain, 
automating the workflows and procedures of enterprises and aiding in the 
digital transformation of various industry verticals such as energy, logistics, 
manufacturing, retail, education, healthcare, etc.

From our perspective, AIoT brings more possibilities to the industry with 
rapidly expanding applications for security devices and systems. Meanwhile, 
more perception capabilities like radar, Lidar, temperature measuring, humidity 
sensing, and gas leak detection are being added to security devices and systems 
to make them more powerful. These new devices shoulder a multiplicity of tasks 
that just a few years ago required several different devices, covering both 
security functions and other intelligent functions for an ever-advancing world.

3.    Converged systems will break down data silos

Workers throughout private enterprises and public service sectors alike would 
jump at the chance to get rid of obstructive "data silos." Data and information 
scattered and isolated in disparate systems or groups creates barriers to 
information sharing and collaboration, preventing managers from getting a 
holistic view of their operations. Here, the convergence of various 
information systems has been proven to be an effective approach – hopefully 
enough to break down those silos.

It's clear – the trend in the security industry has been to make efforts to 
converge systems wherever possible, including video, access control, alarms, 
fire prevention, and emergency management, to name a few. Further, more 
non-security systems, like human resources, finance, inventory, and logistics 
systems are also converging onto unified management platforms to increase 
collaboration and to support management in better decision-making based on more 
comprehensive data and analytics. 

4.    Cloud-based solutions and services will be essential

Like AI, the cloud is not a new trend in our industry, but it is an expanding 
one. From small business markets to enterprise levels, we can see the momentum 
push more and more businesses to leverage cloud-based security solutions and 
services. And as we are witnessing even now, the pandemic has accelerated the 
movement to cloud-based operations for people and businesses around the world. 

All businesses want platforms or services that offer simplicity, with as few 
assets to manage as possible, and a setup that's as simple as possible. This is 
precisely where the cloud delivers. With a cloud-hosting infrastructure, there 
is no need for a local server or software. Users can conveniently check the 
status of their assets and businesses in real time, receive security events and 
alarms quickly, and accomplish emergency responses simply using a mobile app. 
For security business operators, the cloud enables them to remotely help their 
clients configure devices, fix bugs, maintain and upgrade security systems, and 
provide better value-added services.

5.      Crystal clear security imaging will be standard in any weather, under 
any conditions, any time of day or night

It is always vital for video security cameras to maintain image clarity and 
capture details 24 hours a day, in any weather and under any condition. Cameras 
with low light imaging technology that renders high-definition and full-color 
images at night and in nearly completely dark environments have been very 
welcome in the market. We are seeing the impressive technology applied to more 
camera models, including 4K, varifocal and PTZ cameras. Moreover, for clearer 
video security imaging in poor visibility – especially in severe weather – 
high-performance imaging sensors, ISP technology, and AI algorithms are being 
employed, enabling cameras to maintain clarity and details of view.

Speaking of imaging technology, the trend toward incorporating multiple lenses 
in new cameras cannot be ignored. Single-lens cameras are limited in their 
ability to get more details at greater distances and get the whole picture in 
large-scale places. They do only one or the other. But by employing two or more 
imaging lenses in one camera, multi-lens cameras can simultaneously deliver 
both panoramas and detailed, zoomed-in views of the same large site. 
Applications including airports, harbors, transit stations, parking lots, 
stadiums and squares will see these multi-lens cameras as a boon on every level.

6.    Biometric access control will bring higher security and efficiency

In the past decades, authorized access control has moved a long way away from 
keys, pin codes and ID cards. We now find ourselves stepping into the era of 
biometrics. The access control market is rapidly becoming occupied by biometric 
authentications, from fingerprint and palmprint recognition to facial and iris 

Biometric access controls bring inherent advantages, like higher security and 
efficiency with reduced counterfeiting. They verify within seconds – or 
fractions of seconds – and prevent unnecessary physical contact. Iris, 
palmprint, and facial recognition offer touchless access control, a hygienic 
practice more and more favored as a result of the pandemic.

7.    The Zero Trust approach will take the cybersecurity spotlight

With more security devices connecting over the Internet than anyone ever 
imagined, cybersecurity has become an immense challenge in the industry. 
Stricter data security and privacy protection regulations have recently been 
introduced in the world's key markets, like the EU's GDPR and the Data Security 
Law in China, placing higher demands on cybersecurity. And in 2021, several 
landmark ransomware attacks on a variety of enterprises convinced us in no 
uncertain terms that companies in every industry must reinforce their network 
security architecture and strengthen their online protections.

So how do we address growing cybersecurity concerns? Though the concept 
actually developed in 2010, the term "Zero Trust" has become a hot word just in 
recent years. A strategic initiative that developed to prevent data breaches by 
eliminating the concept of trust from an organization's network architecture, 
Zero Trust is rooted in a philosophy of "never trust, always verify." The 
concept has been roundly accepted within the IT industry and it is now also 
slowly but steadily moving into the physical security realm, as it gradually 
becomes an important part of the IoT world.

8.    Green manufacturing and low-carbon initiatives will take big strides

The consensus is in: low-carbon initiatives are valued by societies around the 
world. In the security market, we have seen products featuring 
low-power-consumption become the preferred options for customers, and demands 
for solar-powered cameras are increasing.

Meanwhile, local laws, regulations and policies that restrict carbon emission 
standards for manufacturing enterprises are pushing industries toward adopting 
more environmentally-conscious practices in their daily operations and 
production, which includes using more environment-friendly materials and 
adopting multiple energy-efficient designs in product manufacturing processes. 
We are delighted to see that more security industry manufacturers are exploring 
"green" manufacturing, and are committed to lowering their carbon output. 
Though it will take time, the movement has begun. We expect to see significant 
strides in this area in 2022. 

Find out more

To find out more about anything discussed here, or to discover Hikvision's 
insights that are delivering latest trends of security, please visit our 
Hikvision Blog site<>.

SOURCE  Hikvision Digital Technology

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