Spotlight on the technology trends in SA’s surveillance market
When we look back on 2020, there’s no doubt that this year is a benchmark for the way technology advancements have impacted surveillance. It was the year when the adoption of artificial intelligence gained traction in the surveillance industry. And in just a couple of months, the rapid spread of the coronavirus triggered a boom in the market for thermal technologies. These innovations not only expanded the possibilities of what can be achieved with security cameras, but are also making surveillance more efficient for businesses.
In addition to these advanced surveillance camera technologies, increasing security and safety concerns as well as ease of installations are contributing to the development of the global market for CCTV, according to a report by Market Research Future.
As the industry continues to undergo technological transformation, new surveillance trends follow suit. If your security needs are evolving, keeping up with the latest innovations can help strengthen your business’ security measures. So, which ones do you need to know?
With artificial intelligence now powering security cameras, deep learning will have a massive impact on surveillance in the coming years. Deep learning refers to the ability of a machine to make decisions by analysing analyse data. In the context of surveillance, it’s a very useful feature that makes security camera systems better at detecting human beings.
In the past, it was difficult for cameras to tell human forms apart from animals, insects, and shadows, which often trigger false alarms. Artificial intelligence can help classify a human being by analysing shape, motion, and texture, accurately filtering out insignificant activity that causes alerts.
The advent of the coronavirus pandemic has opened whole new avenues for fever detection technology to thrive. When the SARS and MERS epidemics broke out in 2002 and 2012 respectively, tech companies scrambled to put temperature detectors on the market. However, the demand for fever screening technologies exploded in recent months as businesses looked for ways to protect people and reduce liabilities.
The mass production of fever screening thermal cameras has consequently made these devices more affordable. The software to detect fever has also improved considerably as manufacturers invested to make the technology more accurate. Signs point to the long-term adoption of fever screening as it becomes the norm in the COVID-19 era.
Facial recognition has already taken its place in the access control industry and this trend will only increase in the future. Conventional access control systems rely on keys and passwords, which are unable to detect illegal access. Facial authentication technology does not require code and card systems; a person’s face is captured on camera and the image is compared with what is on record. Because of this, facial recognition along with fingerprint access control continues to grow in popularity among businesses looking for improved convenience and security.
Finally, the surveillance industry is also currently witnessing the demand for video surveillance as a Service (VSaaS). It offers a more flexible and maintenance-free option by hosting the hardware and software of security operations in the cloud. This enables businesses to record, store, and view video footage from anywhere.
Every year, new surveillance capabilities bring more advanced security solutions to businesses, and this year’s trends are not any different. So, if you’re thinking it might be time to upgrade your security camera system or implement your first CCTV installation, these trends will help you determine the right features for your security requirements.