Senstar’s perspective on security trends

December 18, 2018

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The global security landscape is changing and security companies are working hard to keep up with new technologies and expectations. In this post, Senstar takes a look at current trends in the security industry. Observations are based on Senstar’s experiences and do not necessarily reflect the experiences of others. 

Artificial Intelligence 

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is affecting the security industry from both business and technology perspectives. 

On the business side, AI will be the main instigator of change over the coming years, with security the industry landscape increasingly being dominated by early adopters. As companies develop their strategies for inclusion of AI in their R&D programs, competition for already scarce visionary technical leaders will become strong. Smaller companies will have to step up spending, likely through association with independent subject matter experts, or risk being rapidly left behind. Medium-sized companies will likely acquire such expertise through mergers/acquisitions or partnership processes.  

On the technology side, AI presents many challenges to the product designer, particularly for outdoor applications where environmental factors play such a large role in product performance. As progress is made with AI, the industry can expect significant improvements in the performance of existing applications, along with the introduction of advanced new features. Whether the challenge is video detection of a disguised face in a crowd, or extracting a telltale signature of a security breach on a fence with high ambient environmental noise, AI promises higher performance and exciting new applications.  

Sophistication and integration 

Companies are looking to offer more sophisticated and complete solutions by combining multiple layers of security that work together to provide increased capabilities and options. One example is the general move towards the convergence of video management, access control, perimeter intrusion detection and security management systems.   

Along the same lines, there is also an increased focus towards integrating critical subsystems into total security packages to simplify management and reduce costs. For example, the Senstar LM100 exemplifies this trend by providing a hardware solution that fully integrates perimeter intrusion detection with perimeter lighting (deterrent).  The intelligent LED-based lighting solution addresses several issues, including light pollution, energy efficiency and cost reductions of hardware and installation. 

Other trends 

Throughout 2019, one can also expect to see: 

  • Increased use of secure cloud-based services that improve operational efficiency. 
  • Security as a Service (SAS), in which companies sell, install and monitor video from a site for a monthly fee.  
  • Advancement of video analytics – incorporation of new analytics and video forensics that target specific aspects of video footage, increasing the feature set and business intelligence available to the programmer and user. 
  • “Return to physical security” – resurgence of physical barriers such as bollards and fences to combat the growing number of terrorist acts where vehicles are used as weapons. 
  • Increasing presence of advanced ground-based radar and microwave technology solutions. 

Closing thoughts 

The promise of new capabilities and applications stemming from technology innovations is nothing new. Security professionals need to understand industry trends in order to deliver solutions that meet customer needs and expectations. Senstar is excited to offer innovative solutions and is looking forward to a safe, secure 2019. 

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