Top 8 trends for the security industry in 2022

Hikvision Digital Technology

2022/1/14 20:12



HANGZHOU, China, Jan. 14, 2022 /PRNewswire=KYODO JBN/ --


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.


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