Trends in video surveillance according to i-PRO

Widespread use of AI-based analytics, further development of open AI platforms, cyber security and zero trust, comprehensive privacy protection and ongoing supply chain challenges. These are according to the camera manufacturer i-PRO the most important predictions for the security industry in 2023.

By 2023, AI-based analytics will become more prevalent in cameras and video management systems (VMS) as more manufacturers incorporate this feature into their standard camera lines. There are simply too many camera streams for people to effectively monitor, so AI-based analytics is becoming a catalyst for security departments to do more with fewer people. This development will mark a major change in the direction of physical security by enabling organizations to respond to events in real time instead of having to respond to past events.

From image to data processing
In 2023, the focus will shift from recording videos to collecting data. The challenge will be to use this data effectively, not only for security, but also for cross-departmental activities, to increase the overall efficiency and revenue of the organization.
In-camera processing is becoming more the norm as the processor itself becomes more powerful. New ways to harness distributed IoT power through container technologies will continue to emerge. Container technology, such as Docker and Kubernetes, and the concept of shared resources across multiple devices will increase processing speed, improve analytics plug-in integration, and accelerate firmware updates and deployment of new analytics.

Open AI platforms offer maximum flexibility
AI-based technologies continue to evolve, so developers will develop new specialized tools to solve new challenges. Open platforms give developers access to large markets. As in today’s successful app-based economy for computers and smartphones, this proven model will continue to take shape, offering integrators and end users the customization they have come to expect from technology. The future of the industry will be determined by those who embrace an open strategy as a best business practice. Creating flexible infrastructures that AI analytics developers can easily connect to will further advance the development of AI in various sectors beyond security.

Privacy remains an important point
Concerns about privacy continue to grow around the world, but laws for the sector are not equally strict everywhere. In 2023, for example, the US may follow the European example by introducing a GDPR-like law at the federal level. According to the UN, more than 70% of countries worldwide have adopted data protection and privacy laws. As governments try to honor citizens’ demands for more rights regarding their data, these laws continue to evolve. The ability to mask faces while maintaining a secondary protected data stream for evidentiary purposes will be an in-demand feature in the near future. As always, the industry should focus on making it easy for customers and end users to comply with all new laws and GDPR. Careful manufacturers are already taking steps to build data protection into their processes as a best practice.

Attention to cyber security and zero trust
Security professionals are well aware of the geopolitical risks, and continued pressure from IT professionals and network vendors to secure networks will further increase cybersecurity awareness in 2023. i-PRO expects that in 2023, more European governments will follow the example of the US NDAA, which prohibits authorities to install Chinese surveillance systems in sensitive locations. The White House recently decided that the federal government must comply with zero-trust architecture and design by 2024. This will result in a massive shift in US federal policy by 2023, which will affect all companies doing business in the US. i-PRO expects zero-trust practices, where every transaction between entities and individuals is validated, to be further implemented. Cybersecurity as a pillar of corporate responsibility will become a trend as companies seek to ensure business continuity for their customers.

Supply chain problems continue
Technology supply chain issues will continue in 2023, but arrangements will be made to prevent a repeat of the 2022 situation. However, most of the proposed solutions are still in their infancy and may not even be implemented within the next 12 months. Manufacturers and integrators must carefully manage channel expectations. Customers will therefore look for manufacturers with reliable supply chains and a degree of transparency around product availability and delivery times, providing the best assurance that they will honor their contracts.

“2023 promises to be an important transition year for security professionals as companies seek stability while having fewer resources to work with,” said Norio Hitsuishi, Global Head of Product Management at i-PRO Co., Ltd. “The physical security industry has the potential to help companies do more with less by providing a wealth of data and insights. Not only to help protect people and assets, but also to improve business performance.”

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