Video Surveillance Trends for 2017

In 2017 we see video surveillance continuing its growth trend for security, as well as for retail, state, healthcare and traffic management applications, and in support of the wider IoT trend. International security events’ organiser IFSEC Global has listed the main anticipations of video surveillance developments for 2017.

1. Surveillance cameras with intelligence embedded

In 2017 we expect the adoption of cameras with wider panoramas, higher resolutions, and more sensors will accelerate. In addition it is demanded that cameras have more capabilites, like comporession, streaming, storage and analytics already bundled into them. With improved intelligence in cameras, storage management software to effectively manage the influx of data will become even more important.

2. IoT sensors and video management

The emerge of internet of things (IoT) is one of the main reasons for rapid data growth. The challenge here is to merge IoT data with video surveillance and enable collective business intelligence.

Embedded sensor technology will allow cities to become smarter, and data from that sensor input will be integrated with video data and analysed to help make urban communities more attractive.

Look for vehicle and pedestrian traffic to be captured even more and integrated with sensor input from trains, buses, and subways to cut congestion. Parking facilities can be monitored and the video combined with input from smart meters to reduce bottlenecks and to improve consumer satisfaction.

3. More video data to support video analytics

Today, 50% of video analytics are for non-security purposes. To support these analytical functions, video must be retained for longer periods. Video-based data will be increasingly used for business purposes and will produce greater financial returns. Highly sophisticated video analytics applications will see greater adoption to make better business decisions.

4. Healthcare heats up for surveillance

A modern video surveillance solution will be needed to improve overall facility safety and security while also increasing operational efficiency. Common challenges such as workplace violence, drug related crimes, thefts and terrorism will require healthcare organisations to make significant upgrades in access control systems and CCTV. Advanced and functionable CCTV solution will also extend the ability to monitor patients better and improve overall care.

In addition, data is essential in healthcare - for example, to protect against legal actions, it is recommended that healthcare facilities retain video data for at least two years.

5. A surge in biometrics applications

Increasingly, biometrics is helping to prevent the major data breaches that have become common.

Public and private entities will embrace more sophisticated cyber security. For example, in the US, the Cyber Security Alliance launched an initiative advising the use of fingerprints and one time codes as a way of authentication. Facial recognition is another growth area, where biometric technology is now available for use with body-worn cameras.

In addition, IFSEC anticipates greater adoption of applications for counting people to help transport organisations reduce congestion and improve services.

6. Video surveillance-as-a-service emerges

As we see smarter cameras and more types of sensors integrated into them, there’s been a movement toward more in-band analytics. This confluence of factors is laying the foundation for surveillance-as-a-service.

Smaller deployments will be aggregated into this service model. For example, corporate campuses can centralise surveillance services if they use smart cameras with in-band analytics and other sensors, in order to automate functions and enable a more proactive approach to surveillance, and bridge the gap between a prosecution model to a more preventative system.

Source: IFSEC Global