5 Significant Technology Trends Influencing the Physical Security Industry

Enterprise Security Magazine | Monday, April 27, 2020

In this age, where everything is uncertain, it is vital for enterprises to pay attention to cybersecurity as well as physical security, as ignoring it can pose a massive risk to their business.

FREMONT, CA: In this era of phishing, hacking, and social engineering, it is very easy to forget about environmental and physical security. However, physical security is doubtlessly as vital as its logical cybersecurity counterpart.

Obtaining access to one's property provides fraudsters the opportunity to steal physical items from the premises as well as potentially damage the systems with malware or access data via the individual's IT infrastructure.

In 2020, many technology trends have emerged that are impacting the physical security industry. AI is fundamentally transforming every industry and domain. In other areas, progress related to other technologies is steadier. Video surveillance is considered one of them.

Top 10 Physical Security Solution Companies - 2019Processing power in dedicated devices

Optimized and dedicated software and hardware that are designed for a particular application, is essential with the shift towards higher levels of Edge Computing. Connected devices will require enhanced computing power and will be built for the purpose from scratch with a security-first mindset. The concept of ingrained AI in the form of Deep Learning computation and machine will be more prevalent moving forward.


Attitude towards the right use of technology cases and the regulations regarding them differ from country to country. Facial recognition technology might be perceived as harmless and desirable. However, on using it for monitoring citizens and social credit system, it is considered as more sinister and unwanted. Though the technology is the same, the case is entirely different. Regulations are finding it hard to match the pace of advancements in technology. It is a dynamic landscape that the industry must navigate and where enterprise ethics will continue to come under immense investigation.

The world on the edge

The momentum towards computing at the 'edge' of the network is growing. Most of the gadgets that are linked to the network need or will benefit from the capability to assess received data, make a decision, and take proper action accordingly.

The most obvious examples are autonomous vehicles. Whether it is regarding communications with the external environment or via sensors detecting threats, it is vital for the decisions to be processed in a split second. The same thing applies to video surveillance. For moving towards the proactive instead of reactive, there is a need for more processing of data and analysis to take place within the camera itself.

Towards the reliable edge

Problems around personal privacy will continue to be the topic of debate across the world. While technologies, like dynamic anonymization and masking, can be utilized for protecting privacy and regulation, are inconstant across regions and nations. The requirement to navigate the international legal framework will be ongoing enterprises in the surveillance domain. Many enterprises are unable to undertake even the most fundamental firmware upgrades, yet with more processing and assessment of data taking place in the device, cybersecurity will become more crucial.

Network diversity

As a direct outcome of some of the regulatory intricacies, privacy, and cybersecurity concerns, a drift is being noticed from the open Internet of the past two decades. While the public cloud continues to be the part of how individuals to transfer, assess, and store data, the use of private and hybrid clouds is increasing. Data sharing and openness was considered important for artificial intelligence and machine learning, yet pre-trained network models can now be customized for particular applications with a relatively little amount of data.

To conclude, enterprises must keep an eye on the technological advancements for enhancing their cybersecurity as well as physical security.

See also: Top Cyber Security Companies

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