With 2018 soon to be over, many are now looking at what security technologies will be trending in 2019. Security 50 companies that we spoke to cited some of these technologies, which are summarized in this article.With 2018 soon to be over, many are now looking at what security technologies will be trending in 2019. Security 50 companies that we spoke to cited some of these technologies, which are summarized as follows.
Technology-wise, cybersecurity will continue to be a hot topic in 2019. In fact, cybersecurity has been ranked by the U.S.-based Security Industry Association (SIA)I as No. 1 of the top 10 megatrends that are expected to shape the security industry in 2019. Indeed, amid cyber threats against security devices which are more and more migrating to the network, vendors must prove that their solutions are hardened against attacks and hacks. “In 2019, cybersecurity will continue to be an important topic and cyber hardening measures will continue to be a key facet of product development,” said John Distelzweig, GM and VP of Security at FLIR Systems.
“We have embedded cybersecurity in our development and also in our corporate strategy already before, but during the last year we've added significantly more focus around this. The way we do that is that, technology-wise, we put focus on edge development, meaning we focus on putting as much intelligence and storage on the edge as possible,” said Thomas Lausten, CEO of Mobotix. “At the same time, we're also working with partners that are working on this decentralized concept. We handpicked them. We don't work with all the players. We basically work only with some select partners that we believe have the same integrity and focus on cybersecurity.”
Needless to say, AI and advanced analytics will also dominate in the security arena. “AI/machine learning/deep learning will be a continuing technology trend that can yield dramatic increases in performance and capabilities of security systems,” said Dror Sharon, CEO of Magal Security Systems. “Magal has added sophisticated target classification processes to some of its products enhancing performance and providing additional information to the user.”
However, with AI gaining momentum, how data is used and protected will become a major issue. “There are of course a lot of discussions in the industry about AI/deep learning. We also think there will be a heightened emphasis on privacy and personalization. Concerns about a company’s approach to privacy and the use of personal data will be one of the most impactful aspects of business moving forwards,” said Ray Mauritsson, President and CEO of Axis Communications.
Closely related to AI/deep learning is edge computing, which will become more powerful to run complex algorithms; as well as cloud computing to make sense of all the data gathered. “There will be enhanced edge computing resources to make smarter edge devices; greater acceptance of cloud-based solutions across the industry; and more intelligent use of the cloud for deeper analysis of incidents,” Distelzweig said.
In terms of access control, wireless access control and mobile credentials will gain further market acceptance. “Credentials on a smartphone, rather than a plastic card, are seeing traction. Our SMARTair Openow solution, for example, has been deployed in a major US university campus and co-working spaces in Spain. Our Abloy brand in Finland launched Pulse wireless locking, self-powered by harvesting the kinetic energy from a key turn. Both of these will be game changers — expect to hear more about them through 2019 and beyond,” said Thomas Schulz, Marketing and Communications Director of Digital and Access Solutions for EMEA at ASSA ABLOY.