The “2023 Tech Trends Maturity and Suitability Index Survey," sponsored by ZKTeco, garnered responses from 633 channel players offering validated insights into the technologies significantly impacting the video surveillance and access control industry. This year's survey includes a closer look at biometrics, with insights on industry and emerging trends from key market players and a comprehensive analysis of the survey results. The full survey results and discussion can be found here.
Ongoing and emerging trends
Mature and suitable: Radar and LiDAR (2), edge processing/storage (3), unmanned security platforms (4), artificial intelligence (5) and 5G wireless communications (6); Mature but not as suitable: Li-Fi (1)
5G ranks high in the survey and for good reasons too; the technology with its fast speed and low latency has been a key enabler in AIoT and is now increasingly seen in video surveillance with more cameras being 5G-enabled. Also ranking high are edge processing/storage, unmanned security platforms (robots and drones) and radar/LiDAR, the latter of which are companion detection technologies to video surveillance, being able to detect objects in inclement conditions. LiFi or light fidelity is becoming mature yet is still deemed unsuitable as a transmission solution.
Access control
Mature and suitable: Touchless biometrics (7) and building/property management integration (8); Mature but not as suitable: Unimodal biometrics (1), touch biometrics (2), wireless locks (3), cloud access control (4) and digital twins (5); Not as mature nor suitable: Multimodal biometrics (6)
Touchless biometrics such as face and palm recognition are gaining ground post-pandemic, while building management integration suits the current green and sustainability trends well. Unimodal biometrics and touch biometrics, while technologically mature, rank lower in suitability as organizations attach a stronger importance to the security, safety and health of their workers. Multimodal biometrics, on the other hand, is moving up along the suitability index due to the extra layer of security it offers. Click here for the full result of our access control survey.
Video Surveillance
Mature and suitable: Mobile apps for video surveillance (7), lowlight color cameras (6), 4K resolution (5), cloud video surveillance (4) and bi-spectral camera (3); Not so mature nor suitable: 8K resolution (1) and tri-spectral camera (2)
Lowlight color cameras offer good color-capturing capabilities in lowlight conditions and continue to gain ground in video surveillance thanks to more advanced lenses and image processors available. 4K allows users to zoom in and still see clear images, making it useful in large-scene environments such as city surveillance. Bi-spectral cameras whereby visible light and thermal camera units are combined into one device are beneficial in industrial settings. By comparison, 8K resolution and tri-special cameras (with UV combined) are not as suitable, at least at this point in video surveillance. Click here for the full results of our video surveillance survey.

Our Survey

The tech trends reader survey was conducted by in October 2022 with 323 industry players worldwide providing their feedback. Our respondents mainly consisted of distributors (35%), system integrators/installers (27%), consultants (21%), end users (9%) and manufacturers (4%). Asia & Oceania was strongly represented (58%), followed by EMEA (26%), and Americas (16%).

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