Top video surveillance trends to watch for in 2018

Top video surveillance trends to watch for in 2018
AI and deep learning are some of the biggest topics these days, while GDPR to be implemented in Europe has become a key issue for security players around the world. It’s no wonder that they rank as some of the top video surveillance trends to watch for by 2018, in a recent whitepaper from IHS Markit.

“Far-reaching video-surveillance innovations are cropping up around the world. New trends continue to change the way consumers, businesses and machines interact, while also spurring the next revolution in security industry growth,” said the whitepaper, which surveyed analysts from the market research company.

That said, below are video technologies that IHS experts predicted would be trending this year.
 

Artificial intelligence and deep learning


Driven by the research-and-development investment from chip vendors, software startups and major video surveillance vendors, deep learning video analytic algorithms have been developed into fully deployable products, with user-friendly interfaces and scenario-focused solutions, according to the whitepaper. “For example, deep learning face-recognition algorithms are now available in search-engine applications designed to find missing people from video footage. Vendors that market vertically-focused deep learning applications aligned with their own existing portfolios should have good opportunities to grow,” it said.
 

Privacy and GDPR


In 2018, there will be an increase in the wider discussion about privacy and how the video surveillance industry protects the data it gathers due to the new European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) set to become law across EU member states (including the UK) in May 2018, IHS said. “GDPR will replace each EU member state’s own version of data protection law and is likely to increase public awareness about the rights ordinary citizens have regarding their own personal data protection. With a wide-ranging scope covering many industries, GDPR also has specific coverage for video surveillance data,” it said.
 

China versus the rest of the world


According to IHS, China is forecast to account for almost half (46 percent) of global professional video surveillance equipment revenue in 2018. It pointed out that there are two markets for video surveillance equipment: the Chinese market and the rest of the world. Interestingly, this point coincides with a&s’s own observation in its Security 50 report.
 

Drone detection technologies


Consumer drones are readily available for just a couple of hundred dollars and flown by anyone, with no prior training and without a license; therefore, the problem of drones in restricted airspace has become an increasing concern, IHS said. “Given the large physical area these restricted airspaces cover, simply being able to identify a nearby drone has proven challenging. Recent developments in drone detection technology mean that anyone wanting to secure a perimeter in 2018 will have to take into account the threat from above,” it said.
 

Video surveillance fault tolerance


Compared to the IT industry, the video surveillance industry is often viewed as having a relaxed approach to many aspects of failover and redundancy; however, as the multiple uses and perceived value of video surveillance data increases, rising demands for greater failover, redundancy and backups from end-users can be expected, the whitepaper said.
 

Forensic video analytics as a service


According to IHS, forensic video analysis has been available for some time, yet the improvement in accuracy provided by deep-learning technology over the past two years has been instrumental in delivering a level of competency reliable enough to assist human analysts. “We can expect to see increased convergence in post-recording video repositories, where multiple video sources are brought together and investigated using deep-learning video analytics,” it said.

The Xue Liang program


The Xue Liang program aims to connect all the video surveillance cameras installed in Chinese districts, towns and villages to a central surveillance platform at the county and national levels -- and build a comprehensive mechanism for video data sharing across law enforcement, emergency services and other government agencies, the whitepaper said, adding that more traditional video surveillance vendors are expected to add datacenter-ready hardware and cloud-enabled offerings to their portfolios, in order to meet the technology requirements of this program.


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