If 2021 has taught us anything, it is that change is unavoidable, even in seemingly inflexible and steady industries like physical security. With the expansion of remote work, increased cybersecurity awareness, and changing office layouts, the manner in which businesses tackle their physical security in 2022 and beyond is expected to see further changes.
When it comes to physical security, you can never be too safe. Any expert will tell you that educating yourself, adopting new ideas, and rethinking your approach to physical security is one of the best ways to stay ahead. This article will examine some of the physical security industry trends you can expect to see in the near future and give you our predictions of how you can best implement these ideas with your customers.
Continue reading below to learn more about what you can expect to see unfold in 2022 and discover how Quick Response can help future-proof your customer’s businesses.
Top 10 Security Industry Trends to Watch for in 2022
Here are the ten most prominent trends we believe will shape the future of physical security in 2022.
Remote Security and Management
Working from home and through remote teams increased exponentially in 2021, and it shows no signs of slowing down. In 2022, we suspect that we will also see an increase in system managers managing and administering their entire business operations remotely.
From regulating building access to instantly providing credentials to users, organizations have the increased ability to react to security vulnerabilities in real-time, allowing for faster responses and reducing the potential for damage from a security breach. These remote solutions give security companies an edge in the long run and help them execute their duties even more efficiently without needing to be on-site.
Digital experiences will continue to dominate the market as we look to the future of physical security, and visual verification is another thing we see playing a vital role in 2022 and beyond. As companies migrate further away from traditional badges and key card systems in favor of unified mobile credentials, visual verification allows security companies to deliver contactless or reduced-contact services while also reducing workload expenditures.
Instead of waiting to print and issue a physical card, visual verification allows organizations to quickly verify, authorize, and manage personnel remotely, which can be incredibly beneficial to companies already using mobile credentials.
With more cloud-based and internet-powered technologies than ever before, automation is proving to be a critical piece to workplace efficiency and productivity. Between linking building access control and existing security systems, companies can free up valuable resources and identify where operations can be made more efficient and streamlined through automation.
While biometric authentication has only previously been used in high-security locations, we see them being used more by traditional companies in the future. Though the abrupt adoption of health screening equipment was caused primarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the newly installed systems allow security companies to repurpose them after the pandemic has passed.
There are many different types of biometrics, and not all of them will grow in popularity at the same rate. Still, we believe biometrics will become more widespread on computers, door locks, and company equipment over the next year.
Convergence is the merging of IT and physical security programs. Though these two security sectors are inextricably linked, convergence is a physical security trend that will continue to gain traction in the upcoming years.
Thanks to modern technology, businesses and individuals live in an incredibly merged reality and often worry about resources in both the physical and networked worlds. Convergence across all sectors will deliver more seamless and cost-effective solutions for security companies to complete their duties using highly complex, detailed, and sophisticated security intelligence.
AI-Powered Video Analytics
Video analytics powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning (DL) technologies have become widely used in 2021, and it’s something that we believe will also see continued growth in 2022. The expansion of AI-powered video analytics software will allow security companies to filter through mountains of data using AI and machine learning methods to uncover new insights that would otherwise go unnoticed.
Cloud and Cloud-Hybrid Solutions
Because many workers will continue to work from home in the upcoming year, security companies will need to think about protecting their customers from afar. However, though business owners are becoming more aware of the benefits of various cloud solutions, many of them would opt for hybrid architecture. Quick Response offers a hybrid monitoring solution that we call fusion monitoring for customers with their own central station.
With a hybrid approach, security companies will be more agile in making decisions about improving redundancy, resource management, and availability to meet their customer’s changing needs. A hybrid approach also allows security companies to deploy specific systems or applications on the cloud while also keeping on-premises systems operational.
Smartphones have swept the globe thus far. While they will continue to do so in 2022, they also provide security personnel with the ability to interact with other smart technologies such as door locks and monitoring systems.
Using smart technology, security professionals will soon be able to more easily monitor remote locations, adjust cameras, activate lighting, and more in a single interface. We also see smart technology being used as authentication tokens, in addition to biometrics, exponentially improving the effectiveness of these security solutions.
The ability to protect data is critical to any company’s success. Cybersecurity is becoming more of a problem with users working remotely as more data is continuously traveling between scattered teams. Security companies should consider taking all possible precautions to reduce cybersecurity risks and prevent cyberattacks.
Implementing innovative physical security strategies to protect places where confidential data is stored, such as centralized security hubs and activity logs, can help security companies prevent such data from falling into the wrong hands.
As we’ve seen throughout 2021, user privacy is critically important, and businesses have begun to realize this the hard way. As a result, more companies have started reconsidering how they collect, store, and exchange personal data. Security companies will need to confront privacy concerns head-on and develop solutions from the ground up, with data privacy being the driving factor.
Keep Your Customers Prepared for the Future with Quick Response
Though the security industry is evolving by the minute, staying ahead of the trends is one of the best ways to ensure consistent growth and security for your customers. However, what is undeniable is that technology will continue to play an increasingly essential role in physical security.
For any security company, knowing current physical security industry trends and foreseeing possible changes is critical. At Quick Response, we’ve made it our business to ensure that you have everything you need to keep your customers safe.
For more than 40 years, Quick Response has been a national leader in providing 24/7 physical security solutions for our customers. From video monitoring and analytics to IP alarm monitoring and mobile applications, our security solutions provide your customers with a unified experience that keeps them safe, no matter the time of day or night.
To learn more about our comprehensive list of physical security solutions and discuss your customer’s specific needs, contact Quick Response today to speak with one of our security experts about how we can help you better protect your customers.