Johan Paulsson, CTO at Axis Communications, discusses Axis’ top 10 technology predictions that will help facilitate a smarter, safer world for European firms.
The pace of technological innovation is such that even the most fantastic of imagined futures could become reality in the near future. That is why as we step into the New Year, Axis has put together its top 10 technology trends that it believes will have a major impact on the physical security industry in 2018.
1: At the edge technology
Cloud computing and IoT have been growing trends, delivering undeniable benefits to businesses and consumers. This has come with its own implications, namely an increased amount of data being transferred from connected devices to the data centre for processing and storage, with increased bandwidth required. Edge computing alleviates this issue by performing processing at the edge, closer to the source of the data. Doing so reduces the bandwidth needed.
Despite the move towards edge computing, the cloud will continue to play a role in infrastructures. With an increasing number of cloud-based services, the cloud ecosystem is becoming the preferred point of integration, rather than the on-premise system. One benefit of integration between clouds is a potential reduction in IT services, creating great cost benefits.
3: Deep and machine learning
Today the benefits of deep and machine learning can start to be realised. Big data is helping businesses become intelligent. As applications develop, there are opportunities for predictive analytics to facilitate incident prevention, including terrorism, workplace accidents, traffic issues, crime, railway suicides, etc..
4: Personalisation v privacy
Deep learning will help deliver personalised services. For example, a store customer’s face could be recognised, with product offers pushed to their mobile device based on previous purchases. This example immediately highlights privacy concerns. Legislation is being created to address this. In the EU, the forthcoming GDPR will unify the protection of data for individuals, wherever that data is held or used.
The constant enhancement of cybersecurity will be never-ending, because well-resourced criminals will never stop looking to exploit vulnerabilities in technology. As the number of connected devices grows, so too do the potential flaws that could provide the opportunity for networks to be breached. It is essential companies work with vendors, suppliers and installers that take cybersecurity seriously.
6: IoT Platforms
IoT has reached a point where it is crucial to use scalable architecture to collect and analyse data, and manage connected devices. Such an IoT platform allows equipment from different vendors to coexist and easily exchange information to form smart systems. There are companies, both well-established providers of technology and new market entrants, enabling platforms to support IoT devices, and 2018 will see further maturation.
7: The Blockchain: more than Bitcoin
For many, blockchain and Bitcoin have become synonymous. In reality there are differences, but while Bitcoin uses blockchain as its foundation, the potential for blockchain to verify anything that has a value is almost limitless. 2018 will see blockchain used to verify video content from multiple sources for use within forensic investigations.
8: Breaking down smart city silos
As the world’s population is increasingly housed in cities, the use of sensors to create more liveable, sustainable and safe environments will increase. A true smart city is a vision for urban development that integrates information, data, communications and IoT technologies in a secure fashion to manage a city’s assets. Traditionally, most services have operated in silos. Going forward, a city can only truly be ‘smart’ when all its data is open and usable across every service.
9: Non-visual sensors
Until recently, most of the data available to surveillance operators was video footage, which only delivers a two-dimensional perspective. With the use of non-visual sensors such as radar technology, this can become multi-dimensional, providing data that will enable more accurate assessments of situations. This could reduce the number of false alarms caused by innocuous sources.
10: Virtual assistants
The last year has seen consumer adoption of virtual assistants. Amazon Alexa and Google Home have gained momentum as technologies to help people manage their lives, and forthcoming technologies will build on this. It is inevitable that these technologies will find their way into the business environment, as consumers demand the same levels of support at work as they have at home.