It’s traditional to take stock when a new year comes around, so the TDSi team has been thinking about how the security sector as a whole is evolving and what this could mean for the future.
Here are some interesting trends and upcoming events which we think will have a relevance not just in 2018, but in the future in general.
Wireless Smart Locks and Security Integration
We have been championing wireless smart locks for a while now and 2018 looks like the year where adoption will really gain momentum! There are so many benefits to wireless locking systems, both in terms of installation and operation.
There were some initial fears over the security of wireless locks, with certain historical statistics suggesting as many as 75% of early systems could be easily hacked to unlock at will. However, the use of 128 Bit AES Encryption (by the likes of Asa and SV) significantly protects against hackers.
On top of this, smart locking technology ensures that additional locks can be added easily, quickly and economically to ensure the security network meets the demands of the organisation.
The market is readily demanding these systems and the security industry is responding by offering greater choice and a lower price-point to match this.
Growth in the Perimeter Security Market
Figures from Research and Markets suggest the Global Perimeter Security market is expected to grow from $95.26 billion in 2016 to reach $224.89 billion by 2023, with a CAGR of 13.0%. This is hardly surprising when you look at the security needs of today – intrusion by criminals is a considerable worry for many organisations.
When thinking about the layout of security, it’s very easy to concentrate on the core areas, but the perimeter security is crucial too. As well as acting as the first line of defence and deterrent to casual attacks/intrusions, the perimeter also gives an early warning of potential problems. This allows for the security team to take measures well before it escalates into something more serious.
Its good to see that security operators in 2018 are thinking about this crucial line of defence and taking steps to maximise its impact.
Sectors Needing a Security Boost
Whilst security is universal, some sectors have bigger needs than others! A sector which perennially needs the best security is Transportation, which can face shocking consequences when it fails to do so.
Whether its airports, train stations, bus depots, sea ports or any other type of transport infrastructure, security is an important factor in protecting people and assets. These services need to be mindful of evolving threats, with international terrorism becoming more and more sophisticated and militant in its operations.
It’s not just transport that is at risk – any public spaces can leave people and property vulnerable to attack. This could be from terrorism, but equally other criminal activity such as robbery, pickpocketing, shoplifting, vandalism or violence in general. Whilst these areas already receive considerable security protection, they also need the most investment to ensure they stay relevant and one step ahead of threats.
GDPR Regulations in May 2018
The widely publicised GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is new legislation that goes live on 25th May 2018. GDPR is designed to harmonise data protection laws across Europe and empower all EU citizens with greater data privacy – which has an impact on any organisation which gathers and stores personal data.
This is big news as effectively it concerns virtually every organisation. Even in a post-Brexit UK, the Government is likely to adopt the rules and undoubtedly many businesses will trade with people or organisations within the EU and thus be subject to them.
There are big implications for the security sector too. GDPR will be a catalyst for achieving ‘Privacy by Design’ in security systems, with full end-to-end protection. At the same time, there needs to be clarity in everyone’s mind as to where the responsibility for compliance lies – namely with the organisation using the systems rather than the supplier!
Biometrics to the Fore
Biometrics (i.e. a system that uses the human body as security authentication) has been popular for a number of years. From the traditional fingerprint reader, right through to the latest systems such as iris and finger vein scanning sensors, there is a widening choice for any application.
What we are seeing now though, is an increase in demand for biometrics systems that are likely to be a key trend for 2018. The high levels of security on offer, in conjunction with an attractive price, means that rather than just being a top-end security purchase, these systems are now becoming a popular choice for many applications.
The Future Starts Here
The security market is a rapidly evolving one and there will inevitably be a few surprises in 2018, but hopefully, this gives you a flavour of what to expect!