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NOV 2018

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52 Security Dealer & Integrator / www.SecurityInfoWatch.com November 2018 Alarms & Monitoring According to a 2017 forecast by market research firm Gartner, the installed base of connected products – commonly referred to as Internet of Things (IoT) devices – stood at more than 6 billion in 2016, with that total expected to rise to more than 20 billion by 2020. Along with the predicted increase in IoT device deployments also comes a subsequent rise in demand for services, such as those provided by systems integrators; in fact, Gartner estimates total spending on IoT endpoints and services reached nearly $2 trillion in 2017. In addition, security devices, especially surveillance cameras, comprise a significant portion of the IoT device market. IHS Markit predicts the market for video surveillance will grow at a rate of 10.2 percent in 2018, reaching $18.5 billion globally. With a greater number of cameras and other data points available than ever, more information is now available at the fingertips of SOC operators, and they will require the proper tools to sort through and efficiently process this data to be able to make sense of it. With systems integrators today playing a bigger role in advising their clients on technology purchasing decisions, it will be incumbent on them to serve as trusted advisors to the end-user community to separate fact from fiction as it relates to Big Data analysis solutions to help them design the future-proof security control rooms of tomorrow. The Emergence of AI Security systems integrators are undoubtedly familiar with video analytics and their potential to help end-users better prioritize security incidents by more efficiently detecting and verifying anomalous events and alarms. The problem with the initial wave of video analysis solutions that hit the market more than a decade ago, however, is that they simply did not work as intended and caused more headaches for end-users and integrators than they were worth. Video analytics are experiencing a renaissance these days, thanks to advances in machine learning technologies, which enable algorithms to become better refined over a period of time without any additional effort on the part of the user. Given the amount of network cameras that are going to be leveraged in the future, combined with the data they are going to generate, intelligent video analysis tools are going to be a vital part of control room solutions moving forward and already are in many cases. Integrators – either traditional physical security integrators or those who specialize in control rooms and audio/video (A/V) equipment – must become familiar with the various types of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine-learning solutions on the market as well as learn their strengths and weaknesses to make informed recommendations to their clients. There has already been a big push to integrate cutting-edge technologies, such as license plate and facial recognition systems, into today’s SOCs – and that will be driven even higher as these solutions are enhanced with the help of AI. The Promise of Augmented Reality The concept of augmented reality, which essentially involves the use of live or recorded video streamed simultaneously with other data points overlaid on top of it, is also starting to gain traction in security. Imagine the numerous scenarios where having video combined with data from other security sensors and even control of other systems merged into a single pane of glass could make for a more comprehensive and effective response. Rather than having to move between multiple workstations or monitors within an SOC, operators will be able to put on a pair of glasses or pick up a tablet and have the ability to remotely access and control various security systems with a simple gesture. As with AI and other emerging technologies that introduce more data into the SOC, augmented reality also poses the threat of presenting too Given the amount of network cameras that are going to be leveraged in the future, combined with the data they are going to generate, intelligent video analysis tools are going to be a vital part of control room solutions.

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