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Peeking At The Security Sector In 2022

The increasing use of technology-infused surveillance solutions coupled with cybersecurity risks sparked conversations around trust and transparency, making privacy a key concern. There’s a healthy desire from both individuals and organisations, to ensure that new technologies are being adopted in ways that we can trust.

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Peeking at the Security Sector in 2022

2021 has redefined the way we live. With the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns resetting the work culture norms, innovation became the need of the hour for all enterprise operations. Security and surveillance are one such industry that rose to become the dark horse of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Touching upon all works of lives - public, personal and commercial, as the long-standing confidante, securing millions of individuals, the role of surveillance has widened its scope by being the extended eyes and ears of the city authorities and to business leaders for fulfilling goals and taking care of their employees.

The growth of command-and-control rooms and the popularity of low and no contact technologies boosted the perception of surveillance beyond just a mere tool for crime prevention. Security solutions with people-counting capabilities set the standards for monitoring, to ensure adherence to social distancing regulations. Additionally, data explosion owing to internet penetration and rapid adoption of cloud solutions brought in a renewed focus on upgrading the surveillance systems for data centers and the critical infrastructure industry, among others. The increasing use of technology-infused surveillance solutions coupled with cybersecurity risks sparked conversations around trust and transparency, making privacy a key concern. 

Now more than ever, there’s a healthy desire from both individuals and organisations, to ensure that new technologies are being adopted in ways that we can trust. With customers looking at agility and open platforms to problem-solving, let’s look at the technology trends that can build a trusted technology ecosystem in 2022: 

Glancing at the Future of Work 

With remote working becoming commonplace this year, the next year will see major IT organisations leaning towards a hybrid work culture. This will raise the demand for a robust surveillance solution to extend top-notch services to ensure employee safety while maintaining perimeter security. The adoption of hybrid solutions including the combination of cloud, on-prem, and edge technologies peaked last year. Businesses will address the issue relating to the architecture of their technological infrastructure, internal resources, and external forces like regulations. The surveillance sector will play a critical role in equipping the customers with the right tools and more freedom in choosing the best solution that can be built on their existing infrastructure. 

Deployment of Fair AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has indeed been a quintessential technology, seamlessly integrated into our daily activities. Moving from a business vision to making it a reality, organisations and the government will work towards developing legislations and regulations of AI at all levels - local, regional and international level to ensure that it is being implemented ethically and without bias. As AI becomes embedded into every aspect of video surveillance, we will experience a greater integration of AI into the most fundamental levels of technology. For instance, we will see AI employed to enhance and optimise all aspects of video surveillance performance, from camera configuration to image quality to analytics.

Cybersecurity retains the crown

With data breaches reaching an all-time high in 2021, cybersecurity continues to be one of the most sought-after solutions across all industries. Remote working has further amplified the role of Zero trust networks to evaluate each time a device or application connects to a network. Thus, signed firmware, regular software updates, secure boot, encrypted data/video, and secure identity will become hygiene factors in customer solutions, moving from ‘nice to have’ to ‘must have’. 

The tale of indispensable authentication  

While a zero-trust approach to cybersecurity focuses on authentication of the credentials of connected devices and applications, it will be critical to establish and verify video surveillance footage as well. Thus, it will be imperative for all organisations to align with the initiatives to standardise on ways to secure the authenticity of video footage captured by surveillance cameras, based on open-source software.

COVID-19: Secret Stimulant to Business Innovation

The long-term impact of the pandemic has acted as a boom for multiple sectors and propelled the acceleration of the digital transformation journey of all businesses. Creating a disruption in the supply chain, the pandemic has pushed organisations to rethink their operational system and opt for ways to create and source essential components for their products and solutions. For example, the global shortage of semiconductor chips has set in motion the drive to design own system-on-chips (SoCs) for specific applications.

5G: Moving from a ‘Hype’ to a ‘Trend’

Though the concept of 5G has existed in the industry for some time now, the number of valuable use cases in its implementation has gained prominence only recently. As private 5G networks are emerging as a more compelling technology, there is a genuine potential for the use of it in the surveillance industry bringing in cybersecurity benefits. 

The rise and rise of sustainability

Sustainability will be a part of every innovation: how we design and manufacture products, run our business, the performance of our suppliers – everything is aligned to reducing the environmental impact. Wherever a technology looks like presenting an opportunity, it needs to be examined through the lens of sustainability before bringing it to the market.

2022 will no doubt be another fascinating year; one not without challenges but which will also bring significant opportunities. As ever, we’re looking forward with optimism.

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Sudhindra Holla

The author is Director, Axis Communications India & SAARC

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