The growing concern for information security will not diminish the need to secure physical assets. Even though it is now possible to lose valuable digital data and financial resources without the perpetrator setting foot on the place where the virtual theft happened, there still are numerous cases of physical burglary where high-value items and property have been compromised. As a matter of fact, businesses have lost billions to employee theft alone.

As such, camera surveillance still remains relevant and practical in this day and age. However, there has been a gradual evolution to the way CCTVs are improved and used. This is a natural response to prevailing consumer needs and the changing approaches to burglaries and other criminal offences.

With that being said, here are the industry forecasts on camera-based surveillance for the year 2013:

Cloud-based processing of IP cameras

Recordings are typically stored in the device itself or to some other component of the security system. However, there is a risk that the footage or the camera or security system itself may be carried off by smarter perpetrators who know their way around such equipment. But if the recordings are automatically uploaded to the cloud, there is no need to worry.

Nowadays, there are security systems that already include this cloud processing feature. More of these types of products will appear in the next few months.

Integration into intelligent buildings

Now more than ever, security systems will be unified and consciously incorporated into the architecture. They will no longer be “afterthoughts” – installed after everything is already in place. As such, the buildings are considered “intelligent” because these man-made structures are now responsive and capable of providing a safe environment to its occupants. It’s no longer about merely recording or detecting intrusions – it’s about preventing them from even happening.

Development of mobile surveillance

IP cameras have made it possible for you to see your property wherever you are. But this year, new technology will make it possible for you to use your mobile device as a monitoring tool.

Currently, there are efforts to develop an app that will turn smart phones and tablets into surveillance cameras. The footage will be sent into the same storage where conventional CCTV camera recordings are saved.

Centralisation of the monitoring processes of all security devices

At present, alarm systems, CCTV monitoring, and sensors operate independently from each other. This year, it is predicted that this status quo may not remain as it is for long.

There will be improvements in physical security information management (PSIM) in that it will fully link all devices and integrate them into a single system. As a result, surveillance efficiency increases and data collection will be faster and streamlined. The information it gathers is more likely to be of a better quality since the machines are now able to communicate with each other directly.

With these developments, it’s accurate to say the physical security industry is moving forward.

How about you? Are you moving forward in your efforts to create a safer and more secure home or business?

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