Innovation in surveillance technologies — “Big Brother” goes open source

The surveillance industry is growing fast. That growth is being driven by innovations across the spectrum of verticals. A big piece of this market expansion comes from a shift in how the technology is used, and how it is thought about.

Much legacy surveillance technology has in the past, relied heavily upon closed-loop circuits and hardware. The philosophy was extremely limited functions and points of entry made surveillance tech difficult to access and spotting threat actors easy. Now, a term that we have been hearing more and more frequently across different industries is turning that idea on its head.

Open Source Solutions

Welcome to the age of the open-source.

In the days of open source code and technology, system security is achieved not by limiting access, but by promoting it. Many business intelligence communities have already been leveraging the benefits and security of open-source technologies, and according to Frost & Sullivan’s latest analysis; Global Surveillance Solutions Growth Opportunities, that’s precisely where the surveillance industry—across all verticals—is heading. As security systems and features become more advanced, the landscape is changing and this is a good thing.

 

Smart home security is a fast-trending technology.

 

Surveillance a Growth Industry — up 279.28%?

Globally, they are forecasting the surveillance industry to grow by 279.28%, with North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific leading the markets—in that order. Now, open-source technology has a major role to play in much of the innovation that is taking place.  The innovations break down into a few categories that will see much collaboration and integration taking place, though are strongly tied to the open-source ideology—which could loosely be summarized as strength in numbers.

Systems are becoming far more advanced with innovations in biometric and facial recognition technologies at the forefront. This is only the ‘front-of-house’ though, so to speak. It’s what’s going on in the operations centers and protocols that are seeing a real shift. That’s where the real action of change is being seen already.

 

Many people, and many companies, now use readily-available smart security systems.

 

Integration Capabilities

As surveillance solution providers are relying on integrated video surveillance and access control more, the systems become more advanced. For example, integrating video surveillance hardware with facial recognition and biometric recognition software allows monitors to view not just personnel in the area. They are also presented with the subject’s badge number or credential, name, date, and time stamp, as well as information on access—granted or denied.

Integration increases efficiency, security, and response capabilities. When this technological philosophy meets the world of data and open source technologies, we see exponential advancement. As solutions are already being utilized in the world of business intelligence such as data analytics and streamlined business models like surveillance-as-a-service, costs are cut, capabilities are up, and this industry is plowing into a prosperous future of growth.

 

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