Across almost all sectors and industries a measurable trend can be observed indicating an increased desire for more proactive cloud-based security systems. With 40% of business executives now classing cyber-attacks as a primary concern, and physical property crime accounting for 80% of all non-violent criminal offenses, security teams are searching for novel ways to protect active businesses.
In line with changing needs, the video surveillance industry seems to be transforming rapidly to make better use of innovative technology. AI-powered analytics and integrated security features are amongst the most discussed topics, but what other cloud video surveillance trends should business leaders be looking out for in 2023?
AI-powered analytics and software tools
IBM’s 2022 Global AI Adoption Index found that 35% of companies are currently using AI to inform some aspects of their operations, with an additional 42% exploring the inclusion of AI tools in the near future. The utilisation of AI analytics alongside installed cloud surveillance systems allows security teams to collect valuable insights from recorded data to enhance existing policies and protocols.
Examples of this include facial recognition software, used to automatically identify repeat offenders captured by building security cameras, and alerting staff to their presence, with additional integrations including multi-factor authentication whereby employees are verified upon arrival using biometrics.
AI-powered tools are well-suited to cloud-based management systems, as maintaining and upgrading software is made both fast and simple, helping to reduce IT expenses and provide endless scalability options. With countless further integrations allowing for a truly adaptive and versatile security system.
One of the main draws to the implementation of cloud-based technology has long been the possibility for considerable operational savings. By removing the need for local servers, IT teams can reduce the costs associated with maintaining vital systems whilst also enjoying potentially limitless data storage.
To capitalise on this idea, many surveillance system integrators and security companies are offering multi-year subscription models featuring built-in discounts and price-protection guarantees intended to incentivise businesses opting for longer contracts. Choosing such a security plan essentially protects business owners from the negative impacts of possible future inflation-related price increases.
Considering how far-reaching the effects of current economic issues have been on businesses of all sizes, multi-year cloud security subscriptions are likely to remain popular over the next few years.
Cloud solutions for school surveillance
The US Department of Education announced plans to allocate $1 billion in funding to help educational facilities across the country improve overall health and safety measures in 2022. Much of this funding will be spent on strengthening security networks, allowing for the installation of cloud-based systems.
The implementation of school security cameras with cloud storage in a learning environment enables security staff to unify the operation of all security features using a centralised platform, reducing the workload of officers and helping to reduce incident response times through remote-access controls.
As more schools undertake plans to upgrade outdated security and IT technology, the adoption of cloud-based management platforms seems to be amongst the most desired choices, with countless possible integrations from visitor management and monitored access control to ensure that only verified persons can enter school ground to logistical benefits like parking and delivery management.
Automated parking management
Speaking of parking management, automated parking looks set to become a notable trend in cloud-based video surveillance, with the industry projected to see a growth rate of 16.7% between now and 2030. With more workers returning to the office and more cars on the road, building management teams are looking to leverage AI technology to help make more efficient use of parking facilities.
Cloud-based surveillance systems can be equipped with license plate recognition software and AI analytics to gain valuable insights into how parking facilities are commonly used, helping staff to plan more efficient policies and protocols to reduce congestion and implement efficiency improvements.
Parking apps can be developed allowing staff to book their own spaces and pay for externally operated parking facilities, with surveillance cameras able to detect suspicious vehicles outside of working hours and send alerts to security teams via cloud-based remote-access management.
Cloud-video surveillance makes use of ever-changing technologies and solutions to adapt and grow in line with the needs of growing businesses. Thanks to the additive nature of cloud-based technology, organisations are able to perpetually build upon existing systems to continuously improve and strengthen security protocols as novel trends develop and new technologies are introduced.
AI-based software appears to be making the biggest impact on cloud video surveillance solutions in 2023, with informed analytics and data configurations providing security teams with the tools needed to improve workflows and increase productivity, though systems must be cost-effective if they’re to be adopted.
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