Milestone’s Reinier Tuinzing Describes New Convergence
Has convergence happened yet in the physical security market? And what exactly does it mean? SourceSecurity.com recently asked Reinier Tuinzing, Milestone’s Strategic Alliance Partner Manager (based out of Portland, Oregon) and he responded:
Traditionally in the security market, convergence has referred to the move to IP networked cameras and systems from analog technology. With IHS Research market numbers indicating an IP camera market of $6.6B in 2015 and $11.6B in 2020 compared to analog at $1.6B in 2015 decreasing to $0.6B in 2020, that scenario certainly seems to be converged and is starting to move towards a dominant IP market.
Now there is further evolution with the maturity of the physical security marketplace. While security operations have traditionally been separated from IT departments, we are seeing an increase in the involvement of IT departments with the purchase and management of security systems.
New convergence is the emergence of other types of non-video sensors and new technologies, where customers are looking beyond just video security and integrating multiple data streams from these other sensors. Video is used for verification of what these other sensors are ingesting. As the sensors trigger events that come into the system, the user verifies it with the video.
All these additional sensor events come into the database as metadata. All this metadata can be analyzed to provide additional information for situational awareness. For instance, access control captures the person going through a certain door at specific times of day – which may not in itself be an indicator of significance. However, in a facility with 5,000-10,000 doors where hundreds of events occur per hour, there could be information that would improve operational efficiencies or vulnerabilities.
Expand this information with metadata from bodyworn cameras, temperature sensors, sound sensors, etc., and all of a sudden, we have some BIG DATA from the security system that can be mined and analyzed for key learnings.
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