Video Surveillance Crystal Ball: 2019 Industry Predictions

In the video surveillance market, it could be said that analytics are getting their shot at an industry reboot.  Having overpromised and under-delivered a decade ago, recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning software have made intelligent video analysis a realistic capability for end-users to deploy at scale. Of course, the technology is still in its infancy and there are a number of challenges that must be overcome before it can be widely adopted.

Aside from video analytics, issues surrounding the cybersecurity of camera networks remain a major priority for manufacturers, systems integrators and end-users alike. Hackers have been keen to leverage vulnerable surveillance devices for a various malicious schemes over the years and given their pervasiveness among IoT devices, the threat is not expected to subside anytime soon.    

SecurityInfoWatch recently reached out to a number of industry experts to get their take on these and other trends that are expected to impact the industry in 2019 and beyond.

The Panel:

  • Jon Cropley, Principal Analyst, Video Surveillance, IHS Markit
  • Fredrik Nilsson, VP, Americas, Axis Communications
  • Tim Palmquist, VP, Americas, Milestone Systems
  • Andrew Elvish, VP, Genetec
  • Jeff Swan, VP of Security Marketing, North America, Bosch Security and Safety Systems
  • Paul Kong, CTO, Hanwha Techwin America
  • Jeff Whitney, VP, Marketing, Arecont Vision Costar
  • Jumbi Edulbehram, Regional President, Americas, Oncam

Tim Palmquist had some interesting input:

“Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence represent the next big tech changes that will forever disrupt the status quo in our industry. It may take several years for these technologies to play out — and they will come in many different forms — but the impact on security and surveillance will be fascinating. We’re already seeing leaps forward in hardware acceleration and other processes that are enabling complex processing tools now, and we’ll undoubtedly see more over the next year. “

“Today, we see most industry topics from a security point of view, but tomorrow we’ll talk in terms of data and the value of that data and what we can achieve. Tools are being developed now to automate user processes and to augment human operator effectiveness with information. The harvesting of data that’s currently left untouched will be a massive catalyst of change within our industry in the very near future.”

“There are a couple of impactful shifts happening. First, universal standardization will play a significant role as we look to build tools and systems that ingest data from multiple sources, independent of format. We need to develop tools that are adaptable to all the many different formats in the marketplace, not just data related to security. And along the same data sharing idea, as consumer-grade IoT innovations continue to advance and are expected by users, our industry is challenged to develop similar types of IoT technology, provoking us to think of new ways to solve both traditional and new challenges. “

“Applications and video management platforms are getting smarter and more useful, and users will benefit tremendously from increased automation and new capabilities that will augment human decision making. More solutions will be coming out that deliver greater precision and efficiency in understanding environments and profiling a multitude of anomalies. The VMS platform, the intelligent applications, hardware acceleration, cloud processing — all evolve and progress together, and the speed of advancement right now in our industry is remarkable. “

Read what all the contributors had to say to Editor Joel Griffin on