Physical Security Predictions 2024

Tony Oliver, Head of Physical Security, North

New technological advancements are transforming the security industry at an accelerating pace, optimising and revolutionising existing security systems as needs evolve in tandem with advances in technology. North’s Head of Physical Security, Tony Oliver, shares his top predictions for the security industry in 2024.

Cloud-Based CCTV Systems

Despite its potential, cloud adoption remains relatively slow in the physical security industry. The adoption of cloud-based CCTV systems has been hindered in recent years due to costs and cyber security concerns with the cloud storage of images and ensuring compliance with regulations. As more and more organisations take advantage of the flexibility, scalability and ease of access cloud-based surveillance systems offer, take up is increasing. Cloud systems are becoming more widely embraced by organisations as they discover the benefits, from 24/7 centralised access to the increased return on investment they can bring to video surveillance and CCTV systems. 

Smart Cities

As Smart Cities platforms become more advanced, we will see a range of integrations from intelligent traffic management systems, connected vehicles, and ride-sharing services introduced into CCTV Control Centres to reduce congestion and enhance the user experience. Through the effective integration of platforms, end users, such as local authorities, can gain invaluable data-driven insights into how cities work, enabling them to take steps that improve city operations and management, including how they control the dynamics to maximise their value.

AI Partnerships

In what it being predicted as the year of AI, we can anticipate the adoption of virtual AI assistants across the security landscape, such as the introduction of Microsoft Co-Pilot style AI into more applications. Integration with AI technology will create automated workflows within the software, triggered by specific events. For instance, when an incident occurs, using the AI assistant an alert can be sent to security guards or relevant parties in real-time then highlight when the incident has been responded to and displaying the end-result.

Edge-Based Surveillance

With the advancement of technology and the rising demands on networks along with budgets being squeezed, there will be a shift towards more processing being carried out at the Edge of networked surveillance systems. This trend will lead to a rise in the adoption of edge-based surveillance systems, reducing the need for hyper-scaled, high-powered processing servers. By processing all the required data at each head-end device, the edge device can optimise network traffic, resulting in reduced overheads, carbon footprint, and costs. Ultimately, creating greener, more cost effective, faster surveillance systems.


15 January 2024