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A Look Ahead: What's Coming in the Security World in 2023?

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Here are four big changes on the horizon this year in the security industry. 

While 2022 brought the beginning of a return to normalcy in many ways, the world is still reeling from the impacts of the pandemic and its economic effects. In addition, new technology is making security systems more accessible and streamlined for businesses of every size. Learn what’s in store for the security industry in 2023. 

1. A move away from proprietary systems

One lasting effect of the turmoil of the pandemic is illustrated by the move away from proprietary systems. Because the last few years were full of supply chain issues, many large manufacturers have been unable to ship products for weeks or months, putting integrators and security providers far behind schedule. 

As a result, many enterprise customers have realized they will need to move toward flexible platforms. This shift means minimized exposure and cut risk. By choosing not to lock into specific products, customers retain the option to pivot to alternate solutions should supply chain issues arise and delay a specific part or product. 

2. Increase in cloud-based systems

While cloud-based systems earned plenty of hesitation in the security world for years, the benefits and capabilities of cloud-based security options are becoming more clear. Hosted systems allow for more efficient staffing, continuity between locations, and streamlined processes throughout business operations. 

2023 will bring even more businesses, especially small and midsize ones, migrating to cloud solutions for access control and video. At the same time, cloud solutions will keep evolving in order to meet future needs. As organizations continue to leverage cloud technology for other business operations, hesitation around cybersecurity will ease and more companies will adopt hosted security systems. 

3. Rise in mobile credentials

This year, expect to see even more organizations do away with key cards and pivot to mobile credentials. NFC and BLE will continue to gain popularity as new and growing companies rely on their ease of use. Mobile credentials help streamline daily processes for staff and security teams alike with no more lost keycards causing security breaches or disruptions in workflow. Without a drawn-out process for issuing and revoking access, mobile credentials free up valuable time and resources. With mobile credentials, personnel management processes can be performed remotely and without physical assets like plastic cards. 

4. Widespread use of video analytics

As video analytics grow sharper and more useful, a growing portion of organizations will leverage this tool. This year, video analytics will be used for tasks ranging from investigations to routine parking access. License plate recognition will facilitate access control in spaces like parking garages while also making it easier for security staff to identify intruders and other perpetrators. 

Video analytics will also allow for easy review of footage, permitting staff to search for all video of red shirts for example — or white cars, or other determining factors to follow up on any incident. Analytics may also be used to instantly sweep the building for a lost or left behind item. Video analytics will only continue to become more reliable as AI technology keeps advancing and camera resolutions increase. 

These shifts, among many others, will make 2023 a unique year in the security industry. At Security Control Integrators, our staff experts stay ahead of the trends in order to offer the latest guidance for your security needs. Get in touch today!