Building security is always evolving. Just 10 years ago, the technology solutions used to protect a facility and its assets were much different from what they are today. And in another 10 years, even more exciting innovations will be entering the mainstream.
As a value-added reseller, this continual movement gives you the opportunity to provide true insight and value to your customers by keeping them up to date on the latest and greatest.
Today, we discuss five key building security trends that your customers should know about right now:
1. Better video resolution for all
As 4K cameras gradually enter the mainstream, customers in general are benefitting from higher resolutions at more affordable prices. Most building owners can get away with HD cameras, rather than investing in 4K, and still achieve a perfectly usable picture. (In fact, some researchers indicate the HD CCTV market will grow by almost 40 percent this year.) As prices fall, your customers might consider making the move to a higher resolution, especially if they are still using older technology.
Meanwhile, for those looking to upgrade their resolution, bandwidth and storage are becoming less of a concern. Not long ago, these were the most expensive aspects of many surveillance installations. Today, thanks to better video compression and cloud-based storage offerings, your customers have many more cost-effective options available to them.
2. A move toward networked access control
As access control evolves, there is a move away from discrete, stand-alone systems and toward networked solutions. This new breed of access control is providing customers with a wealth of information and intelligence. Much like video analytics data, this valuable information can be used to achieve greater insight and a higher level of security in buildings of all kinds.
When networked access control is leveraged to its full potential with video surveillance, visitor management, alarms, and other security platforms, customers can begin to move from reactive to proactive security. This increased awareness allows many end users to prevent common security issues and also achieve faster response when an incident does occur.
3. Mobility at every turn
Mobile security features are no longer just for larger buildings and enterprises. Your customers of all sizes should be able to benefit from mobile security capabilities, such as video streaming, remote camera management, access control, visitor management, and other key functions.
Today’s vendors are making mobility a key function of their access control, surveillance, and other platforms. For customers leveraging legacy systems without these features built in, new mobile security apps can help fill the gaps.
4. Easy access control
Your customers want access control technology that provides a high level of security, while their end users demand ease of use. It’s no wonder quick-throughput biometrics have seen an uptick in recent years, with particular interest in the areas of fingerprint, facial recognition, and iris scan.
Meanwhile, contactless access control is gaining traction. These systems allow end users to simply present their smartphones to gain access to a building or room. Using Bluetooth Low Energy technology, these systems read the credential stored on a user’s phone to verify his or her identity and then grant access.
5. Practical building automation applications
Finally, there is a growing interest in automating certain functions in both old and new buildings. Linking systems that were previously unrelated is becoming increasingly easy and affordable, due to the growth of the Internet of Things and the prevalence of wireless sensor networks.
Most often, building owners are looking to integrate and automate their security, HVAC, and lighting systems. As a result, the customer can improve its energy efficiency, while also enjoying other benefits, such as improved convenience, remote access, enhanced comfort, and a higher degree of safety.
What building security systems or devices are most in demand in your market? Are your customers open to some of these newer trends?