Six Trends, Predictions and Emerging Technologies Ahead of ISC West 2019
- By Joe Oliveri
- Mar 01, 2019
It’s time once again for the largest converged
security industry trade show in
the U.S.—ISC West. 2018 saw the largest
ISC West to date, with over 1,000
manufacturers across the physical, IT
and IoT spaces of security debuting their
new products at the tradeshow to over 30,000
security industry professionals. This year’s
show promises to be just as successful, if not
more so, as many of the emerging trends and
technologies displayed in 2018 are expected
to take center stage.
For example, artificial intelligence (AI),
machine learning and video analytics will
continue to make their impact known, and
as integration and usability remain key to
successful security and building management,
we’ll see them in new contexts. The
following predictions for ISC West 2019
dive deeper into how these innovations,
among others, will help move the security
AI and Machine Learning
Business intelligence tools—fueled by machine
learning and AI—help to “structure”
data and enable security systems to capture,
analyze and classify data that can be used for
different business and safety applications.
These technologies all work together with
each other to better support businesses and
buildings and will continue to have a strong
presence at this year’s show.
Advanced Video Analytics
In 2019, video analytics will continue to become
an integral component of security technology.
The amount of data and analytics that
physical security technologies are now able to
collect challenges the historical mindset that
security systems only serve a single purpose.
Unstructured data is difficult to analyze, and
thus to utilize effectively for businesses and security
professionals. Advancement in analytics
can help provide the ability to draw actionable
insights from structured data.
Integrated Security and
It has been demonstrated time and time
again that the best security solutions are integrated
with other building systems to deliver
value greater than the sum of the individual
parts. This has been true for most of time—
medieval castles had both moats and walls
that worked together to increase the overall
safety of infrastructure. In the 21st century,
we are beginning to see the same sort of cooperation
across different technologies. For
example, by knowing the occupancy of a
building through access control and motion
sensors, it help makes it possible to control
heating and cooling, lighting and fresh air
ventilation based on the number and location
The intrusion business is transforming and is
only expected to continue to develop. In circumstances
where intrusion technology was
once thought of as the best application to leverage,
video analytics are now being utilized.
Instead of only detecting areas of vulnerability,
surveillance cameras with video analytics
can help define virtual fences, track people
and objects, and perform face and license
plate recognition. Additionally, biometric access
control systems are being used to prove
a person’s identity before credentials, whether
those are a personal mobile smart device, an
access badge to enter a building or username/
password to log into a workstation—ultimately
initiating a multi-pronged security approach
to the intrusion business.
The industry is recognizing the need to be
smarter about cybersecurity as it’s becoming
a greater concern for customers. It’s our job
to offer customers guidance—whether it is
encryption in their video applications, debating
having a standalone network vs. a standard
IT network or ensuring they have the
right hardware from a security standpoint
that is robust enough to help combat cybersecurity.
This will not change as we move
into the new year, but rather it’s predicted to
be a greater focus.
As technologies are continuing to be implemented
more widely across the security industry,
they are rapidly becoming more userfriendly.
The platforms themselves are evolving
to be easier to operate for staff, and the insights
they provide are now more applicable to
a broader group of users and operators than
they once were. This means more streamlining
of processes and better outcomes in terms of
not only security threats,
but also reporting and day
to day operations.
Joe Oliveri is the vice president and general manager at Tyco Integrated Security.