Upcoming Video Surveillance Tech Trends

As 2022 approaches, customers and enthusiasts are excited about the latest technology trends in the security industry. Recent developments have shown that technology trends in 2022 will largely depend on advancements in smart video surveillance, analytics, and cloud storage. This is also supported by trend forecasts from certain manufacturers.

Awareness of the need for video surveillance systems has also increased, leading to more regulations on the use of cameras. However, there are also more privacy concerns, as artificial intelligence-based video surveillance systems appear more invasive.

Given all that and the fact that we are still under pressure from COVID-19, here is a list of key trends in video surveillance technology that experts are expecting:

Trend 1: AI-powered video analytics using deep learning for business intelligence

Artificial intelligence with its two popular components, machine learning and deep learning, is already driving innovation by delivering improved data and business intelligence. We have made significant achievements in diversifying metadata, improving accuracy, and increasing granularity that would allow surveillance systems to provide better security. Experts believe that deep learning technology could be introduced more widely in 2022, which would make video surveillance even more accurate while reducing costs. Tom Edlund, CTO of Briefcam, hopes that deep learning will work with computer vision to drive advancements in several areas beyond security, including robotics and medical imaging. When used in video surveillance, deep learning could speed up investigations by allowing searches and filters based on specific criteria, rule-based alerts based on specific behavior or objects, etc.

Laurent Villeneuve, Genetec Product Marketing Manager, expects more business intelligence applications from video analytics software. The pandemic has accelerated a trend already underway, and we see more and more business analytics applications being developed that are not limited and restricted to security.

Trend 2: Beyond the “edge” to increase speed and efficiency

In recent years there has been an increased focus on edge-based solutions that reduce processing time and are resource-efficient. However, the debates between the edge, the cloud and the server have continued as manufacturers try to get the most out of each platform.

Johan Paulsson, CTO at Axis Communications, believes that intelligent solutions for the edge, server and cloud will be implemented in 2022 in what is known as a “horizontal” shift. On the company blog, Paulsson stated that leveraging each platform would help manufacturers offer more scalable and flexible video surveillance solutions. For example, an edge-based solution can provide instant alerts when a threat is detected, and an operator can view this through a cloud-based application to take action.

Trend 3: Contactless or low-touch solutions, as fear of COVID-19 persists

COVID-19 has driven the increasing use of contactless solutions, such as access control with facial recognition. In video surveillance, solutions such as license plate recognition could gain popularity next year, as customers want to minimize the risk of physical contact.

“As contactless solutions continue to be a topic of conversation, AI-enabled cameras can automate many of the processes that used to require credentials,” said Fabio Marti, Chief Marketing Officer for Security and Safety. “For example, license plate recognition for smart parking areas can optimize space use and streamline access overall. The benefits of recognizing complex events in real time are increasingly important for the overall ability to react.”

Trend 4: Cloud technology as IoT arrives

In addition to the aforementioned horizontal approach to providing smart solutions, experts are also expecting a renewed focus on cloud storage. While not a new technology for the security industry, cloud video storage is gaining traction in non-security markets.

“This is all due in large part to the growing opportunities in the IoT space,” said Todd Dunning, a member of the ONVIF steering committee. “The cloud offers a variety of opportunities for businesses of all sizes, and its benefits have been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many organizations have been re-evaluating the traditional use of existing technology while looking for other methods to support day-to-day operations, such as monitoring clearances remotely or providing additional coverage when low staff is required.”

Cybersecurity has always been a problem for IP cameras, but in 2020 it reached a new record. Earlier this year, the FBI reported that it was receiving around 3,0004,000 cybersecurity complaints a day after the pandemic started, compared to around 1,000 a day before that. As more devices connect, CCTV hacking is no longer just about the security of surveillance footage.

In 2022, we can expect more customers to prioritize cyber-responsible security providers who follow best practices and comply with all required industry standards. These vendors would also have to keep an eye out for Zeroday exploits and implement patches as soon as the vulnerabilities are discovered.

Trend 5: Increased acceptance of video surveillance alongside data protection laws

We are seeing more and more countries and regions enforce stricter data protection laws that control the use of video surveillance technology. This would encourage companies to handle the data they collect carefully as they increasingly view video surveillance as a tool that would help them continue their operations in a post-pandemic world.

But awareness of the benefits of video surveillance is also growing. With the cameras and smart data, they provide, businesses can resume operations awhile ensuring the safety of employees and visitors. Today, video surveillance can help enforce the use of a proper face mask or other protective equipment, as well as adherence to building occupancy and social distancing guidelines.

Video surveillance technology in 2022

Current technology trends suggest that 2022 will see even wider use of artificial intelligence in video surveillance. AI video analytics already help businesses with security and more. With COVID-19, the use of contactless technology is also becoming increasingly popular.

As the world starts to recover from the economic crisis, interest in solutions will increase, cut costs, and improve efficiency. Intelligent video surveillance technology with analytics and cloud storage is the solution for these requirements. Meanwhile, CCTV cybersecurity will remain a major concern and vendors will place greater emphasis on further action.