2015 Security Technology Forecast—Video Management Systems (VMS)

Pearl River, NY (January 19, 2015) — In today’s professional security systems, almost every device can or will feature communication in the coming year. This provides new and exciting opportunities to offer deeper integrated solutions aimed at improving overall situational awareness and increasing system capability. This level of integration requires open-platform solutions, with manufacturers looking to add new technology partners in 2015. This expands possibilities and functionalities of new integrations and communication with security and surveillance systems. A larger and ever-expanding pool of devices and systems that are or will be integrated, introduces a number of potential challenges related to complexity and management. This can force organizations to make significant investments in the training and staffing required to ensure that security teams are proficient at working with these more complex systems.

In light of these developments, the scalability offered by VMS manufacturers makes them ideally suited to form the core solution for the advanced management these disparate devices and systems require. Open-architecture solutions further expand the functionality of security systems by facilitating greater integration between multiple systems and components. This enables more streamlined communication between various operations, increasing the effectiveness of security systems. As such, open-architecture VMS solutions will emerge as the clear choice for these potentially daunting tasks in 2015.

Doing More with Video

In many applications, video is used mainly for post-event investigation and documentation. Advanced functionality and capability, however, are changing this paradigm by allowing customers to accomplish more to get closer to prevention.

One function that will emerge in the coming year is the rise of predictive analysis. Software detects and analyzes abnormal behaviors based on established policies, issuing automatic alerts enabling management to take action when needed. Utilizing information and insights from trends reporting, security staff can implement additional policies to further increase the effectiveness of the security program. Video content analysis (VCA) provides the ability to detect specific targeted behaviors, movement patterns, areas of interest and more to provide instant alerts to appropriate personnel. With video data playing a vital role in today’s integrated solution, precise control and management of all video sources is more critical than ever.

A second function that will continue to grow in 2015 is situational awareness, which can be challenging with large or dispersed geographical areas, such as those in transportation or organizations with multiple locations nationwide or around the world. In security, time is of the essence, but high camera counts and multiple integrated systems can make it difficult to extract meaningful information in real time. In the next 12 months, detection, analysis, push-video delivery, first responder alerting and video-assisted response will become much more intuitive and usable, increasing safety and security levels.

The Cloud

As nearly everyone in the security industry knows by now, one of the most prevalent trends in recent years has been the expanded use of cloud technologies for security and surveillance. While some may not initially have recognized the potential of utilizing the cloud in security, its growing role has become an inescapable fact. The trend toward more widespread uses and adoption of the cloud for security and surveillance will continue in 2015 and beyond, with an increased amount of control and management solutions either residing in the cloud or integrated with cloud-based software solutions. With cloud-based solutions, compatibility with third-party software takes on critical importance. The same is true of the ability to accommodate multiple clients via the cloud in a SaaS model. As more and more cameras and other devices incorporate cloud storage capabilities, the number of providers across the security spectrum who offer service model technologies will also increase.

Cooperation and Collaboration

Collaboration between various entities, such as law enforcement and private security firms, is not a new concept. In 2015, however, it will be interesting to watch how this collaboration increases. For example, rather than deploy its own cameras and software, a police department may want to utilize those that have been implemented at a college or other institution. In this situation, not only would police have access to video coverage of various locations throughout their coverage area, but the college would also benefit from the increased security that comes from having its campus directly monitored by the police. So while this situation may have been viewed as advantageous to the police alone, growing awareness of the mutual benefits of cooperation and collaboration will lead to more of these types of relationships in the coming year.

About OnSSI

OnSSI offers breakthrough VMS technology that’s field proven at tens of thousands of installations globally. The company’s flagship Ocularis IP security and surveillance platform delivers open architecture, scalability and process automation at reduced operating costs. And with the addition of Ocularis Web and Mobile, utilizing OnSSI’s High Definition Interactive Streaming (HDIS), OnSSI delivers the fastest and highest resolution mobile and web access video delivery solution available.