Author: Joe Oliveri, Vice President, General Manager, Security, Johnson Controls’ Building Technologies & Solutions, North America
Published: Mon, Jan 7, 2019


One trend we saw gain momentum in 2018 was the adoption and advancement of video analytics and data. In 2019, analytics are expected to increasingly become an integral component of security technology and have expanded use-cases across industries. The amount of data and analytics that physical security technologies are now able to collect challenges the traditional mindset that security systems serve a single-purpose. Fueled by interconnectivity, we are now able to garner insights from a broad range of sources including video surveillance cameras, access control, motion sensors and more.

Moreover, the technology is becoming easier to use and the insights that are gained are now more applicable to a broader group of users and operators than they once were. Because of this we are starting to see its applicability in a wider range of use cases. One example of this is in the intrusion business. Video analytics are being leveraged in instances where intrusion technology was previously thought of as the best application to use. Surveillance cameras with video analytics can be used to help define virtual fences, track people and objects, and perform face and license plate recognition.

Another use case includes integrated video analytics and access control to better understand the movement of people and who is accessing certain areas of the facility and when. Both technologies are important, but when combined, they are offer greater value to the customer. From monitoring the flow of occupants and overseeing who enters a restricted area, to detecting unusual activity during off-hours and notifying the appropriate parties of suspect behavior, video analytics add an extra layer of security and intelligence to access control. As a result, customers have increased visibility, insight and risk mitigation readiness for their facility, assets and employees.

Beyond the additional use cases that video analytics can help offer customers, the adoption of these technologies is largely being driven by the accessibility and usability of data via the cloud. Unstructured data is hard to analyze, which means businesses fail to utilize the data their systems have gathered. 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.

Learn we can help integrate video analytics to your current security system and better support your business in 2019 here.


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