Author: Joe Oliveri, Vice President, General Manager, Security, Johnson Controls’ Building Technologies & Solutions, North America
Published: Thu, Sep 14, 2017

At Johnson Controls, we’re always focused on innovative strategies and programs that put our customers’ needs first. The following are a few of those innovations that we’re focused on and you can expect to see more in the coming year:

  • Cloud Video: The integration of cloud and hosted video into security programs continue to offer many benefits for our customers. Notably, cloud video allows you to remotely store, manage, view and monitor video entirely in the cloud via an Internet connection, simplifying management of multiple locations. It can also leverage existing IP and analog cameras to reduce cost.

  • Biometrics: Sure, biometrics have been around for a while. However, the focus will soon be on easier and more seamless experience with the technology. For instance, biometrics can be used to complement traditional physical security technologies like access control and eliminate the need to manage keycards or passwords. We’re currently working with ContinUse Biometrics, a developer of remote, contactless biometrics, and the company can now continuously measure more than 20 bi-parameters with high accuracy. With this technology, access control will become even smarter by providing multi-factor authentication combined with bio competence monitoring – for both physical and digital access control.

  • Drones: Drones will have several applications for security in the years to come. For example, drones can be stationed on-site, charged and protected by their hub, enabling fast reaction to any need in the field, day or night. They can also be retrofitted with additional sensors and other equipment to detect gas leaks, thermal energy or smoke. When equipped with some of the items previously mentioned, drones provide essential information to life safety organizations to speed up emergency response. Lighted drones with voice messaging could be used to direct employees or the public to the best exit route in case of a mass evacuation, too.

  • High-Resolution Radar: Radar systems are a cost-effective way to monitor perimeters and will soon be an important addition to customers’ security portfolios. They easily integrate into existing security systems and can be automated with technology, like security cameras, to provide complete perimeter protection. Additionally, these devices have no moving pieces, so they are robust and easy to maintain. They can also operate in bad weather or poor lighting conditions.

For the remainder of 2017 and into 2018, I expect businesses to increase their focus on innovation and release unique products that are tailored to customer needs. Keep an eye out for the technologies mentioned above because these will likely start to shape the industry. What other technology do you think will shape the security industry? Please, share them with me in the comments.

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