Five trends in video surveillance to watch in 2024

January 16, 2024

Hanwha Vision, a global vision solution provider, has identified the five trends in video surveillance to watch in 2024. Already commanding significant attention, these are set to take even greater prominence in 2024 as technology develops further and users put video systems to new and innovative business uses.

Video surveillance technology has evolved over the past decade, and significant opportunities have now opened up for video users, as well as installers and integrators. Those who embrace the transformation of video – from single application security technology to a solution that leverages AI and the cloud to help users meet wider business challenges – will reap considerable benefits.

Indeed, this evolution of video technology, from its roots in security to taking pride of place in the business technology toolkit alongside 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT), for example, is confirmed in research from Hanwha Vision Europe. A recent survey of 1,000 business leaders in the UK, Netherlands, Italy, Germany and France reveals that almost one-third (31%) now champion AI-enabled video as a means of solving their business challenges. For context, this is nearly double the number who favour automation and robotics (17%) and almost the same as those who see 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT) as key to solving their challenges (32%).

As Pread Um (Suk Bong), Product and Marketing Director at Hanwha Vision Europe, notes: “Video holds huge potential in streamlining operations, providing valuable data to inform strategy and planning and helping to secure people and assets. In 2024, video looks set to establish itself as an essential tool for business.”

An AI-powered business game changer

The increasing combination of security cameras and AI is key to the transformation of video technology from pure surveillance functions to wider business use.

Hanwha Vision has long championed trustworthy AI for video, rightly predicting that the technology would accelerate to enable data insights and forecasting through deep real-time event and post-incident analysis.

Given the development of the technology, Pread Um (Suk Bong) highlights its increasing value: “Data and AI-driven predictive analytics provide valuable insights into critical business processes and help identify risks before they emerge.”

AI-based predictive analytics in video consists of three processes: video information collection, exploratory data analysis, and scenario modelling. Sectors, including smart cities, retail, manufacturing, logistics, and healthcare, are putting the technology to work to gain efficiency through cost reduction, process optimisation and service quality improvements. They are also using video to improve safety and prevent accidents.

2024 could be the year that AI-enabled video breaks through to mainstream business use!

The edge continues to gain momentum

The considerable interest in AI ‘at the edge’ will only grow in 2024.

By combining AI and edge computing in the camera itself (‘at the edge’), data is processed when and where it is generated. This helps users gain immediate insights from their video data and save time and money, as large amounts of data do not need to be transferred to separate locations for storage and processing. A single edge device takes care of everything – from video capture and storage to analysis and cloud connectivity – instead of requiring separate system infrastructure.

According to Pread Um (Suk Bong), “The biggest advantage of edge AI cameras is that video analysis takes place on-site, providing faster insights to facilitate real-time decision-making in critical scenarios.”

Having pioneered AI at the edge, Hanwha Vision continues to add more features to edge AI cameras to meet the needs of different verticals. In 2024, more sector-specific edge AI functions will be introduced to address common challenges in retail, manufacturing, and logistics applications.

As part of Hanwha Vision’s commitment to developing solutions at the edge, 2023 also saw its introduction of SolidEDGE, the first solid-state drive (SSD)-based camera that allows recording at the edge itself.

The transition to the cloud gathers speed

The benefits of cloud services were demonstrated during the pandemic, with business trust in the cloud increasing significantly as a result. Pread Um (Suk Bong) explains further: “Now, as AI becomes prevalent, we see businesses investing in cloud-based services to support video strategies built around AI.”

Unlike building an on-premise solution, cloud technology can be scaled according to demand, with many European firms increasing their cost-efficiency through cloud services that do not require a large initial investment and can be managed centrally and scaled up or down with ease.

What’s more, a cloud-based video surveillance system, or VSaaS (Video Surveillance as a Service), can be easily incorporated into an existing system and integrated with other security systems such as access control, fire detection and building management, as well as AI and data analytics solutions.

Cybersecurity will continue to dominate the business agenda

The convergence of new technologies, such as the cloud and AI, has advanced the capabilities of video cameras and ensured their widespread adoption across sectors of all types. At the same time, cybersecurity threats have increased. In response, 2024 is expected to see the introduction of the Cyber Resilience Act (CRA) and Network and Information Security Directive 2nd Edition (NIS2) across the EU.

CRA is a regulation that sets minimum cybersecurity requirements for products with digital elements. Under the regulation, products, including video cameras, must be designed and developed with security in mind, protected against known vulnerabilities and updated regularly with security patches.

NIS2, meanwhile, is a directive adopted by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union in December 2020. EU member states are expected to comply with NIS2 by October 2024 to meet specific measures aimed at improving the cybersecurity of network and information systems across the EU.

Pread Um (Suk Bong) explains: “As the CRA and NIS2 come online, users, installers and integrators must ensure the manufacturers they work with are compliant. Hanwha Vision has already announced its preparedness for the upcoming legislation.”

Indeed, Hanwha Vision has been hardening its security measures for many years, including removing chipsets manufactured in blacklisted countries from its products and basing its manufacturing operations in South Korea and Vietnam. Hanwha Vision also operates a dedicated cybersecurity team, S-CERT, that conducts regular security tests to discover and address security vulnerabilities promptly. The company continuously obtains certifications from reputable global accreditation bodies such as UL CAP, FIPS, TTA, and ISO 27001 to strengthen its overall security processes. Now widely recognised for its expertise and efforts in cybersecurity, Hanwha Vision was authorised in 2023 as a CVE® Numbering Authority (CNA).

Sustainability: a condition of doing business

In 2024, European businesses will be required to report more widely about their sustainability achievements as the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) rolls out across the EU in a phased approach. It is anticipated that almost 50,000 firms will be impacted by the CSRD, making up some three-quarters of businesses in the European Economic Area.

For its part, the video surveillance industry must address the growing importance of sustainable development, such as low-impact manufacturing that reduces waste and uses renewable forms of energy. Fortunately, this is already the case at Hanwha Vision’s plant in Bac Ninh Province, Vietnam. The 60,000-square-metre manufacturing facility, which recently celebrated the production of its 10 millionth product since opening in 2018, is built around environmental best practice. The smart factory runs on power generated by solar panels installed on the roof of the building.

Beyond manufacturing, there is the ongoing impact of video cameras, for example, across energy usage. According to Pread Um (Suk Bong). “Energy prices continue to present a challenge for organisations around Europe, so Hanwha Vision is working on new technologies that reduce the energy consumption associated with camera operation and data analysis.”

These include low-light camera technology that saves energy while still delivering clear images and the power savings resulting from AI ‘at the edge’, which reduces bandwidth and storage needs as less data must be transmitted back to a server for analysis. Finally, Hanwha Vision’s SolidEdge cameras lower energy usage by employing an edge-based VMS, removing the need for separate servers to store video and enable event management.

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