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The Future of Physical Security

Updated: Aug 22, 2022

At BARC we believe it is vital for digital transformation to continue to spread through the physical security industry.

Cloud-based solutions are here to support

Companies that have shifted to digital have used e-commerce or digital platforms on cloud-based solutions, making it more accessible and standard for our everyday lives.

While the security industry is still somewhat behind these other sectors, we see cloud-based solutions enter the security space.

Products like AIR are showing us that the entire physical security space is ripe for cloud-based solutions, providing the ability to track every aspect of a site survey to ensure your strategic security goals are clear to all relevant team members, the cloud can provide real-time data is available at everyone's fingers at any time. We also see a host of newer video surveillance companies that lead with video recording to the cloud.

We look forward to seeing the new cloud-based products that will take the market by storm.


There continues to be a heavy emphasis on touchless and mobile-first solutions. Many hospitality, corporate, and university providers have begun substituting traditional room keys with mobile credentials. We notice there's an opportunity to bring keys and conventional security measures into the marketing space, allowing a 'two for one' model to mobile apps to give users a better experience and act as a key to access their allocated areas.

We also see the opportunity for mobile apps in the governance and management space. For example, ensuring your security team can track and manage incidents on their mobile phones in real-time provides no essential details are lost.

AI and Machine Learning

Innovations like predictive analytics are already transforming the physical security industry.

Video analytics uses machine learning and advanced algorithms to perform real-time monitoring providing intelligent data for security personnel and building managers. Facial recognition, motion detection, license plate recognition, object detection and tracking, and crowd management software are here to stay.

This new wave of innovations allows for greater efficiency and fewer false alarms, and collaboration to tap into the expertise to ensure that the use cases deliver on the promise is vital.

In addition, machine learning can analyse global threats data to produce detailed risk mitigation strategies at the touch of a button, saving businesses time and money.


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