Emerging Issues in Security

Mobility Is a Key Driver in Taking Security Technology to the Next Level

Just as leading enterprises have moved into the next phase of technology, mobilizing core business information and applications, mobility is having a profound effect on growth in several sectors of the security industry.

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Thanks to mobility in video surveillance security, today’s users can view video, communicate and respond from any location, on a 24/7 basis. One of the primary benefits of IP video is that you are not limited to viewing your remote video surveillance system on-site.

When new apps and remote access tools were introduced that let you monitor IP-based video cameras anywhere, anytime, it transformed the video security market. Before that, staff had to be on-site and monitor video in shifts, around the clock at a facility.

The advancements in video surveillance technology have made it possible to stay connected viewing live activity as it happens for remote security operations from any Internet-enabled PC or smartphone. Full screen live access to video allows you to monitor an unlimited number of servers and channels from a single device. Many of these security camera apps allow you to view multiple cameras simultaneously, control PTZ settings, view recorded images, search through archived footage, play back events, and much more.

Everyone with a smartphone wants to view his or her video cameras remotely. The first thing asked by most commercial and residential consumers today is how to access a live view of their remote security cameras when they are away from their home or business.

Mobility is also expected to move biometrics to new heights. Huge acceptance as the preferred choice for a variety of mobile applications will inevitably filter over to create a similar boon in biometrics for security usage.

To date, biometrics technology in security applications are being used by government agencies, airports, and other verticals. Now, biometrics technology companies are gearing up for mass commercialization.

Biometrics and Mobility

“Mobility is the driving force that will unleash the long awaited biometric revolution,” according to The Global Biometrics and Mobility Report just published by Acuity Market Intelligence.

“Biometrics are a natural fit for the smart mobile devices. The explosion in the use of smart devices over the past five years, along with anticipated growth over the next five—especially in developing economies where sub $100 smartphones have begun to alter the mobile landscape—will bring biometrics into the daily lives of half the global population. By 2020, 100% of smart mobile devices will include embedded biometric sensors as a standard feature,” said C. Maxine Most, principal, Acuity Market Intelligence

Acuity projects that by 2022 global mobile biometric market revenues will reach $50.6 billion annually. This includes 2.7 billion biometrically enabled smart mobile devices, 16.7 billion biometric app downloads, and 1.37 trillion biometrically secured payment and nonpayment transactions.

Acuity segments the mobile biometrics into three major sectors:

  1. Biometric Sensors embedded in smart mobile devices: smartphones, tablets, and wearables
  2. Biometric Apps offered by biometric vendors or mobile service providers such as banks, payment processors, retailers, or online identity providers, downloaded to smart devices
  3. Biometric Authentication for payment and nonpayment transactions provided via secure cloud-based services linked to smart device Biometric Apps

The Global Biometrics and Mobility Report also provides detailed revenue forecasts for biometric smart devices, biometric apps, and biometrically authenticated transactions for 2016 to 2022 globally.