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Video surveillance trend predictions in 2021

As has become traditional at this time of the year (check out its 2020 predictions here), Hanwha Techwin has announced what it believes will be the top five key trends for the video surveillance industry during 2021. They cover AI edge-based solutions, open platform, the Cloud, cyber security, data protection and privacy issues.

Growth of AI edge-based solutions with unlimited Apps potential

Hanwha-WisenetX-20A key advantage of edge devices is that they have the ability to run specialist software applications onboard. This improves resource efficiency, saves processing time and minimises network bandwidth requirements. With increased functionality now being included in edge-based Deep Learning AI solutions, there is likely to be a large increase in the number of devices deployed which can process data at the edge.

Extended open platform will facilitate the development of a wider array of customised vertical market and end-user specific solutions

With end-users wishing to achieve maximum value from their video solutions, software development cannot continue as a siloed process led by a single company’s in-house software engineering team.

Hanwha Techwin is a founding member of the Open Security & Safety Alliance (OSSA), an initiative which has brought like-minded organisations together with the objective of outlining specifications for a common platform for security and safety solutions. During 2021, the business says it will work with other members of OSSA to build a standardised and accessible framework, which will provide the flexibility for integrated solutions to be developed that address regional or user-specific requirements.

In parallel to collaborating with other members of OSSA, Hanwha Techwin intends to further improve the compatibility and interoperability of its open-platform products within the video surveillance ecosystem.

The Cloud will be more widely adopted as a business insights tool

The Cloud is widely used now as a way of updating product features, as well as installing security patches. However, the increase in the number of edge devices being deployed means the Cloud also has an important role to play as a means of safely managing the devices and handling large amounts of data to provide business intelligence.

Hanwha Techwin plans to introduce a Cloud solution which will enable users to more easily manage Wisenet IP network products and monitor their status in real-time. Equally important, the solution will generate reports which provide greater situational awareness and business intelligence.

Cyber security will become even more crucial with the increased use of edge devices

With data increasingly being captured, stored and secured at the edge as part of a smart factory, smart office, smart retail store or on a larger scale, a smart city solution, the need for protection against cyber-attacks has become an even more essential requirement. However, cyber security is and will remain a major issue for an application, regardless of its size or complexity.

Respect for data protection and privacy

GDPR in Europe and CCPA in the US have drawn attention to the need for companies which capture personal data to have adequate privacy procedures in place.

Within the video surveillance industry, the issue of protecting personal identification information based on video data is a significant issue. There is a need to have a balanced approach which ensures compliance with privacy regulations, while making best use of the latest advances in technology and the data it helps to capture.


“Independently produced market research reports and feedback from customers give weight to these predictions,” said Jeff (Chae Won) Lee, Managing Director of Hanwha Techwin Europe. “In this respect, our product roadmap and sales strategy take into account that regardless of whether system integrators are involved with complex, mission critical or high security video surveillance projects, or just providing security for small office, factory or retail applications, these trends and topics are likely to have a major impact during the next 12 months and beyond.”

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