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The 25th International exhibition of security and fire protection equipment and products
19-22 March 2019 • Moscow, Expocentre Fairgrounds, Pavilions 2, 8

The security market in 2018: what to expect?

Threats change fast – and so does the security market. What can we expect in 2018?

Anti-terror spending to rise

The face of terrorism is changing fast – and the security sector needs to keep up with equipment, technology and ideas. After a host of attacks in cities across the world – including high-profile attacks in global capitals – governments are taking no chances in their counter-terrorism preparations, and looking to the security sector to supply the technology they need.

Where is the development? As well as improved video surveillance, facial recognition and cyber-security, much of the focus is on the simple areas – actual physical security and protection on the street.

Firstly, bollards. With the rise of vehicle-based terror, where vehicles are driven at high speed into crowds to cause maximum impact and confusion, the look and feel of the bollard is changing with a host of new ideas. These innovations include barges – street protection shaped like a kayak, with pointed ends designed to make approaching vehicles crumple on impact – retractable barriers, and fence-style low level street protection. Not only do these designs do more damage to the vehicles used by terrorists, they are safer for the people they protect. Classic round bollards can fragment on impact, throwing fragments into crowds, while these sturdier products keep their shape when hit and do al the damage to the assailant.

As well as street protection, the presence of access control is growing at an unprecedented rate. From football stadiums to Christmas markets, more and more public gatherings are using body scanners and inspection points both for people and for vehicles – and this will only continue into 2018. With the contracts continuing to come and the protection commitments by governments looking strong, the security market will need to continuously innovate and create to keep cities safe.

GDPR – a data protection revolution, and a security problem

Just four letters, but lots of problems for companies across the world – and it’s coming in May 2018.
In short, the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, is a piece of EU legislation that massively strengthens the right of EU citizens regarding the data that private companies hold on them – from May 2018, the permission to hold this data must be much more explicit and freely given than it is now. The actual implications of the law are not yet clear, but firms are already having to make big changes, and no company wants to be the first to feel the wrath of the promised fines of up to $20 million for those that do not obey.

So what does this mean for the security world? Organisations that use CCTV obviously hold a huge number of images, and this is personal data just like a name, phone number or internet browsing history would be. The actual use of CCTV and the legality around it is unlikely to change with the GDPR – the problem is information security and access to data.

One hack of a CCTV system can leak access to millions of facial images – and millions of euros in fines for the firm in question. With just a few months remaining for companies to get heir houses in order, clients will be looking to their surveillance and CCTV providers to help them meet the enormous security challenges that GDPR will bring. 

Facial recognition expands

Facial recognition is no longer just for governments – the technology will spread around the economy in 2018 if this year is anything to go by.

For example, recognition firm Digital Barriers recently announced a partnership with driverless and modular vehicles giant Next Future Transportation to install live streaming and facial recognition software in Next’s upcoming fleet. The Italian giant was interested in the software not just for security, but for user experience as well – the idea is to use Digital Barriers’ products to remember user preferences, improve recognition across different vehicle types, and provide a seamless, safe and productive environment for users of the modular vehicles. Driverless tech has been a long time coming, but safety concerns remain – so facial recognition equipment can go a long way towards making the standalone vehicle a worldwide reality.

With more apps and tech moving security from passwords to body, and the increased spending on counter-terrorism, 2018 looks like it will be a good year for facial recognition software.