The Smart City concept is also gaining fast traction, and with it, the need to unify technologies. This has led to a greater acceptance of platforms rather than just basic integrations. Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) platforms, for example, is widely discussed and are now also considered in large scale deployments. An open platform video management software helps connect the many systems and manage devices in public and private facilities, providing a consistent user experience, complete situational awareness, and operational efficiency to all stakeholders.
Artificial Intelligence will also play a key role in future and current video surveillance technologies due to the emergence of machine and deep learning approaches. For example, in security the new technologies keep enhancing the physical security manager’s response times, and the next step would be to use the data pre-emptively to avoid precarious situations altogether.
This highlights the need for an open VMS platform that can integrate with future technologies. Also, it highlights the need to have solid regulations and procedures in place for data protection. The more connected devices, the more data will be collected, and the more crucial it will be to ensure high security standards. Thus, cybersecurity and privacy protection will remain hot topics.
Recently, we launched a new hardware series of video management appliances bringing together leading computers with Intel processing power and Milestone XProtect video management software.
With the new series Milestone Systems offers its partners and customers a range of six video management appliances that cover a variety of use cases from simple setups in small sites, including retail, all the way to larger and more complex installations, like critical facilities.
- Healthcare. With medical tourism being part of the region’s general economic drive, I believe healthcare will continue to be an important vertical in the region.
- Retail, leisure, and hospitality are other areas that we expect to grow fast with societies’ re-opening. In general, the region has been known to be a hub for shopping and leisure, and we offer the tools to aid a safe and efficient re-opening of public venues.
- Smart Cities is also a fast-growing area, where innovative technologies can improve the quality of living, help reduce the environmental impact of urbanization and make everyday services run more smoothly. In the Middle East, these initiatives are predominantly driven by the governments, which means this could be the single largest vertical in the future.
Innovative solutions inspiring the market was first published in Safety & Security MEA on 10 May, 2021.