By 2025, it is estimated that there will be 5.4 billion IoT connections in North America alone.
The rise of IoT is changing everyday health, home life, and security processes. Cyber and physical security are becoming intrinsically linked concepts with the rise of the internet of things.
Keep reading to learn about the top emerging technologies in the IoT, cyber, and physical security spheres and how these can dramatically increase productivity in the coming years.
Top Emerging Technologies For IoT, Cybersecurity, and Physical Security
AI and the IoT permeate the security sphere to make analytics, health and safety, and physical security more achievable for businesses.
Mobile Credential Access Control
Mobile credential access control is an emerging technology that businesses will likely adopt heavily in the coming years. Mobile credential access control uses mobile credentials instead of an access keycard or access code.
Using the IoT to create a digital keycard, users can access buildings without presenting their mobile devices to the reader. This technology makes inductions easier, allowing new keycards to be registered and created easily and quickly.
Integrating your mobile credential access control system with visitor management software will enhance the security of your building and accelerate the process by managing and automating visitor check-ins through registration and sign-in/sign-out.
Mobile credential access control and visitor management software are housed in a cloud-based system, combined with cybersecurity software to create a hack-proof physical security system.
This emerging technology is a crucial example of strengthening overall security by combining IoT, cybersecurity, and physical security for a more robust system.
Emerging technologies are providing new ways for businesses to protect the health of their employees by connecting intelligent sensor devices to IoT to perform health checks.
You can integrate wellness verification software with access control technologies to implement wellness surveys to screen for coronavirus symptoms in the workplace, ensuring those who are symptomatic do not gain entry.
Since the pandemic began, security teams have needed to consider health and safety as part of their overall approach to security, and wellness verification allows for a more straightforward implementation of health and safety strategies.
Smart Home Technology
Innovative home technologies are being adopted by more and more households, allowing for the remote operation of heating, lighting, and other household functions that can help save energy and cut monthly bills.
The same can be done in commercial and office buildings using internal door lock systems integrated with occupancy management.
Occupancy management allows for a room’s occupancy information to be used to prevent overcrowding in the workplace or communal areas in commercial buildings. It can also trigger automated responses for devices connected to IoT.
You can automate devices, electricity, lighting, and heating functions connected to IoT to conserve energy when a room isn’t in use. This technology can also provide additional safety in commercial buildings by reducing the risk of unattended electronics causing fires.
Analytics provide more convenience for security staff in commercial buildings by creating triggers and alerts for potential security incidents.
You can use analytics to make more innovative IP camera systems that distinguish between security incidents and movement caused by the wind or animals. This recognition reduces the risk of false alarms and can save security staff hours of poring over security footage to identify security breaches.
This kind of technology is invaluable. One of the main concerns posed by installing IP cameras is that incidents will go unnoticed, as security staff will not constantly monitor screens when performing other duties.
Analytics can support physical security tools to screen for potential security breaches, allowing security staff to focus on other, more critical tasks.
These analytics are made possible using AI and deep learning systems, which can be applied to many elements of an IoT physical security system. AI can assist with analyzing entry logs and two-factor authentication data to detect threats and unauthorized activity.
The Need for Cybersecurity in Conjunction with IoT
Cybersecurity comes as an additional consideration with the increased use of IoT in physical security. Cybersecurity improvements have become a necessity with the introduction of IoT.
Having a large number of critical devices linked to each other using the internet leaves them exposed to potential cybersecurity breaches.
The extensive range of devices that can be connected using IoT creates an equally large number of connection points that a cybercriminal could breach in a cyber attack. Businesses and commercial property managers are faced with a need to support their modern technologies with sophisticated cybersecurity.
The IoT is planting its roots in the security sphere, and security strategies are adapting to include IoT, physical, and digital security technologies. The changing security landscape requires that businesses conceive of physical and digital security as linked concepts, merging IT and security teams for a more effective security strategy.
Recent advances in IoT make health and safety, energy conservation, and security in commercial spaces more attainable to businesses.
If you adopt these emerging technologies in your commercial building security strategy, you should also be prepared to establish sophisticated cybersecurity measures that will help improve your productivity.