Another year, another list of national security trends. But did anyone have robot security guards on their 2023 BINGO card? (We did.)
Here are just a few of the top contenders to keep an eye on in the new year:
- Building a better safe house: Multi-layered solutions will continue to take center stage as more and more businesses move beyond pandemic-related restrictions. As offices increasingly begin to resemble those pre-COVID, steps will be taken to assuage lasting fears, such as workplace violence and shootings – which tend to increase during economic downturns. Safety will remain a top priority for employers, who need their teams to feel secure, and upgrades to legacy access control, intrusion detection, door entry, and alarms will be imperative.
- Watching the skies: Expect unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – or drones – to continue to grow in popularity, say experts. This tech may prove invaluable when it comes to verifying the identity of vendors, guests, and other visitors to a facility, business, or government agency, while the potential for perimeter defense and intrusion detection is almost unlimited. While concerns regarding privacy and other regulations remain, the rapid advances in tech and adaptability should soar beyond these obstacles in time.
- Embracing the robot uprising: With horror hit “M3GAN” breaking records at the box office, it is clear to see that America’s fascination with Artificial Intelligence (AI) is in no danger of losing steam. In fact, security “robots” are on the trend list for 2023, with security specialists eyeing widespread adoption as a means to combat labor shortages. These self-navigated autonomous machines are capable of patrolling indoor and outdoor spaces, implementing visual and thermal imaging to gather and process data while providing surveillance and monitoring functions. And with the global security robots market valued at 31.7 billion last year and expected to grow to 71.8 billion over the next four years – the sci-fi future we used to watch movies about (and clearly still are) is here.
- Sharing SCIFs: Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities (SCIFs) will continue to be the best way to keep Top Secrets under wraps, but The Intelligence and National Security Alliance is making a push for co-working spaces where classified intelligence can be discussed. These “shared SCIFs” would give specialists – who are hard to find and even harder to retain – more flexibility to work closer to their homes in an ever-changing workforce, where convenience has taken center stage.
Secom is one of a select few UL 2050 certified security providers nationwide, authorized to provide UL 2050 and DoD monitoring services on existing SCIFs. Our team regularly plans, installs, monitors, and maintains professional SCIF solutions and facilities throughout the country, and typically does so with no associated upfront costs.
And when it comes to security for small businesses, commercial facilities, and more – we truly do it all: access control and door entry systems, visitor management, intercom, sound masking, surveillance, and more.