How Technology Will Benefit Security Officers in 2022
The evolution of Guarding Security services is fundamentally a human resource-based service. Few technological advancements can provide the same level of presence as a well-trained security team. While hardware and software have largely replaced the human element in other industries, the security sector has embraced modern technology in a way that enhances rather than substitutes workers.
The technology used by security guards has advanced to the point where it now includes mobile devices, software stored in the cloud, drones, cameras, and integrated biometric access control systems. Even with the introduction of the earliest versions of robot guards, it continues to develop. The impact of mobile devices, particularly smartphones, has been by far the most significant change. In the past, we only thought of smartphones in two contexts: as phones and as devices that distract us. This perception, however, has rapidly been replaced by the reality that smartphones are being used to perform essential job-related tasks.
Now that 2022 is well under way, we thought it would be beneficial to take some time and look ahead to some of the most recent technologies that are assisting security guards this year. These advancements are making the job of a guard easier, safer, and more productive; therefore, let's take a closer look at them.
1. Better Security Cams
Larger businesses continue to replace outdated security cameras with new ones. That means security guards are seeing new features in security footage, which is good.
New cameras have great night vision. Many cams offer ultra-high-definition video and high-resolution images. They have advanced motion detection, so they only trigger with certain motion. More commercial wide lens and multi-lens setups exist.
Facial recognition won't go away. This is a growing part of surveillance and law enforcement tools. Security guards at retail stores, apartments, clubs, and similar jobs shouldn't be surprised to see facial recognition technology integrated with security cams. They should know how to use it, especially for banned profiles.
Digital IDs aren't new, but they're becoming ordinary. Many businesses accept Apple and Google Wallets. Personal ID information, like employee ID cards used to sign into access points, is also being compromised. Establishments requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination can also use a digital vaccine passport.
Digital wallets handle internal security and authentication. This makes physical security easier. Guards should also be aware of digital IDs and know how to verify their authenticity. This includes new business infrastructure (scanners, chips, etc.)
4. The Biometrics of No-Contact
In addition to digital IDs, no-contact biometrics are becoming more commonplace. The COVID-19 pandemic had an impact on this trend, as many businesses wanted to ensure that surfaces remained clean and untouchable during the outbreak. It's also more convenient for everyone involved: No contact is quicker for everyone. For authentication, NFC chips can be used in cards or fobs, or similar solutions can be used, such as allowing users to walk through a gate or swipe over a panel.
Security officers can monitor access activity from anywhere using cloud-based identity management, which can automatically log in and log out users. Security guards will need to become more proficient with spreadsheets and other analytical tools because of this.
This is how the technology is helping security guards in upgrading in 2022. Sentry Security can assist you with all aspects of security. Checkout our website or call us right away!