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5 New Security Technologies That Have Developed From The Pandemic

The pandemic has forced change to our lives in a great deal of ways and in how we operate on a daily basis. This has brought about the need for rapid changes in technology in order to continue living safely and as normally as possible. The security industry, like many others, has seen many new technologies develop as a result of Covid-19. Here, we’re going to take a look at five new security tech developments that have been fuelled by the pandemic.


Touchless Access Control Systems

Touchless access control first gained traction during the Ebola outbreak in 2013, in order to reduce the need for touching buttons or handles. The tech was fairly limited due to how new it was, but with the rise of Covid-19 came increased needs for such technology. As a result, touchless access control systems are now more useful and more effective than ever – they’ve been developed for use on doors, barriers, gates and even in elevators.

On top of their endless range of uses, usability issues have been improved to make them safer and more secure with manual override options and contactless key card and biometrics security.


Face Recognition With Built-in Mask Detection

Facial recognition detectors have become a popular method of access security thanks to their speed, ease of use and high level of secureness. However, with everyone now wearing face masks, it’s prevented many of these systems from working as effectively (without the need to remove masks), creating a new development in the technology.

There are now sensors that can use facial recognition, with masks on – allowing people to safely enter buildings with less risk of spreading germs. What’s more is that these sensors can detect whether or not somebody is wearing a mask and can deny them access if they are not following mask wearing rules.


Hybrid Surveillance & thermal camera systems

The use of thermal imaging cameras has increased during the pandemic as they have been a useful way to check body temperatures of those entering the building. Thanks to this, thermal imaging and CCTV technology is improving rapidly, with some solutions combining the two for ultimate surveillance.

The most recent thermal imaging IP camera systems can utilise regular HD video recording during the day, and advanced thermal imaging at night that allows the camera to see in total darkness. Due to their high thermal sensitivity, they can see through rain, fog and snow, and even offer early fire detection that could help to save lives.


WIFI Occupancy Monitoring For Social Distancing

Social distancing and people flow have become important focuses when monitoring buildings since the outbreak of Covid-19. New developments can now use sensors to measure real-time occupancy, using Wi-Fi probes from mobile devices.

The sensors can then measure the presence and flow of people in a given space, with the ability to notify team members when numbers exceed what is allowed. The range of the sensors can fit to almost any sized area up to 300,000 square feet.


Advanced Video Analytics Software

New advanced video analytics software, like that from BriefCam, now allows for in-depth remote video review by security professionals. This is hugely beneficial during the pandemic as it allows for quick, effective CCTV response with less need for security staff to congregate. With a huge range of features, including multi-camera search, face recognition, real-time alerts, and one-click case creation, the software greatly improves CCTV system efficiency.

What’s more is that the software allows users to extract quantifiable and qualitative data, such as the number of men, women, children and cars, or the size and colour of the vehicles. This allows for deeper security analysis and can improve the effectiveness of standard CCTV systems.


As a result of Covid-19, many changes have come about quickly, including in the security industry. We’ve gone through just a few of the tech developments but there are many others that we’ve seen as a result of recent events. What do you think of the new tech that we’re starting to see? Are you optimistic that they will bring about positive change to security as a whole?

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