Reflecting on our predictions of the macro trends affecting the sector in 2020

    Niels Bohr, the Danish Nobel Laureate in Physics, famously said, “Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future!” He was a clever man. Back in January, I published a post which looked at the broader macro trends that I thought would affect the security sector in 2020. At that point, few would have predicted the […]

      Access control during a health crisis: Keeping people safe and secure

      The current healthcare crisis has greatly impacted how healthcare providers operate. That, of course, is no surprise. This past spring healthcare facilities worked around the clock to flatten the curve and prepare for potentially more surges. Now, many are in the midst of that predicted autumn surge with a looming flu season not far off. […]

        No touch, no problem: the role of QR codes in access control solutions

        2020 has become the comeback year for QR codes, not least because the global pandemic has put contactless technology in the spotlight. Everyone wants to keep contact with surfaces to a minimum (and let’s be honest, even before the pandemic nobody really wanted to touch the doorknob). As a result, QR codes have enjoyed a […]

          Safety and security in food production

          There’s a strong argument to say that food production should be regarded as much as a part of a nation’s critical industries as the provision of energy, water, healthcare and financial services. Disruption to the production of food, the potential danger this can present to consumers, and the shortages on supermarket shelves that this can […]

            Guarding against explosions in agriculture and food production

            Balancing safety and security is essential in any sector, and it’s certainly the case in agriculture and food production. While surveillance brings many benefits, it’s critical that any security solution plays a role in reducing other safety risks. Here we explore how explosion-protected cameras can offer all the benefits of high-quality surveillance, while also guarding […]

              Artificial intelligence in the surveillance sector

              If you’re a bit tired of hearing about the potential for artificial intelligence (AI) in our lives and work, you are  not alone! AI have been one of the buzzwords of the past few years, and like all buzzwords its overuse and misunderstanding can lead people to be skeptical about its potential. While that’s understandable, […]

                Smart buildings: going beyond the hype to reap the benefits

                Open technology platforms are a giant leap towards building truly smart buildings. It has been a slow start but now things are starting to pick up speed. This blog gives examples of companies that reap the benefits. In a previous blog post on smart buildings, I noted that the real estate sector has been slow […]

                  Analytics and the future of physical security

                  Axis recently hosted an online event, Understanding Analytics and the practical guide to implementation. During the event, I spoke about the past, present and future of analytics, together with my colleagues, Shaun Southall and Wayne Davis. This has prompted me to consider the technological developments, new methods of working and advances in analytics and artificial […]