With the widespread adoption of artificial intelligence and digital transformations, our future relationship with technology is both fascinating and uncertain. Enhanced security technology is set to be one of the biggest tech trends of 2018, but what does this mean for human security guards?

Technology continues to transform the world of business in significant ways, and new and innovative devices are launched all the time. Here are four technology trends to watch out for in 2018, and how they’ll affect the security guard industry on a global scale.

The Smart Home

While home security alarms are nothing new, there is an increasing focus on the hyper-secure home of the future. These smart homes will interact with home devices like Google Home and Apple HomeKit, and sync entirely with connected devices that offer remote monitoring, window and door sensors, and much more.

The modern high-tech home will transform the security guard industry in many ways, creating a much broader market for technology, and perhaps minimizing the need for security personnel. This could bring down prices for security vendors and transform the very nature of the job itself.

The Explosion-Proof Radio

Although security radios are nothing new, modern technology has paved the way for smarter two-way radios that can be used wirelessly around the world. Not only do these cutting-edge devices meet the most complex communication needs of the industry, they are also explosion-proof. Whether you work in retail, education, hospitality or covert surveillance, there is now a radio that is designed with that specific sector in mind.

The Emergency Smartphone App

The future of the security guard industry features a new reliance on industry-specific apps. Applications like Guardly, for example, allow users to turn their existing cell phones into personal security devices. When activated, Guardly will transmit a GPS location and open up two-way communication with the user’s private safety network, as well as contacting local first responders and security guards. These innovative apps will allow guards to arrive at the scene of a crime or disturbance faster and more covertly.

Robotic Security Guards

It doesn’t look as though human security guards are going to be replaced by robots anytime soon. However, the emergence of robotic security devices could enable security companies to do more with fewer people on the ground. Having said that, robotic security guards are considered a security risk in some circles, so do they really have a place in the industry?

The University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom is currently undergoing a $12.2 million pilot project, the aim of which is to place robot security guards in offices all over the world, starting with Bob: the first robotic security guard in the UK. Currently, Bob patrols the headquarters of G45, the world’s largest provider of human security guards, but it seems there is no limit to where this project could take the industry as a whole.

Conclusion

The evolution of technology is impacting us on a global scale, and businesses all over the world are facing new opportunities and challenges on an ongoing basis. With 2018 set to be the year of artificial intelligence where robots become less device-like and more humanistic, the security industry will need to find a way to thrive and adapt to a changing market.

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