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Top 6 Surveillance Technology Trends To Know In 2022

Jeet Saini


The use of surveillance technology, including body cameras and facial scanners, has been a staple in science fiction novels for decades.  It’s time to look forward to what trends will impact our world in 2022. Industry experts have identified six major surveillance technology trends expected to gain momentum in the next two years. Here’s what you need to know.

1. Advances in facial recognition technology 

Technology experts believe advances in facial recognition will make their way into society more easily than self-driving cars and other once-emerging technologies because consumers’ expectations haven’t evolved as quickly for surveillance tech. For example, many people would say that they don’t want a car that humans can’t drive but expect real-time facial recognition on their smartphones. As these gaps close, more governments may embrace facial recognition independently or in partnership with corporations.

2. More government surveillance 

The past year brought the development of smartphone apps that allow police to scan faces and cars in real-time and efforts to create facial recognition databases for law enforcement. The U.S., the U.K., China, and other countries have such databases. Still, they’re accessible by private companies and law enforcement agencies, raising concerns about civil rights violations and data breaches. Additionally, some cities are starting to use cameras for automated license plate recognition (ALPR). Although these technologies already exist in many locations worldwide, their inclusion on a much broader scale could lead to mass surveillance and violations of privacy laws and norms.

3. Advances in video analytics

A focus on video surveillance is also expected to grow dramatically in the next few years. As such, companies will continue their investments in technologies that provide an automated assessment of the content within video feeds. Platforms will be able to do more than detect when a crime’s about to happen; they’ll be better at recognizing and distinguishing between objects and people, even when they’re partially obscured or moving fast. Marketers and law enforcement can leverage these capabilities for effective situational awareness and crowd management.

4. More connected cameras

More security and mini surveillance cameras are connected via Wi-Fi, making them easier for police officers or firefighters to access in an emergency. However, this connectivity also brings an increased risk of data breaches. Not only could hackers access video, but they could also use the cameras to spy on people within range of the wireless signal or install malware on connected devices.

5. Use of biometric data

Fingerprinting has long been used to gain access to a building for security purposes. But now, new tools are allowing police officers to identify individuals based on their fingerprints or even their irises, which can be captured using mobile devices. These technologies are currently being tested by law enforcement agencies across the U.S. and other countries, heralding more widespread use in coming years.

6. Miniature Drone Repellent

There’s good news and bad news when it comes to covert spy drones. The good news is – we’re getting better at detecting them. Advances in radar technology mean we can detect small, uncrewed flights from hundreds of meters away, even if they’re traveling at very low altitudes. That, however, also leads us to the bad news – drones are becoming increasingly sneaky. They’re now able to fly under detection by radar using stealth cloaking technology, and what’s more – they’re getting smaller too. Miniature spy drones are now being developed with the capability to fly through open windows, meaning you could be spied on even in your own home without knowing it.

Wrapping Up!

Over the past few years, technological advancements in surveillance equipment have been staggering, and those changes will only continue to escalate as we head towards 2022. Ultimately, these six trends will impact surveillance technology both inside and outside the workplace shortly -so you must stay up-to-date with changes that’ll be happening around you.

As you can see, surveillance technology can be used in positive ways. However, we mustn’t become too complacent about using this information and who has access.