Readers weigh in on top trends in AI, access control, and IT

Responses divided on the next big things for access control
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

YARMOUTH, Maine—Ahead of Security Systems News’ upcoming 2018 TechSec Solutions conference, it asked readers about several of the topics from this year’s program, including artificial intelligence, the next tech for access control, and how IT is impacting the integrator.

These three areas—AI, access control and IT—are going to be covered at Security Systems News’ 2018 TechSec Solutions conference among other tech topics in the security industry.

“As AI becomes more embedded in the life-safety and security of the coming ‘everything connected’ world, it will require human integration to allow the speed and security of a super intelligent source to operate, monitor and control devices of greatest risk,” one respondent wrote in.

When asked about which technology will be big in access control in the future, respondents were almost evenly divided between biometrics, with 35 percent of responses, mobile credentials with 32 percent, and building automation and big data with another 32 percent.

Seventy-one percent of respondents said that they are already seeing AI applications in security. Twenty-nine percent see a possibility for AI to apply to the security industry, but are not sure about it. Zero respondents said that AI doesn’t have potential in the security space.

IT is disrupting the industry, but it also represents an opportunity, according to 79 percent of respondents. Eighteen percent said that IT is not a problem for the security industry. Three percent indicated another opinion.

“Initially it will be as it has been, slowly creeping into the life-safety and security domains, but soon IT will become the ultimate user and provider through the disruptive Human/Machine/AI interface,” one reader said.

“AI will be very present in our industry; it will and is presently replacing human bodies,” said another.

TechSec Solutions will be held Feb. 26 and 27, 2018, at the Delray Beach Marriot in Delray Beach, Fla. To register, view the educational program, or learn more about the conference, visit