Article written by Bill Bozeman, President and CEO of PSA Security Network, Robolliance Expert
One thing is certain; life in the security systems integration business is not boring. The speed of nonstop technological innovations, security business dynamics, mergers and acquisitions and broad based alliances are keeping all but the very brightest in a dazed and confused state of mind.
It seems if you took a one month vacation that when you returned everything would have changed and you would be hopelessly behind the curve. Cloud-based technology, cybersecurity, new developments in metadata, massive inexpensive storage solutions, security analytics that finally work and the latest encrypted wireless technology are all changing the dynamics of traditional security integration. While embracing change has become a cliché for the talking heads, you must admit, they have a very good point.
One of the biggest innovations in the security industry this year will certainly be the entrance of sophisticated security robotics into the physical security space. I anticipate the change will not only knock your socks off from a sheer shock and awe perspective, but it will change the very landscape of security integration forever. The media and industry analysts will be talking about robotics very soon and end users will be asking if security robotics makes sense for their facilities. Leading security integrators will become educated concerning robotics and early adaptors will make security robotics part of their go forward corporate strategy.
Security robotics utilizes leading edge technology that will impact the security industry with the same magnitude as other game changing events such as switching from analog to digital, developing a recurring business model and embracing cybersecurity practices.
As a security integrator owned company, PSA shares a unique, educated and unbiased perspective based on information from hundreds of integrators, manufacturers, consultants, peer-led committees, financial experts and end users when it comes to new security technologies and market changes. Through our various integrator led committees, PSA is keeping up with the dynamics that shape our industry, with ever increasing attention being paid to security robotics. PSA TEC (http://www.psasecurity.com) will be offering a selection of courses and demonstrations as a first point of education for many integrators in May 2016.
Will security robotics offer the security integration community a new gateway to success or will robots replace or reduce the bread and butter traditional card access and video surveillance systems our industry hangs their hat on? This is a question that will be staring the most progressive integrators in the face very soon. Security decision makers will have to decide whether to get in now, or wait until the dust settles. Regardless of when they decide to get in, the fact is the integrators who are educated, informed, and aligned with the very best robotics partners will be best positioned to serve the end user community.