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By Alberto Jessurun / January 13, 2021 / Blog

These 7 Mobile Video Surveillance Trends Are on the Rise

Mobile video surveillance is the latest in best-in-class security technology. Here, a look at the trends to keep an eye out for in 2021.

Mobile video surveillance is proof that the future of video security is ever-evolving. In 2020, video surveillance remained in demand despite changes brought on by COVID-19. Consumers were doing business differently, everyone was working and traveling differently, but the need for security was no different — it was just as important as ever. 

For those who have been inspired by the recent upgrades in video surveillance equipment, there is no better time to consider implementing new technology. One important new option is mobile video surveillance. This pivotal upgrade allows businesses and individuals to have better control over how and where they deploy security. Best of all, mobile video surveillance and the products that enable it are more accessible, affordable, and of higher quality than ever before. 

In this article, we will look at seven established and emerging trends in the field of mobile video surveillance, including:

  • Mobile video surveillance in the transportation industry
  • Camera enhancements to expect
  • Mobile surveillance and COVID-19
  • Artificial intelligence and automation
  • Better integration and add-ons
  • Cloud-based technology
  • Weather-resistant surveillance

1. Mobile video surveillance in the transportation industry 

Public transportation, including busses, trains, and other vehicles, is increasingly reliant on mobile video surveillance. This protects passengers and drivers alike and can provide insight in the event of criminal activity as well as a look at consumer behavior. 

In 2019, rideshare provider Uber began to use mobile surveillance to keep drivers and riders safe as a result of lawsuits claiming the company needed to do more to protect both contractors and app users. Uber also used data from this to study rider/driver behavior. 

This technology, created in partnership with Nauto, recorded video and (in some cases) audio and gave the rider or driver the option to send footage to the company for review if needed. In Texas, cameras were issued for $5 a month to drivers. In Brazil and Mexico, audio recordings were used.

2. Camera enhancements to expect

Good news for anyone who has bemoaned the grainy footage of mobile surveillance in the past: Mobile surveillance cameras have improved in quality in recent years. Users can expect better video resolution, zoom capabilities, night vision technology, wide-angle lenses, and other enhancements at an accessible price point.

3. Mobile surveillance and COVID-19

COVID-19 has changed the way mobile surveillance is used and what it is used for. Not only can mobile surveillance protect a business from theft and its customers from harassment, it can also be used to monitor and enforce social distancing. Mobile surveillance can monitor crowd behavior and use heat mapping and a notification system to keep the public safe from the spread of COVID-19 and future pandemics. 

4. Artificial intelligence and automation

Mobile surveillance is smarter than ever thanks to automation and artificial intelligence. The days of tedious video monitoring are in the past, and today’s technology promises to take the human observation — and human error — out of surveillance. 

Artificial intelligence and automation tools — including facial recognition, motion detection, and sound detection — can designate when a camera should begin recording, send notifications, and share footage. It can detect who it is recording and use machine learning to take the appropriate steps as a result.

5. Better integration and add-ons

Look for mobile surveillance in the coming year that integrates with existing and new technologies. The best mobile surveillance should be seamless, user-friendly, and able to adapt, so adding features, such as two-way talk and the ability to save footage to other devices, is simple. 

6. Cloud-based technology 

The future of security exists on the cloud. Savvy business owners know to use mobile surveillance that uploads video to secure, online servers so it can be accessed whenever, wherever they need it. Some systems utilizing this in the future may require a paid subscription to record footage that has been saved to the cloud, but in any case, it should be secure and readily available. 

7. Weather resistant surveillance 

Rain or shine should not stop mobile video surveillance from keeping you safe. One trend that will only continue to proliferate is a greater focus on mobile surveillance that can withstand various climates. As COVID-19 continues to require prioritization of outdoor activities over indoor, weather resistance is key. 

Unisol International 

If you are looking to learn more about surveillance technology, whether it be upgrading what you currently have or shopping around to see the best options, contact Unisol International to find the perfect technology for your needs.

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