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The Security Industry Association 2021 Security Megatrends report has identified AI as the top megatrend for 2021 and the SIA said it would make the electronic security systems of the future more efficient, effective and responsive.

Input from survey participants and from focus groups and interviews indicated that AI — along with AI variants such as machine learning, deep learning and artificial neural networks — were in the product roadmaps for nearly all security technology solutions.

Artificial intelligence (AI) rose from the second ranked Megatrend in 2020’s report after rising from the fifth-ranked position in 2019’s report. The cybersecurity of physical security systems and solutions was ranked second, behind AI. Given the impact of the pandemic, respondents’ input also placed the trend of touchless/frictionless on the top 10 list of trends; the frictionless trend had previously been identified as a micro-trend.

Also new to the 2021 ranking of trends was the trend of predictive data analytics, which would assist in providing meaningful insights into the volume of data that IoT devices and security and software systems can create, and the trend of responsive environments and intelligent spaces – indicating the application of technology solutions to automate and elevate environments such as homes, buildings and cities.

The 2021 Security Megatrends are:

* Artificial Intelligence
* Cybersecurity of Physical Security
* Predictive Data Analytics
* Connectivity and the IoT of Everything
* Cloud Computing
* Touchless & Frictionless Solutions
* Facial Recognition
* Responsive Environments & Intelligent Spaces
* Emphasis on Data Privacy
* Move to Service Models.

“AI is the underlying trend driving future technological advancements in the security industry, and ultimately AI offers the promise of making security and safety solutions more effective, efficient, automated and responsive to users and customers,” said Pierre Trapanese, chair of the SIA Board of Directors.

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