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Trends Shaping the Future of Private Security Services in the UK
06 Oct 2023

Private security and event security companies have become increasingly popular in recent years and have arguably cemented themselves as an important feature of modern society. And with advancements in modern technology, the way in which such companies operate has become far more efficient and effective, allowing business owners to protect their premises in ways that they haven’t been able to in the past. But what does the future hold for private security services? And how will advancements in technology affect the way in which business owners secure their property? Let’s take a look in this expert guide.

The Use of Drones

Drones have become an increasingly popular asset in the private security sector. Drones offer an unrivalled level of versatility and are able to access hard to reach areas where a human being might experience difficulty. Drones equipped with cameras can provide aerial surveillance and real-time video feeds, allowing security personnel to monitor large areas from a central location. This can be especially useful for large scale events, construction sites, and other locations where hiring human patrols may be out of budget. Indeed, drones offer an affordable alternative to conventional security measures – and are definitely a worthwhile investment.

When it comes to the future of the UK’s private security services, it is likely that drones will continue to play an increasingly important role within the industry. Ever evolving drone technologies, such as longer battery life, improved cameras, and enhanced navigation systems, promise to make them far more useful in security applications, such as surveillance systems and reconnaissance missions.

Advanced Biometric Systems

Biometric authentication is nothing new, but is vastly becoming an increasingly popular tool in the private security sector, thanks to its ability to provide secure, accurate, reliable and convenient access control. Biometric authentication is effective because it analyses physical or behavioural traits, such as a person’s unique fingerprints, an individual’s face, and patterns in their voice, to verify a person’s identity and grant access to restricted areas or devices, and preventing unwanted visitors from entering the area, reducing the risk of harm coming to property or a business premises. 

As aforementioned, the key benefit of biometric authentication is the fact that it is highly accurate, secure, and reliable. Biometric traits are unique to each individual and are difficult to replicate, making them more secure than other modes of authentication such as passwords or scanning an ID card. Indeed, this also means that biometric authentication is faster and more convenient than having to remember a password and pin or having to carry around a physical ID card.

Although there are concerns from some commentators that biometric authentication can present privacy issues for those involved, it is a highly effective and efficient way to ensure that a business premises is secure, and only the people who should be on site are granted access. Indeed, the rapid advancements in biometric technology, such as improved accuracy and faster processing times will make them highly useful when it comes to access applications.

Artificial Intelligence

Increasingly, artificial intelligence is being used in security surveillance systems. One of the major advantages of AI is that it can analyse large amounts of data in real time and quickly detect any potential threats. AI systems use machine learning algorithms to identify suspicious behaviour or activity, such as unauthorised access, loitering, or unusual movements of individuals that the human eye may not be able to detect. AI systems essentially streamline the way in which a security system operates, reducing the workload for security personnel so that they can focus on other tasks such as running the business. Another added benefit of AI security systems is that they automate the monitoring process, providing for a far more accurate and efficient security system.

Although some critics suggest it has its flaws such as creating false positives for innocent behaviour, the AI technology is evolving at a rapid rate and is only set to improve, meaning businesses will massively benefit from an enhanced and far more accurate security system.

An Increased Reliance on Private Police

Due to massive government cuts in the UK, the number of public police officers has fallen dramatically, which has resulted in private security companies being used as essentially replacements for police patrols. Many small and large businesses are now opting to hire private security companies to protect their premises from break ins and thefts due to their loss of faith in the police service.

Cloud Based Solutions Will Be Everywhere

Much like with AI, the cloud based solutions are not a new trend in the private security industry, but it is arguably expanding extremely rapidly. From small business markets to much larger enterprises we can see the momentum push more and more businesses to leverage cloud-based security solutions and services. And as we continue to witness, the devastating impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on  businesses globally has only accelerated the movement to cloud-based operations for people and businesses around the world.

Cloud based solutions allow businesses to achieve a simplistic way of managing their security, minimising the amount of assets needed, and offer a setup that is both easy to use and navigate – and this is exactly what cloud technology delivers so well. With a cloud based security service, there is no need for a local server or software. Business owners can quickly and easily check the status of their business security in real time, receive security events and alarms quickly, and respond effectively to emergencies using a simple smartphone app.

The Bottom Line

Technology has arguably revolutionised the way in which private security services in the UK operate, and has allowed them to streamline the service they provide, making everything far more reliable, precise, and efficient. It is crucial that private security companies embrace this ever evolving technology if they want to ensure that they offer a service that truly safeguards a business – and that’s exactly what we do here at All Time Security. For more information on how we can assist you and your business, do not hesitate to get in touch with us today.

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