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Top 10 feature articles of 2015

Throughout the year, works hard to keep readers informed about the global security industry with the latest news, products, and trends. Powered by the a&s Editorial Team, feature articles are uploaded to daily, ensuring that our web content is kept up-to-date with new articles every day.

In 2015, the a&s Editorial Team covered topics ranging from surveillance trends to social media in security, access control management to the Internet of Things (IoT). Below are the top 10 most read articles by readers in 2015. Now is the perfect chance to catch up on any articles you may have missed throughout the year. Click on the images below to read the full article!

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A new year brings new trends. Many of the trends from 2014 have since turned into industry standards, such as HD resolution and IP surveillance; however, new ones have emerged to keep the security industry on its toes in 2015.

4K ultra-high definition (UHD), the latest high-resolution technology, has come to change the way we use surveillance footage. With resolution that can easily pinpoint critical details, a&s takes a peek at what 4K can do for surveillance.

In order to pinpoint global trends in the current security industry, a&s International annually reviews the financial reports of worldwide public-listed security manufacturers and ranks the top 50 companies by product sales revenue. In 2015, a&s again ranked the top 50, according to their 2014 financial reports. We found that global market demand is still high; however, multiple factors have caused the security industry to shake up.

Social media has undoubtedly become a major platform for marketing; however, research shows that the security industry is a bit of an outlier when it comes to this trend. a&s reached out to several companies to hear about their perception of social media marketing and its effectiveness.

How much one can get out of their video surveillance system is increasingly becoming a concern among end users. However, there are many considerations when trying to get the right security system up and running for a business, and the decision no longer just belongs to security personnel. As part of this evolution of video-enabling businesses, bringing non-security personnel to the discussion table is critical, not only for budget but to gain the necessary synergy needed to give the end user exactly what they need.

The global demand for security remains; however, multiple factors have remodeled the security industry landscape. Two big Chinese companies have been leveled up to the international stage, while their opponents have been left behind or forced to branch out. Meanwhile, the changeable global economic and political status has also made future growth for many companies uncertain.

The Internet of Things (IoT) has become quite a phenomenon, as more and more networked devices are connected to the Internet and generate valuable data for users. Security players, meanwhile, have detected this trend and are adapting themselves to IoT. In this article, some of our Security 50 companies share with us how they do it.

Whether it be to gain market share in new market regions, or to acquire new technology and create a fuller solution, these M&As are changing the VMS landscape. Now, the question is, how exactly will these M&As effect the VMS market, open platforms, and independent VMS companies?

A major trend in access control is its migration to IP. In fact, IP-based access control is now seen in most new buildings and projects around the world. Central to IP-based access control is the access control management system, which, when integrated with other subsystems, can do much more than merely granting or denying access to users as they walk to a building.

The term Internet of Things (IoT) was first coined by British entrepreneur Kevin Ashton back in 1999 to describe the concept of a globally connected network of RFID devices. Today, the connected vision has become quite a reality as IoT has found its way into different parts of our lives, from safe cities to smart buildings. What does all this mean for security players? Some of our Security 50 companies share their views.


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