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HID Global outlines several trends set to reshape the security industry in 2022 and beyond

By Ryan Morris-Reade
Wed 19 Jan 2022

HID Global, an identity and physical security solution company, has outlined several trends it believes will reshape the security industry in 2022 and beyond.

With more than 30 years in the industry, HID Global is in a unique position to identify key enablers, disruptive events, and game-changing developments that will shape the security landscape in 2022.

After observing the market and listening to partner and customer feedback, the company believes the following seven topics will impact the security industry this year and beyond:

Supply chain issues
HID Global says supply chain problems will continue to dominate security and that 2022 is a year when the industry will need to be creative. It says semiconductor shortages, global logistics bottlenecks, and corresponding cost increases will impact everything from readers and control panels to sensors and detectors.

Sustainability
The past year has demonstrated a growing consensus that end-users want to work with suppliers for whom sustainability is a cornerstone of their business decisions and operations. In 2022, HID Global expects the focus on sustainability will grow, driving suppliers to focus on digital solutions, including end-to-end mobile and multi-application technologies that reduce the industry's footprint.

SaaS-delivered identities 
Digital transformation has brought with it a move to cloud deployments and service models, providing opportunities to manage access control for applications, physical assets, and data, while new form factors enable seamless and trusted authentication. 

As digital-first mandates continue to impact the security landscape, HID Global says 2022 will see SaaS-delivered identities become not just the norm but the expectation.

Digital IDs
Digital wallet adoption is at an all-time high. Big technology companies are increasing new credential functionality in applications. Enterprises and governments are adding new infrastructure to support digital transactions. HID Global believes 2022 will be a tipping point for digital IDs to outpace physical ones and that digital servitisation will play a vital role as suppliers organise around service models and service-led growth.

Future of work 
Hybrid work models are the norm today, and a zero-trust approach for all is a trend dominating the security industry in 2022. Leaders tasked with ensuring a safe environment for those returning to the office, and secure identity and access management for those working remotely, are looking to the latest physical access trends and the best practices enabling them. 

Touchless solutions, data protection, and visitor management technologies ensure healthy and secure on-site environments, while multifactor authentication solutions take centre stage for remote applications.

Contactless biometrics 
Biometrics are in widespread use, whether to secure mobile devices, secure a driver's license or other government ID, or track fitness. In 2022, biometrics paired with cloud-based identity management solutions is poised to fuel much faster growth, says HID Global. It says security's role in delivering biometric technology that enables secure authentication and protects data privacy is emerging across sectors of the economy.

Data science
The combination of IoT, cloud and mobile technologies is steadily driving digital transformation across the security industry. Balancing protection against the potential of new physical and digital cybersecurity threats has moved data science into the spotlight, as the discussion turns from risk mitigation and prevention to threat prediction and aversion. 

In 2022, HID Global says AI and machine learning will become more tightly woven into the fabric of trusted identity solutions across the physical and digital continuum for automating and optimising performance, accuracy, safety, and security.
 

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