Engineering the Future: Innovations in Security Technologies

Security continues to rank as a top priority for UK-based businesses across most major industries. Alongside the ever-present threat of physical security breaches, intrusions and theft, modern businesses must be prepared to protect digital tools and assets from misuse.

As organisations continue to pursue digital transformation and the modernisation of legacy systems, more focus is placed on innovative security solutions. Data reveals around one in six UK organisations have embraced at least one AI technology, with at least 90% of global businesses utilising cloud systems, enabling teams to develop sophisticated security tools.

By integrating AI and machine learning technologies into cloud-based management systems, leaders can support security staff in improving the efficiency and efficacy of existing systems. To learn how, this post will explore a range of promising innovations in security technologies. 

AI video analytics

The functionality of modern commercial CCTV cameras can be significantly enhanced via integrations with AI technologies. Where once staff were required to manually monitor video feeds to identify potential threats, modern systems allow for automated incident detection.

AI video analytics software can autonomously detect specific stimuli, such as crowds forming in unusual areas or unknown vehicles entering secure locations, with security teams notified remotely via cloud-based management systems. Currently, 35% of businesses are exploring the use of AI solutions to improve threat detection and wider business security practices.

Intelligent access control

Access control is central to the effective operation of all physical business security systems, with many UK-based organisations investing heavily in strengthening existing technologies. The UK access control market is expected to grow significantly in the coming years, in part due to innovations in this field enabling improved credential accuracy and activity monitoring.


Alongside traditional credential types like traceable RFID tags, businesses can utilise secure biometric technologies and encrypted smartphone credentials to develop multi-factor authentication systems. More layers of access security means less chance of intrusions, with cloud-based activity monitoring enabling admins to assess and adjust permissions remotely.  

Automated incident responses

In addition to the development of AI-informed video security systems enabling security staff to autonomously detect potential threats, innovations in Internet of Things (IoT) technologies can assist businesses in creating automated incident responses. IoT sensors and actuators can be integrated alongside existing systems to trigger the activation of wider security tools.

For example, IoT motion sensors can be programmed to secure doors and activate alarms if movement is detected in high-security areas, while IoT noise detectors can trigger installed security devices if sounds consistent with a break-in are identified. These systems allow for automated lockdowns in response to various threats, measurably improving on-site security. 

Remote security management

As hybrid and remote work structures continue to play a significant role in the future of the UK economy, organisations must ensure installed security systems are optimised to meet modern demands. Thankfully, the deployment of cloud-based security management systems enables admins to address the needs of flexible workers through remote-access capabilities.

With security staff able to view and adjust physical devices from a secure web-based portal, teams can address the needs of flexible workers from any location at any time. Doors can be opened, cameras can be adjusted and access logs can be reviewed remotely, ensuring that essential security measures are in place and actively monitored in line with hybrid structures.


As AI solutions and related smart technologies continue to be improved upon and made more accessible, businesses across most major industries will be able to strengthen existing security systems to meet modern demands. From AI video analytics to advanced access control, innovations in security technologies look set to shape the future of modern business.