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In recent years, security has become an increasingly important concern for individuals, organizations, businesses, communities and governments. As we move further into 2023, several security trends are emerging, reflecting both the ongoing evolution of technology and the increasing sophistication of security. Personnel such as security guards have also evolved to keep up with changing threats and technologies. In this article, we will explore some of the most important security trends to watch for in 2023.

  1. Integration of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is increasingly being used in the security industry to enhance security protocols and reduce the risk of security breaches as well as respond to potential threats.

Some examples of its uses are:

  • AI Powered Surveillance Cameras can detect unusual activity such as someone carrying a weapon
  • AI improves access control systems such as biometric scanners to identify a security breach and trigger an alert in the presence of such a scenario
  • AI is being used in facial recognition technology that identifies individuals based on their facial features. This technology can help security personnel to quickly identify potential threats and prevent unauthorized access to restricted areas.

As technology continues to evolve, we can expect to see even more applications of AI in security, further enhancing safety and security.

  1. Use of Drones
  • Surveillance: Drones equipped with high-definition cameras and thermal imaging sensors can be used to monitor large areas from the air, providing real-time situational awareness to security personnel.
  • Perimeter security: Drones can be used to monitor the perimeter of restricted areas such as military bases. Equipped with cameras and other sensors, drones can quickly detect potential security breaches and alert security personnel.
  • Crowd control: Drones can be used to help manage crowds and prevent potential security incidents. For example, drones equipped with loudspeakers can be used to broadcast messages and instructions to crowds, while drones equipped with nets or other non-lethal weapons can be used to deter or neutralize potential threats.
  • Rapid response: Drones can be deployed in potential security incidents, providing real-time situational awareness to security personnel for example, drones are used to survey a terrorist attack providing real-time intelligence.

Drones can also be used to respond to security threats in hard-to-reach areas, such as rooftops or other inaccessible locations.

  1. Use of Wearable Technology
  • Tracking and monitoring: Wearable devices can be used to track the location and movement of individuals in real-time. For example, GPS-enabled bracelets can be used to track the location of high-risk.
  • Identification and authentication: Wearable devices such as smart watches can be used to identify individuals and authenticate their access to restricted areas. For example, wearable devices can be linked to biometric data, such as fingerprints to ensure that only authorized personnel can access restricted areas.
  • Real- time situational awareness: Wearable devices can be used to provide real-time situational awareness to security personnel. For example, smart glasses can be used to display real-time video feeds from surveillance cameras, allowing security personnel to monitor critical areas and respond quickly to potential security threats.
  • Communication and collaboration: Wearable devices can be used to improve communication and collaboration between security personnel. Allowing security personnel to quickly coordinate their response to potential security incidents.

4. Greater Diversity and Inclusion

The security  industry has traditionally been male-dominated and lacking in diversity. However, in recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. In 2023 onwards, we are witnessing security companies making a concerted effort to recruit and retain a more diverse workforce, in particular more women.

5. Adoption of Sustainable Practices

This is the integration of environmentally friendly and socially responsible actions into security operations. Security operations can have significant environmental impacts, such as energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and waste generation. They can as well have social impacts, such as the displacement of communities or the violation of human rights. By adopting sustainable practices, security organizations can reduce their environmental footprint and promote social equity and justice.

Some examples of sustainable practices in security include:

  • Energy efficiency measures, such as the use of renewable energy sources, energy-efficient lighting, and HVAC systems.
  • Waste reduction and recycling programs, such as the use of reusable water bottles and recycling bins.
  • Sustainable procurement practices, such as purchasing environmentally friendly products and services.
  • Social impact assessments, to identify and address potential negative impacts on local communities.
  • Biodiversity conservation measures, such as protecting and restoring natural habitats.


By taking action to reduce their environmental and social impacts, security organizations can contribute to a healthier and more resilient planet for future generations.

The security industry is evolving rapidly, driven by technological advancements, changing threats, and evolving societal norms. Industries, organisations and businesses who are able to adapt to these trends and embrace new technologies and practices will be well-positioned for success.

The fact that security technology is constantly evolving, combined with the point that security threats are becoming increasingly prominent and sophisticated, makes it doubly important to stay up to date with the latest security trends.

To ensure an up to date physical security and protection against the latest risks, it is highly recommended to partner with an experienced security solutions provider that specialises in integrated  security systems. A company that will assess your current security measures, and recommend improvements or upgrades for better physical protection.

At Opticom Kenya Limited an Optimum Group Partnerships UK Company, with a strong heritage of experience and expertise built over 25 years, we are always focused on the future. Our experts stay ahead of emerging trends and are constantly looking to add value and improve security for our clients.

For all the latest technology led innovative security solutions for your home, residential community or business, you are welcome to get in touch for tailored advice. Pay a visit to our state of the art future proof technology command and control centre to secure your future with tailored security technology solutions from us. Call us on 020 7909011 or email info@opticom.co.ke.

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