In the latest instalment of our security industry executive interview series we spoke to Billy Hopkins (pictured, right), National Account Manager at Hanwha Techwin, about the company, the ongoing challenges of COVID-19 for the security sector, cyber security in video surveillance, the impact of AI and more…
Tell us about your company, products and services.
Hanwha Techwin are a global leader in the video surveillance industry, offering complete security solutions which encompass network and analogue cameras, recording solutions, video management software and compression technology. With a vision to deliver a safer world through our cooperate philosophy of trust and loyalty.
What have been the biggest challenges the Security industry has faced over the past 12 months?
COVID has undoubtedly been one of biggest challenges and with it, we have had to find new ways of working whilst maintaining a safe environment.
And what have been the biggest opportunities?
One of the biggest opportunities has been the ability to release free of charge applications for our products that help with public safety, such as occupancy monitoring applications and facemask detection applications.
What is the biggest priority for the Security industry in 2020?
The biggest priority should be around cyber security and ensuring new products released are meeting the highest standards such as Secure by default and UL Cap independent testing.
What are the main trends you are expecting to see in the market in 2022?
A key trend will be in the new product ranges where video will help to innovate, such as utilising AI for parking management systems and increasing the accuracy on analytics for retail focused applications.
What technology is going to have the biggest impact on the market this coming year?
AI technology is at the forefront of the current technological advancements, with cost effective edge based AI functions becoming a reality of today. The ability to be able to deploy advanced AI tech to any system size, not just enterprise solutions, will benefit many.
In 2025 we’ll all be talking about…?
Cloud solutions or SaaS will play are bigger role and I expect 2025 will see an increase in the variety of solutions on offer.
Which person in, or associated with, the Security industry would you most like to meet?
Fraser Sampson, the Surveillance Camera Commissioner – I believe Fraser has an important role in shaping the future of CCTV in the UK and beyond ensuring current and emerging technology is used responsibly.
You go to the bar at the Total Security Summit – what’s your tipple of choice?
I’m not much of a drinker but if pushed a good whisky!
What’s the most exciting thing about your job?
I really enjoy the seeing the result of our technology making a difference. Following a request from system design through to seeing it in action makes it worthwhile.
And what’s the most challenging?
Making sure the solutions we put together solve the problem for those at the end of the chain.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Luck comes from hard work.
Succession or Stranger Things?