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Security trends from CES 2015

Earlier this month saw a migration of the world’s tech journalists and bloggers to the barren, sun baked wastelands of Las Vegas, meaning only one thing- it was time for the annual Consumer Electronics Show. The behemoth of a trade show is the first opportunity in the year for the major manufacturers to show off their wears for the coming year. Everything from concept pieces to market-ready products were on display at CES 2015, so it was one of the best places to gauge upcoming trends for everything tech. Regrettably, the blogging budget here at SpyCameraCCTV towers doesn’t quite cover all expenses paid trips to Vegas (especially once Roulette losses are taken into account), but not to worry, as I am here to digest all of the news from the show, and pick out some of the biggest tech and security trends for this year!

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Intel’s Curie microcontroller module. (image via Intel)

Ever smaller processors and modules

With “the internet of things” and “wearables” still very much two of the biggest buzzwords in the industry at the moment, Intel was showing off a one-two punch of components designed explicitly to power the next generation of these devices. The Edison- debuted at last year’s conference- is a complete computer with CPU, Wifi and Bluetooth, all crammed into one device the size of a standard SD card. The company is hoping it can be used to create a new wave of smart devices that work independently, rather than via connecting a smartphone, like most of the current generation. This year this has been shown alongside the Curie, a button sized module boasting features such as flash memory, motion sensors and battery charging, designed specifically for wearable devices. Clearly Intel are posing themselves to be as integral to this generation of smart devices as they were to the desktop PC generation.

Drones, drones and more drones

Despite disappointment that rumours of a GoPro drone announcement turned out to be spurious, the buzzing camera platforms were nonetheless ubiquitous in the show- enough so that they had a dedicated section. As prices drop down to more affordable levels for average consumers they are sure to be one of the most popular- and contentious products in the video world, even with the prospect of FAA restrictions drastically reducing their usage.

Biometrics for everyone!

With many high profile hacking attacks leading users to rightly question the safety of their data online, many might be forgiven for questioning the demand for tech companies to remotely store reams of data on our health and bodies. Nevertheless, the manufacturers are still pushing for this in a big way, with wearable devices being the principle means to collect the data. Chief among this crowd were Hexoskin, whose “Junior” range of biometric vests allow parents to remotely keep tabs on their childrens’ heart rate, breathing and sleep duration via a smartphone app.

Video analytics

As processors get better at handling large volumes of data from video, analytics software that was previously only available for high end commercial grade IP camera systems can be found in much more affordable consumer grade devices. A good example was Netatmo’s Welcome camera- a compact HD security camera that can send notifications to your phone when it detects a face that it doesn’t recognise.

 

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