As most organizations emerge from a challenging year forever changed by the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 represents a transition back to growth and one in which security strategies have taken on new meaning. No longer is it enough to simply monitor people’s daily flow within your facility or observe activity reactively or passively. Today’s businesses must consider how to see, understand, and act on their physical surroundings in real-time. The importance of these integrated systems in our return to work reaches a heightened priority never imagined twelve months ago.
As the industry shifts to meet this new customer demand for safety and wellness as well as physical security—and moves from a focus on preventative tools to providing operational efficiency that delivers new value—a shift is happening in how systems are designed, installed, and managed to deliver on these benefits. By keeping the customer front and center and embracing open, flexible cloud technologies, the industry will enable a broader portfolio of partnerships and integrations that benefit the customer community. For instance, Ava is collaborating with global IT and security solutions leader, Comm-Works to empower retailers to leverage the latest computer vision to create new customer experiences, ensure safety in the stores for customers & associates, and re-architect physical store layouts to suit changing consumer behavior.