CCTV systems are now a common sight across business premises, city high streets and on public transport and new research suggests the security measures are going to become even more popular in the future.
The report from RNCOS shows that many companies have adopted CCTV in recent years, but even more will do so in the next few years due to concerns about security and safety. The CCTV Market Outlook 2017 document states the international market for CCTV is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of around 14 per cent over the next four years.
According to the analysts, many businesses want to be protected by technologically-advanced video surveillance that is capable of being integrated into other security systems and improving working practices.
In addition to the greater demand for cutting-edge CCTV, manufacturers have also been able to make use of cheaper component prices and can offer sophisticated surveillance kits at prices that are much less expensive than in years gone by.
Currently, there are far more analog CCTV cameras in operation than new digital alternatives, but RNCOS suggests that this scenario will change as network IP CCTVs emerge as the leading technology.
The factors that are expected to drive the IP technology market in near future include:
CCTV no longer needs to be closed circuit. IP technology can be opened or closed access as needed, with remote access to live images and remote administration of cameras possible from any of the end-users computer systems.
Users can not only monitor and view images remotely using a standard web browser or PC, but they can also record their footage directly on to a hard disk. Not only does this make storing hours of footage much easier and safer with no degradation, but it also significantly boosts search capabilities.
A hard disk can even be located at a remote location for security purposes.
The quality of the images produced is fundamental to the success of CCTV if it is to be used as an investigational tool. A digital picture is much better suited to this than an analogue one. Each frame within a video stream is sharp, while MegaPixel cameras offer as much as ten times the resolution older systems were capable of while recording bigger areas.
Also, digital images do not lose quality in transmission or storage and it is easier to zoom in.
Adding more network cameras to the system is easy when using IP systems and the costs involved are much less, as the network easily adapts to new cameras and devices.
RNCOS also states that IP systems will fuel the evolution of video analytics, which can track non-security operations such as footfall and help CCTV get budget sign-off within even more organisations in the next three years.
The report outlines that CCTV can be a useful security aid wherever it is employed, but it will be extremely useful to - and set for growth in - the retail, healthcare, education, transportation and banking sectors.
RNCOS's report follows the from the British Security Industry Association's study that revealed there could already be around six million CCTV cameras in the UK, with the vast majority of these belonging to private companies.