Growth anticipated for UK CCTV sales

January 7, 2011

CCTV sales in the UK is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of around 14.5% during 2010 – 2013, RNCOS acknowledged.

The CCTV/video surveillance market has been witnessing exponential growth for the past few years on the back of rising concerns for security and safety across the globe. The UK is one of the world’s topmost destinations in terms of development and maturity of CCTV market. As far as the number of cameras installed is concerned, the UK represents the most mature market in the world. With the government endorsement of public-area video surveillance, and emergence of other growth areas like, home security and wireless transmission of CCTV, the research report “Global CCTV Market Analysis (2008-2012, anticipates that the country’s CCTV sales will grow at a CAGR of around 14.5% during 2010 – 2013.

As per the RNCOS study, the UK market is predicted to witness sustainable growth (in terms of both value and volume) for the design, supply, installation, and maintenance of CCTV systems. The need to update legacy systems, new construction, and public security will drive this growth. Therefore, it is anticipated that digital systems and Internet Protocol (IP) cameras will dominate the market by 2013. A plethora of opportunities has emerged with the advancement of technology. We have analyzed the UK CCTV market in our research report along with the information on key players and other details about the country’s CCTV market.

The research also reveals that currently, the analogue CCTV market dominates the global CCTV market, but the scenario will change by the end of 2013. In future, network IP technology will emerge as the leading CCTV technology. Various factors that will drive the IP technology market in coming times have also been covered in the report. It also details the potential growth areas for the CCTV market along with the major roadblocks.

CCTV software based on open standards provides advantages

December 8, 2010

Open Standards are the Future of IP Networking where everything seems possible

Integration is the key for CCTV

If your mobile phone can connect with Facebook and give you someone’s contact info or you can have a video conference with people on the other side of the planet for free, it does not seem as though managing and monitoring surveillance cameras just a block away should be much of a problem. However, the world of video networking is not as simple as it might seem. This booming industry contains many devices and technologies from an array of manufacturers and vendors, all vying for the best solutions to meet the problem of how to keep people and places secure.

With such an abundance of options, it would be a pity to limit a surveillance system to a single brand or technology. System designers and owners need to be able to easily connect their systems with other networks and to incorporate new and innovative solutions into the technology of their legacy systems. It is therefore imperative to create standards to ensure that the apparatuses in surveillance systems can communicate with each other as well as interface with other networks.

Blending sundry backgrounds

Standardizing video surveillance technology is no easy feat. The advent of IP networking ultimately merged the broadcast, telecom, and CCTV industries together, each of which had their own way of working with and producing new products and ideas. Even within a single industry, technology diverged greatly.

The broadcast industry started out, for example, with watertight standards (PAL and NTSC) that could literally be used anywhere in the world; they were always the same. Digital streaming changed all of that simply because video compression standards work quite differently. There are many standards and a wide spectrum of implementations is available for each standard; that is, MPEG-2 in one system is not necessarily compatible with the devices in another network. The standard allows for a broad range of profiles and applications that advantageously let users and developers customise their systems and solutions. However, the disadvantage of this is that networks cannot interface with one another.

Standardisation involves generating unified platforms. The systems deployed upon these open standards need to be capable of interfacing with the outside world while still allowing for internal customisation. This latter aspect can, at times, prove itself to be an exceedingly challenging part of video networking. As a result, although great strides have been made to simplify system integration, creating universal standards is and will remain a dynamic process; the varied and rich backgrounds from which the technology develops exclude straightforward answers and force standardisation to exist only as an ongoing struggle to conform to specific needs while building networks that can openly interface with each other.

Integrating different technologies in disparate systems

Optelecom-NKF (manufacturer of Siqura®) believes that video surveillance owners and designers benefit from the ability to select their own hardware, try out new technologies in existing systems, and draw from the diverse disciplines amalgamated in IP networking. Therefore, Optelecom-NKF has for many years now offered its customers an open streaming architecture (OSA) API based on acknowledged standards. This ultimately allows video streams to be viewed anywhere in the world over RTSP, even via handheld devices, such as PDAs, or through applications, such as QuickTime and VLC. Optelecom-NKF has also integrated its products into major video management systems (VMS), such as, XProtect (Milestone), Omnicast (Genetec), Security Center (Genetec), and many others.

In addition, Optelecom-NKF is a contributing member and strong supporter of the ONVIF and PSIA initiatives, the leading efforts in standardization. These movements have already made excellent achievements in helping companies work together to create open platforms for IP video networking.

Meeting the CCTV needs of the future

Optelecom-NKF recently developed an ONVIF-compliant, high-definition (HD) H.264 IP camera series. The traditional box-style BC6x cameras and the vandal-proof fixed dome FD6x cameras provide HD resolution images in H.264, MPEG-4, and MJPEG. With the option to configure multiple combinations of resolution and frame rate, it is possible to satisfy a variety of different live-viewing and recording scenarios, making these cameras ideal for large professional installations where high resolutions and quality images are needed.

The Siqura 6x cameras offer true day/night and backlight compensation as standard features, as well as wide dynamic range (WDR) functionality in some models, to ensure quality images in difficult lighting conditions. Since surveillance solutions need to be flexible when it comes to installation, these new cameras can be powered from AC, DC, or Power over Ethernet (PoE) power sources. Through an intuitive and straightforward Web interface, users can configure features such as motion detection and privacy masks to ensure the security of the surveillance system.

The development of these ONVIF-compliant HD cameras is just another step towards ensuring that Siqura surveillance solutions offer the best system for even the most demanding surveillance situations.

The future of video streaming for CCTV

Video surveillance systems have changed a lot since the arrival of IP technology. Technological advancements make it seem as though anything is possible. Devices in your car can tell you where to go; you can watch what’s happening anywhere in the world almost instantaneously through someone’s cell phone. It seems that networking video surveillance systems should be really simple.

Yet, the video networking industry stems from a disparate collection of companies and technologies, challenging manufacturers today to change the way they think about networks. While analogue CCTV installations were inherently closed (as the name closed circuit television or CCTV indicates), system owners and administrators today need to be able to connect their systems with outside networks, as well as have various devices within a single system that can easily interface with one another. Inventing new solutions, such as the upcoming Siqura ONVIF-compliant HD IP cameras, based on open standards for specific applications is an inevitable aspect of the future of this vibrant industry.

As a supplier of Optelecom-NKF products along with JVC, Sanyo, Genetec, Bosch, contact Controlware to find out how integrated products and systems can benefit you

Solutions for CCTV transmission over an IP network

October 15, 2010

How to get CCTV video across the network

There are essentially three ways of transmitting video streams over the network from the source to the destination: broadcast, unicast and multicast.

Broadcast is defined as a one-to-all communication between the source and the destinations. In IP video surveillance, the source refers usually to the IP camera and the destination refers to the monitoring station or the recording server. In this case, broadcasting would mean that the IP camera would send the video stream to all monitoring stations and recording servers, but also to any IP devices on the network, even though only a few specific destination sources had actually requested the stream. Typically, this method of transmission is not commonly used in IP video surveillance applications, but can be seen more often in the TV broadcasting industry where TV signals are switched at the destination level.

Unicast is defined as a one-to-one communication between the source and the destination. Unicast transmissions are usually done in TCP or UDP and require a direct connection between the source and the destination. In this scenario, the IP camera (source) needs to have the capabilities to accept many concurrent connections when many destinations want to view or record that same video at the same time.
In terms of video streaming in unicast transmission, the IP camera will stream as many copies of the video feed requested by the destinations. In figure 1 below, three copies of the same video stream are sent over the network; one copy for each of the three destinations requesting the stream. If each video stream is 4 Mbps, this transmission will produce 12 Mbps (3x4Mbps) of data on multiple network segments.

As a result, many destinations connected in unicast to a video source can result in high network traffic. In other words, if we imagine a large system with 200 destinations requesting the same video stream, we would end up having 800 Mbps (200x4Mbps) of data travelling over the network, which is realistically unmanageable. Although this method of transmission is widely used over the Internet where most routers are not multicast-enabled, within a corporate LAN, unicast transmission is not necessarily the best practice as it can quickly increase the bandwidth needed for viewing and recording camera streams.

In multicast transmission, there is no direct connection between the source and the destinations. The connection to the video stream of the IP camera is done by joining a multicast group, which in simple terms means actually connecting to the multicast IP address of the video stream. So the IP camera only sends a single copy of the video stream to its designated IP address and the destination simply connects to the stream available over the network with no additional overhead on the source. In other words, the destinations share the same video stream. In figure 2 below, the same three destinations requesting the video stream have the same impact on the network as a single destination requesting the stream in unicast and there is no more than 4 Mbps of data travelling on each segment of the network. Even with 200 destinations requesting that video stream, the same amount of data would be travelling on the network.

It is evident at this point that using multicast transmissions in an IP video surveillance application can save a lot of bandwidth, especially in large scale deployments where the number of destinations can grow very quickly. To find out more contact Controlware.

IP CCTV Aéroports de Paris case study

January 29, 2010

IP CCTV transmission delivers increased flexibility and reduces costs for one of the largest CCTV networks in Europe

Aéroports de Paris Group are Europe’s second largest airport group, managing airports, and aerodromes including Paris-Orly, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, and Paris-Le Bourget. As the airport authority for the Paris region, Aéroports de Paris view security operations as an integral part of their customer services and ensure a high level of security to safeguard passengers, airline companies and partners. In 2003 Aéroports de Paris embarked on an ambitious CCTV upgrade programme to improve the level of security and safety throughout their airports that still continues today. The superior video quality that the IP solution provides was a primary reason for Aéroports de Paris to establish a long-term partnership with Controlware.

Aéroports de Paris monitor high quality video from 14 airports. Since 2003 Controlware has assisted Aéroports de Paris with the evolution and expansion of their IP transmission network and to date have supplied over 5,000 video ports helping to create one of the largest ever integrated IP CCTV networks in Europe.

Carmelo Musumeci, Country Manager for Controlware Continental Europe, adds that ”The flexibility and scalability of the solution provides easy integration with existing CCTV equipment and this is especially important in the context of large-scale and evolving projects like Aéroports de Paris.”

The integrated IP CCTV system enables Aéroports de Paris to constantly monitor, record and manage video from thousands of cameras at any location on their network and to operate a crisis centre that can be used in case of emergencies. By using a single infrastructure costs can be saved; multiple operators are able to access, share and view live and recorded video without having to be onsite; remote control of PTZ cameras provides increased flexibility and there is virtually unlimited storage capacity for archived video. The integration opportunities are also much greater for IP solutions. By integrating the surveillance platform with access control or building management systems the creation of a single unified management and control platform is possible ensuring the safety of staff, passangers and visitors to the airport.

To download a more detailed case study and to view others click here.

St Pancras International CCTV system improves security and safety

January 25, 2010

Prestigious larndmark benefits from integrated IP CCTV that improves flexibility and reduces costs

The £800m refurbishment and extension of St Pancras International is part of HS1, Britain’s first major rail project for over a century and the UK’s biggest ever construction project. Opened by the Queen this prestigious landmark required an advanced CCTV solution to help protect staff, customers, and visitors to the station. Controlware won the contract on the basis of the advanced technical solution, integration expertise, and the proven ability to deliver large projects successfully.

Working closely with the Costain, O’Rourke, Bachy and Emcor Rail (CORBER) consortium and Rail Link Engineering (RLE) the 450-camera solution includes a mixture of cameras, codec’s, networked storage and an advanced management platform that provides access to live, DVD quality video. The comprehensive IP surveillance solution provides control of security operations and enables resources to be easily coordinated to meet specific incidents as they happen. Accessing recorded video is made easier through time and date-based searches and since digital recording is used no videotapes are required, saving both time and costs. The surveillance network is also highly scalable to support growth of cameras and storage requirements in the future as the recent integration of the NCP CCTV network has demonstrated.

The new CCTV solution not only helps maintain security and safety but also delivers improved flexibility, reliability and operational benefits as well. By using a unified network for video, data and voice cabling costs are reduced. User access to multiple systems such as Access Control, CCTV, Fire, and Building Control is simplified through a single common interface that provides fast access to detailed information. Training costs are also significantly reduced since each user only needs to be trained on a single system. Easy to use management tools provide users with fast access to live and recorded video from multiple locations either inside or outside of the station. This improves resilience and helps innovate the way that individual departments work. Station announcers for example now have access to live video from platform cameras allowing more accurate announcements to be made and resources to be guided to incidents as they happen, directly improving delivery of information and services and increasing safety for passengers.

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Key reasons to select IP CCTV in 2010 #2 Resilience

January 20, 2010

Here we look at the key drivers for selecting IP over analogue, and what people should be aware of when looking at specifying CCTV projects.


IP based solutions can give you the power to have a zero point of failure through the use of industry standard architecture such as SMART, RAID, iSCSI, multiple controllers, network interfaces and also through using good system design to have failover and multiple pathways / switching.  When this is linked through software features such as SNMP and “heartbeat” monitoring, end users or the systems integrators supporting them can be made aware of any problems before serious service effecting issues or loss of footage occur.  This level of redundancy or failover can be further enhanced by the use of video management software features such as disaster recovery so that even in the event of a major incident or accident systems can be up and running in minutes even in completely different control rooms in different geographical areas.

Previously we have spoken specifically about the cost advantages of IP over analogue systems. If you would like to read these arguments and a detailed cost breakdown then please drop us an email at or visit

Also if you would like to challenge Controlware to prove that IP can be just as cost effective, provide a better service than analogue or allow you to enable an upgrade to IP without replacing your entire system then please contact us.

The CCTV industry needs regulation

December 4, 2009

Mark Harraway, Country Manager at Controlware calls for the need for CCTV standards

Both the introduction of CCTV conformity standards and creating the right approach to security design are needed to take our industry forward. And our industry does need to move forwards. Already we are seeing the Police start to say that CCTV is only one of their tools when it should be viewed as their primary tool: CCTV is the eyes of any security system, and as such when systems are well designed and managed CCTV is both proactive and clearly provides the most damning piece of evidence.

In the meantime however there is something that we can do to support our industry. We should start talking in a common language and encourage our industry bodies to take a more proactive leadership role. We should also be prepared to commit to universal testing regimes. Those of us that work in distribution – matching end-user requirements with manufacturers diverse portfolios, and having the knowledge and expertise that spans IT, IP and security industry knowledge – should be prepared to better support consultants by undertaking continued assessment and testing in order to promote the right product for the right project and, as best practice look at the OR as the driving force behind design.

At Controlware, we remain firmly committed to these values, and to moving the industry forwards. We use our expertise in system design, working with consultants, systems integrators and end users to provide guidance and understanding concerning the integration of security expertise with IT and IP knowledge.

The article “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing” can be read in full here