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.


Building the next generation CCTV security system

September 29, 2009

Video surveillance has evolved significantly in the last few years and Controlware has been at the forefront of the development of this technology.

Digital video surveillance is cost-effective and offers greater flexibility due to the wide range of cameras available.  If implemented as a separate system to meet the needs of a security plan or upgrade, a standard system may be adequate for immediate requirements, but if the system is integrated with access control and intrusion detection system or part of the broader building automation system, surveillance improves and reduces the need for additional security personnel.

Integration of access control with video verification, for example, allows a security operator to see live video at the point a person gains entry.  This also enables the prevention of individuals who are “tailgating”, when one person follows another through the door.  The integrated system allows organizations to visually identify, verify and capture security breaches at access points.

Utilising video analytics within new generation cameras brings additional advantages to the system.  This technology enables the cameras to look for certain characteristics in the video and provide alerts when these occur.  This facilitates each camera to effectively act as another pair of eyes looking for breaches in the security policy.  Using this technology enables operators to focus only on what is truly important, managing surveillance by exceptional events rather than trying to observe all events.

The goal of Controlware’s Cware platform is to provide a single, unified, integrated architecture for organizations.  This will prevent intruder access to secure areas, limit access to public areas, and remotely monitor critical areas to reduce the risk of crime and security incidents.

Using an integrated system, security staff at a central monitoring station can view live or recorded footage from surveillance cameras, move pan-tilt-zoom cameras, or perform advanced searches for video clips stored on the security management system.  When an alarm is triggered by an intrusion, access control or video analytics policy, the system can automatically respond in a wide variety of ways such as move a cameras position and display live video at the location, map the alarm location, and send an alert to the security personnel’s mobile devices.

CCTV cameras are an important security component at vulnerable areas of a site, such as entrances, car parks and IT labs. When an alarm is activated at one of these locations, cameras can be activated to survey the scene and monitor the incident, allowing security personnel to quickly evaluate both the alarm and their response.

Asset protection is also becoming increasingly high priority. There is often a need to track everything from office equipment, PCs to PDAs and phones—not just for the value of these items but also for the data that could be located on them. Controlware integrate RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) and tagging technologies to assist with asset tracking. This system works in conjunction with video and access control to document the movement of assets or persons around monitored locations.  This same RFID technology can be utilised to provide a locational awareness function across sites to identify the whereabouts of security staff, equipment or objects at any given time.  Using this technology provides the facility to automatically alert the nearest operators when an alarm is detected on the system. Operators or guards with mobile devices can be sent both live and recorded footage so they can determine the severity of the alarm and take action as necessary.

As well as video images coming from the fixed position cameras, it is also possible to look towards the implementation green camera locations where both wind and solar can be used to power the cameras where digs are not possible.  This enables the use of temporary cameras to be deployed around the site where and when they are required.  Also, due to the network architecture, it is also possible to stream images into the systems from remote sources to increase the site security.

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Developing an integrated security environment with CCTV, Access control and Intruder Systems

September 22, 2009

The key to success in tackling ongoing security risks is to ensure that the technology can meet the demands placed upon it. Providing a reliable, effective, integrated solution into the hands of competent and well trained security staff can result in real world reductions in crime and safety.

Controlware are constantly examining, testing and developing new state-of-the-art technologies to ensure that these challenges are met. These developments provide new and innovative ways in which security can be applied and integrated within our CCTV Security management platform, Cware. This allows for a more flexible, efficient system with increased control and capabilities.

Cware is an advanced IP based video management and Networked Video Recording (NVR) platform that makes control of surveillance networks simpler and more effective than ever before.

Based on open standards architecture Cware provides the freedom to create integrated surveillance networks. Support for a range of manufacturers cameras and encoders ensure investment protection for existing network equipment and integration with new products and technologies in the future.

An advanced user-friendly interface that can be customized to meet individual requirements enables simultaneous access to live and recorded video making it easy for all levels of security personnel to operate and control the system. Comprehensive video management, on screen display, alarm, recording and playback features deliver support for limitless cameras, recording servers and operator workstations. Advanced features such as Image Content Navigation (ICN) and 2.5D Live Maps provide unrivalled video interaction, innovating the way locations are monitored.

Highly flexible and cost-effective architecture enables Cware to easily manage single or multiple locations and all sizes of installation, supporting thousands of cameras. A modular approach utilising common PC, networking and storage hardware, provides a platform for endless scalability, without requiring full and costly system upgrades. The number of cameras, clients and storage capacity can be increased with ease and by supporting a high level of system redundancy disruption to security operations is minimized.

Having supplied thousands of solutions through a worldwide network of channel partner’s, real world experience is at the heart of Cware development. Based on flexible architecture, boasting advanced features and designed specifically for the user Cware delivers all the advantages of a next generation management platform today.

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Cware management platform

Cware management platform


Integrated CCTV – Greater than the sum of its parts

September 21, 2009

Security both inside and outside of the location is a key factor in developing a safe environment.  It is essential that the CCTV surveillance cover more than just site boundaries but ensure staff and public safety as a whole.

The application of new and future technology into an integrated solution can effectively assist in both crime prevention and management of incidents as they occur.  The key components of a security solution typically comprise of video surveillance, video recording, communication and alarm detection.   If each of these systems is implemented separately and independently, management, efficiency and usability will inevitably suffer as a result.  Alarms occur on one system, access control is managed on another system, recording and viewing by another and so on.  This means that operational usability becomes difficult, training needs more comprehensive, and maintenance more complex.

An effective security system needs all of these components working together in harmony to create a seamless unified solution.  When utilising multiple separate companies to provide these systems problems usually arise as there is no one company who is responsible for ensuring the collective parts all work together.  In addition, many systems are using proprietary technology that does not lend itself well to integration, often made worse when the manufacturers are unwilling to share necessary information about their systems.

By utilising a single organisation who can integrate these separate security components and technologies under a flexible CCTV and security management system, you benefit from a considerably more powerful and effective security solution with a lower total cost of ownership.

Like many sectors of the security industry, the devil is in the detail and system integrators and end-users who wish to see the benefits of an IP-based solution should look to someone who really knows the technology and can give an impartial view. It is common sense that manufacturers will only support their own hardware and will promise the earth for it, whereas a distributor will have evaluated a number of solutions from different vendors and be able to say that product A is the best for solution B because of XYZ whereas product Y is the best for solution C because of etc etc.

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The case for H.264 for CCTV: Introduction

September 7, 2009

The case for H.264 by Mark Harraway as published in International Security Buyers Guide Sept 09.

In his recent columns, ‘the Mole’ has reported interesting statements from the trade with regard to H.264 and I have to agree that when something brand spanking new comes along, it is easy for people to jump on the bandwagon and claim they have innovative features that eclipse competitors. And if a manufacturer does indeed deliver a new feature set which puts them in the position of being market leader then everyone else will often rush to adopt it either too cheaply, too quickly or in a shoddy manner. As a result, all that happens is that the feature becomes discredited within the industry or is viewed with suspicion.

Like many sectors of our industry, the devil is in the detail and system integrators and end-users who wish to see the benefits of an IP-based solution should look to someone who really knows the technology and can give an impartial view. It is common sense that manufacturers will only support their own hardware and will promise the earth for it, whereas a distributor will have evaluated a number of solutions from different vendors and be able to say that product A is the best for solution B because of XYZ whereas product Y is the best for solution C because of etc etc. ‘The Mole’ has already posed a few questions in the magazine and on blogs that I want to consider so fire away at me.

Part 2 follows tomorrow…..


Interested in security? Join the CCTV Video, IP Technology & Solutions group on LinkedIn

September 3, 2009

Join an an expanding group for CCTV users and solution providers and those interested in all aspects of security technology

Discuss and learn about the latest IP CCTV security technologies, products, news and case studies. How converged solutions can deliver benefits – reducing crime, improving safety, loss prevention & saving costs for retail, government, transport etc.

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Runnymede Borough Council benefit from advanced CCTV recording and archive security solution

July 21, 2009

The Borough Council benefit from an advanced CCTV recording and archive solution from Controlware.

Community Safety Manager for Runnymede Borough Council, David Dodd said: “CCTV is an important weapon to help combat crime and the fear of crime. Controlware has been on hand to support us every step of the way with this important project that provides advanced IP video management, control and recording of CCTV from cameras situated around the Borough.”

Runnymede Borough Council was awarded the Public Sector Security award 2009 presented by Government Business magazine at a ceremony at The Emirates Stadium in London.

This award is presented to the Local Authority or Central Government building/refurbishment project that considers security as a prime concern and enhances the safety of staff, residents and visitors to the building through the installation of CCTV, monitoring, access control or other innovative security system.

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Runnymede benefit from advanced CCTV recording from Controlware

Runnymede benefit from advanced CCTV recording from Controlware