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Things looking up for video surveillance market

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The global video surveillance market grew 16.4% in 2021 as restrictions on movement due to the COVID-19 pandemic eased, with shipments of cameras and related equipment growing as pent-up demand was served.

Data from a Novaira Insights report, “The world market for video surveillance hardware and software”, shows that there was also a shortage of components used for production of video surveillance equipment in 2021 and this led to higher prices for those components.

Many video surveillance equipment vendors were unable to absorb such cost increases and raised the prices of their own equipment. This dampened what would likely have been even higher unit shipment growth.

Lead analyst and Founder of Novaira Insights, Josh Woodhouse, said: “The global average price of a network camera increased by over 7% in 2021. This made 2021 the first year in which the global average price of a network camera increased rather than decreased. Furthermore, general inflationary pressures will force vendors to increase prices yet further in 2022 and 2023.”

2021 saw high growth in most regions. Where growth was lower such as in the Middle Eastern and Indian markets, this was due to lingering COVID-19 restrictions causing continued disruption to the normal business climate. Here, recovery from COVID has been delayed, leading to much higher growth forecast throughout 2022.

The gradual trend to using the cloud for video surveillance also continued in 2021, particularly in the Americas region where the market for cloud video management software exceeded $150 million.

Jon Cropley, Principal Analyst at Novaira Insights, added: “The United States has been quicker to adopt cloud for video surveillance than most other countries in the world. The cloud is often used for video surveillance systems there by both small organizations and by large organizations with distributed sites, each with a small number of cameras.”

The report forecast the number of cloud-connected surveillance cameras in the Americas will grow on average over twice as quickly as new network camera shipments between 2021 and 2026.

The global video surveillance market for hardware and software is forecast to grow at 11.7% in 2022 and will be worth an estimated $28.2 billion.

UK schools warned to take action ahead of summer crime spate

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Schools across the UK are being warned to take precautions amid fears of a rise in crime over the summer holidays as cost of living soars.

As many schools across the country prepare to close their doors for the summer holidays, specialist insurer Ecclesiastical says schools will be an attractive target for criminals over the coming months.

Ecclesiastical has reported an uptick in schools being targeted over the summer months including vandalism, arson, break-ins, smashed windows, theft of lead from roofs and stolen laptops. In April, The British School1 in Wotton-under-Edge had lead from the roof stolen for a second time in two years.

Now with Covid-19 restrictions lifted and against a challenging economic backdrop and soaring prices, there are worries there will be a large spike in criminal activity.

Faith Kitchen, customer segment director at Ecclesiastical Insurance, said: “Schools are far more vulnerable during the summer holidays when school buildings are closed and largely unoccupied, tempting opportunists. It is vital that schools take steps to protect their premises from unscrupulous offenders. There are a number of measures schools can take to better secure school property and assets, which would ideally be a combination of both physical and electronic protection. Fencing around the perimeter can often offer a good first line of defence against unwanted visitors, while CCTV can act as a visual deterrent for those not wanting to be caught on camera. We urge schools across the country take steps to protect themselves from criminals and follow our guidance.”

How to protect schools this summer  

  • Ensure CCTV systems have remote 24/7 monitoring services. Monitoring and alerting the police is far more effective than tracing criminals after a crime has taken place.
  • Install remotely monitored intruder alarms and change alarm security codes and passwords on a regular basis.
  • Install security lighting systems that have motion sensors to detect body movements.
  • Restrict access to school premises. Well-designed perimeter security such as walls, fences and electric securitygates, and anti-climb paint help to prevent people from getting onto school sites.
  • Restrict vehicular access to the school site. Locate any designated parking as far from the school building as possible. The further thieves have to travel on foot the greater the risk of detection.
  • Use security marking systems such as SmartWater which can help with successful prosecution of thieves.
  • Ask the local community near your school to be vigilant and report any unusual or suspicious activity they notice on school grounds.
  • Inform neighbourhood watch schemes / police liaison officers of planned work over the holidays as thieves might pose as contractors.
  • Seek advice. Specialist insurers can offer advice and expertise to help schools manage security risks. Insurers can offer a combination of onsite and remote risk management services including security assessments and advice, alongside broader property protection and building valuation services.

INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT: Prime Secure – The UK’s leading eco CCTV tower

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Prime Secure has launched the UK’s only 100% Eco-powered CCTV Tower featuring A.I. technology with 360°, 24/7 coverage.

Market-leading solar panels and wind turbine deliver true eco power. No battery swaps, top-ups, generators, methanol… just 24/7 operation with no hidden costs.

A 7m telescopic mast featuring four turret cameras and powerful A.I. features like virtual tripwires, intrusion area detection, false alarm filter, people counting, facial recognition, image search, and low-light technology.

The system boasts 360° coverage with deep learning capabilities allowing it to automatically adapt to its environment, minimising false activations, with a 5MP camera and 40m detection range. Voice box alarm, monitoring, and Prime Secure’s Priority Police Response ensure intrusions are dealt with quickly and effectively.

100% Eco-powered, 100% Effective
No other CCTV Tower offers 100% eco power, with A.I. capabilities, 360° coverage and 24/7 operation.

Powerful A.I. with Deep Learning
Deep learning A.I. technology learns from its environment.

Market-leading 5MP Camera
HD is 1920 x 1080 pixels, but 5MP is 2560 x 1920. The Eco Tower’s four turret cameras deliver clear, sharp images.

24/7 Recording with Live View
Record all day long, and dial in with our dedicated app so you can check up on your site whenever you like.

40m Detection Range
Four turret cameras provide 360° protection.


Virtual Tripwires
Our software allows us to draw virtual tripwires, the crossing of which can trigger a series of actions like audio warnings and email alerts.

Low Light Technology
Ultra low light technology uses the ambient light from the moon to generate clear images at night.

Wide Dynamic Range
WDR technology is excellent for high contrast scenes, simultaneously balancing bright and shaded areas.

False Alarm Filter
Analysis is performed on detected behaviours or events, automatically filtering out false alarms introduced by animals, rustling leaves, bright lights, rain, snow, etc.

Smart Motion Detection
An advanced algorithm allows the system to differentiate between people and cars, and other objects and sends alarms only when a person or vehicle is detected.

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INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT: Hanwha Techwin video surveillance

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Hanwha Techwin is a global leader developing and manufacturing video surveillance solutions. With over 40 years of expertise and background gained in developing precision engineering, optical engineering, and image processing equipment, we supply an extensive range of open platform CCTV cameras that incorporate specialist analytics software suitable for small to enterprise solutions.

Wisenet ranges are available in the forms below:

  • Premium range featuring AI cameras
  • eXtreme performance high end with analytics
  • Quality entry level IP network cameras
  • Analogue High Definition (1080p)
  • Specialized Cameras for Challenging Conditions

Why Choose Wisenet?

  • We make our own chipset and lenses offering the best in class image processing technology
  • We lower the ‘Total Cost of Ownership’ by offering the lowest failure rates in the industry
  • Our wide range of innovative features built into the Wisenet cameras / camera integration with multiple on-board 3rd party analytics applications
  • Our unique video compression technology called WiseStream II can reduce data by up to 99%, when combined with H.265 compression. WiseStream is available on Wisenet Q, P and X series cameras.
  • The huge processing power of the open platform chipsets at the heart of Wisenet cameras
  • Offering a 5 year warranty to our STEP Partners
  • Full member of ONVIF since 2009 and has actively participated in activities such as forums to build industrial standardisation.

Do you specialise in CCTV? We want to hear from you!

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Each month on Security Briefing we’re shining the spotlight on a different part of the security market – and in October we’ll be focussing on CCTV solutions. It’s all part of our ‘Recommended’ editorial feature, designed to help security buyers find the best products and services available today. So, if you’re a supplier of CCTV solutions and would like to be included as part of this exciting new shop window, we’d love to hear from you – for more info, contact Clair Wyld on Here’s our full features list: Oct – CCTV Nov – Loss Prevention Solutions Dec – Drones

WEBINAR: Smart Buildings – Integrating Video Security, Sensors, and Access Control

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*Qualified attendees will receive a 10oz YETI mug*

Natively integrated Video, Environmental Sensors, and Access Control is the next step to delivering on our vision of becoming the operating system that powers modern buildings.

Join us in this webinar for a live demonstration of how seamlessly access control integrates with Verkada’s video security solution, providing users with real-time visibility into access-based events across their locations.

We’ll also introduce you to the SV11 Environmental Sensor: an all-in-one sensor for monitoring environmental changes across your facilities, and share how customers are already putting these powerful insights to use to improve site monitoring and operations. 

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WEBINAR: Smart Buildings – Integrating Video Security, Sensors, and Access Control

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Natively integrated Video, Environmental Sensors, and Access Control is the next step to delivering on Verkada’s vision of becoming the operating system that powers modern buildings.

Join us in this webinar for a live demonstration of how seamlessly access control integrates with Verkada’s video security solution, providing users with real-time visibility into access-based events across their locations.

We’ll also introduce you to the SV11 Environmental Sensor: an all-in-one sensor for monitoring environmental changes across your facilities and share how customers are already putting these powerful insights to use to improve site monitoring and operations.

As a token of appreciation, qualified attendees will receive a 10oz YETI Mug for joining.

Register Here

Hosted physical security adoption given ‘major boost’ by uptake in cloud

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New research into the impact of COVID-19 on physical security purchasing decisions has revealed a sharp increase in the necessity/urgency for businesses to adopt hosted video surveillance (VSaaS) and access control (ACaaS) solutions.

While 70% of 1000 senior decision makers in IT, security, FM and HR roles agree this to be the case, 78% also anticipate their organisations’ use of cloud technologies to increase in the future as a result of COVID-19.

The independent survey, commissioned by hosted security provider Morphean, revealed that over three-quarters (76%) of senior managers in UK, Germany and Sweden have increased their use of video conferencing (e.g. Microsoft Teams); 65% have increased their use of office applications (e.g. Microsoft 365); and 70% of those in the security sector are now strongly inclined towards cloud adoption.

51% say their company is currently using a cloud-based service for video surveillance (VSaaS) and/or access control (ACaaS). This is an increase of 3% over 2019 (48%) and broadly reflects projected growth in the physical security market from USD $93.5b in 2020 to USD $120.3b by 2025 at a CAGR of 5.2%. The accelerating adoption of hosted solutions is buoyed by its low cost set up, flexible scalability and demand for real-time and remote access to security data.

Analytics will drive adoption say 95%

For the security professional already working with cloud services, the growth in connected digital devices through the IoT is resulting in a growing appetite for physical security, such as network cameras, to enhance existing IT systems and assist business intelligence gathering. 95% agree that if an existing security system could deliver insights beyond security to assist decision making (i.e. occupancy or test and trace analytics), it would influence adoption.

82% say flexible and remote working will grow 

More flexibility in working locations is the benefit respondents are most likely to identify from moving business functions to the cloud (50%), followed by easier collaboration (44%); more cost-effective (44%); safer / better security (38%). 82% anticipate the levels/frequency of remote workers and flexible working in their organisations to be higher post-pandemic and in the longer term than they were pre-pandemic.

Security will need to be enhanced to facilitate greater flexibility in worker patterns. An access control solution which is linked to HR records, for example, can check the swipe of an access card against staff records. A staff member who is flagged as being on leave, absent or no longer employed will trigger an automated alert to the relevant personnel. Surveillance cameras also provide secondary authentication through visual clarification of an individual’s identity.

The ‘Landscape Report 2020/21: Hosted Security adoption in Europe is the third study of its kind by Morphean, and facilitates a better understanding of market trends with comparative data from 2018 and 2019. Other key findings revealed by the study include:

  • 78% anticipate organisational use of cloud technologies to increase in the future as a result of COVID-19. The security sector reflected a strong inclination towards cloud adoption (70%).
  • IT Services (52%) and Commercial Offices (49%) are the two sectors that anticipated the greatest degree of change in their organisation’s use of cloud technology.
  • 73% of managers believe their organisations are more inclined to adopt cloud as a result of their governments’ responses to COVID-19 – UK (74%), Germany (71%) and Sweden (73%).
  • 27% said physical security was optimised in their companies, a rise of 4% on 2019 (23%). The retail sector was least likely to say that physical security was optimised (19%).
  • VSaaS/ACaaS uptake shown to be more prevalent in Sweden with 59% already utilising such services, with 34% in UK and 31% in Germany considering it.

Rodrigue Zbinden, CEO of Morphean SA, said: “The results highlight a hosted physical security market that will see strong growth in 2021 as cloud applications are proven to deliver business continuity in challenging times. At the height of the lockdown, many business premises were unoccupied and potentially vulnerable, but remote monitoring and maintenance made possible by hosted security were a welcome advantage. We also saw a spike in demand for frictionless access control enabling a totally hands-free experience and negating the need for physical contact. Business leaders will now be considering the learnings from the past year and looking to apply them to boost productivity, streamline costs and make organisations more agile.

“For the physical security reseller, the study will demonstrate that hosted security solutions must play a major part in expanding their offering to a wiser customer base. Cloud-enabled physical security solutions represent an investment into improving securityand operations, a chance to forge new business relationships, and an opportunity to embrace future proof technologies in preparation for whatever challenges the future might hold.”

Easy-to-deploy thermal imaging camera systems for the fight against covid-19

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Keeping workers and customers safe from COVID-19 is an important goal for industry and government agencies during this pandemic. Most have already instituted some type of protective measure, whether it’s disinfecting equipment, encouraging hand washing, requiring six feet of distance between people, or any of the other recommendations for reducing risk.

These methods help businesses avoid unexpected shutdowns or loss of workforce due to illness. Unfortunately, none of these measures can prevent a sick person from entering a shop or building. FLIR thermal imaging cameras can be an important frontline solution by offering an easy, non-contact method of screening for elevated skin temperature.

Options for high-traffic areas

Entry screening with medical devices, such as thermometers, accurately measure body temperature but pose several challenges for high-traffic areas: individual temperature checks require time, proximity, personnel to use the device, and protective gear to keep workers and other customers safe. Thermal imaging cameras that measure skin temperature from a safe distance have less impact on throughput and serve as a preliminary screening, reducing the number of people who need direct checks with a thermometer. Only those people who appear to have an elevated skin temperature would need secondary screening with a medical device.

Building thermal into your workplace

FLIR Screen-EST™ cameras feature built-in temperature screening to measure the average skin

 temperature for people moving through your location. Based on this average, you can then see who appears to have a higher skin temperature. You can even set an audio or color alarm on the camera that will go off when the camera detects an above average temperature. From there, you will know who to check for a fever using a thermometer or other medical device.

Thermal cameras can’t diagnose fever or illness

It’s important to understand that no thermal camera can diagnose illness. They determine whether the person being screened has an above-normal skin temperature. This allows you to screen individuals quickly and determine who requires a secondary check with a medical device prior to entry.

FLIR has many resources to help you better understand thermal imaging for elevated skin temperature screening.

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Number of CCTV Cameras in the UK reaches 5.2 million

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The number of CCTV Cameras in the UK may be as many as 5.2 million, with 1 camera for every 13 people as the popularity of public surveillance, home CCTV and doorbell camera use increases.

That’s according to research, which says 96% of the total number of cameras in the UK are now operated by private businesses and homeowners.

“It won’t come as a shock to most people that the number of CCTV Cameras in the UK has hit a new high, driven mainly by residents installing home CCTV in the last year. The popularity of doorbell cameras is relentless”, said James Ritchey from CCTV installation company

Previously the number of cameras in the UK was estimated at 4.8 million, however it is now believed that this number has jumped to 5.2 million as the cost of technology comes down and the popularity of sub-£200 surveillance camera systems and doorbell cameras increases.

Anxiety over lockdown and the increase in mail order purchases has driven the use of DIY CCTV systems at home for monitoring and security purposes.

“The technology is getting much cheaper, and when we look at the number of doorbell cameras, DIY CCTV and Home CCTV systems being installed by homeowners currently, we think the numbers have risen much more than we previously thought”, said Ritchey.

There is no exact number available as to how many CCTV cameras there are, as a camera does not need to be officially registered – anyone can install CCTV to protect their property.

However, says it can predict with some accuracy that the number of CCTV cameras in London totals 691,000.

A survey in 2002 by writers Michael McCahill and Clive Norris predicted 1 camera for every 14 people, and in high density areas this rises to 1 in 11. However, 18 years later we know these figures are somewhat inaccurate. believes a figure of 1 for every 13 people is now a more acceptable average across UK cities.

Freedom of Information requests uncover that cameras operated by Local Authorities, Police and London Transport total 23,708 – which is just 3.4% of the total number in London. The remainder of CCTV cameras are operated by private businesses and homeowners totally over 96% – a number which is ever increasing.

Cities with the most CCTV Cameras in the UK:

  • 689,000 – London
  • 83,000 – Birmingham
  • 58,000 – Leeds
  • 46,000 – Glasgow
  • 43,000 – Sheffield
  • 39,000 – Manchester
  • 38,000 – Edinburgh
  • 36,000 – Liverpool
  • 33,000 – Bristol
  • 27,000 – Cardiff
  • 26,000 – Leicester
  • 25,000 – Coventry
  • 24,000 – Nottingham
  • 23,000 – Bradford
  • 22,000 – Belfast
  • 22,000 – Newcastle upon Tyne
  • 20,000 – Milton Keynes
  • 20,000 – Plymouth
  • 20,000 – Hull      
  • 20,000 – Wolverhampton

“These numbers may send shivers down the spine of those worried about state monitoring, however it appears that the Government controls less than 4% of the total CCTV cameras in the UK – most are just homeowners protecting their property”, added Ritchey.