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GDPR compliant facial recognition CCTV arrives in UK

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DVS has become the first UK electronic surveillance distributor to provide the Facewatch facial recognition crime deterrent system to its installer and reseller network.

Over the past 18 months, Facewatch has been successfully trialed across a range of retailers, with demand for the system as a deterrent to stop shop theft and violence in stores particularly high.

DVS says making Facewatch available through established UK reseller channels will ensure the product, training and support is provided at the highest level and a rapid roll out can be achieved.

Facewatch, which is sold as a licenced product, is GDPR compliant. The uploaded criminal data is the responsibility of Facewatch under a data sharing agreement, which has been signed by the user. 

Facewatch will be available to ‘approved’ installers who have been trained on both the practical setup of the cameras and aspects of managing and running the system.

“Facial recognition is being discussed within businesses and the wider world by those who understand that the best technologies can deter and prevent crime,” said Gavin Dunleavy, commercial director, DVS Ltd.

“Facewatch is the leading facial recognition solution with a focus on the retail sector and other verticals alike. With GDPR compliance and privacy controls built into the system the solution becomes powerful and legally deployable. Facewatch combines simple CCTV hardware with a secure cloud-based software solution, so accredited training and support is of the upmost importance for our installers to deliver this incredible solution. 

“We will be running training from our HQ initially then across the UK with a plan to have trained and accredited strategic partners in place throughout 2020.”

Nick Fisher, CEO Facewatch, said: “DVS are a perfect partner for us. They have a highly technical team; they are used to working with the very latest CCTV technology and have a great team on the road and at their HQ offering sales and technical support. 

“Facewatch is a sophisticated SAAS (software as a service) product that requires training and support and DVS have a well-established training team who will work with us to establish a network of approved Facewatch installers. Facewatch is supplied on licence and therefore creates a new recurring income stream for installers who will provide lifelong technical, product management and training support to their customers. We are very excited to announce DVS as our channel partner.”

Telent renews London traffic CCTV contract

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Telent has extended its CCTV maintenance contract with Transport for London (TfL) for an additional three-years.

Under the agreement, which telent has held since April 2015, it will continue to provide maintenance of more than 800 street-based CCTV cameras and associated Operator Interfaces in TfL’s control centre, offices and on London’s streets.

Telent will also restore, upgrade and install CCTV equipment across each of the 33 London Boroughs on TfL’s road network, acting as the eyes on the street for TfL. The contract extension will also reduce staff time for planning and inspection of the CCTV equipment.

Telent was initially awarded the contract following a competitive process, where it provided the best value offering, taking over from the long-serving incumbent who had been in place for over 10 years. The company says it demonstrated a collaborative and flexible approach towards TfL’s asset management in the bid, which has continued into the day-to-day collaborative relationships telent has built with TfL’s team. 

“Based on our exemplary performance and collaborative approach, TfL is consistently operating above target and we are absolutely delighted to have renewed the partnership until 2022,” said Adam Scriven, Account Director London Surface Communications at telent. “As telent continues to provide high-performance, ultra-reliable and extremely efficient services for TfL, it’s critical that we are able to do so cost-effectively and our proven experience in asset management and extending the life of current equipment is what makes us a long-term partner of choice for TfL.” 

Telent’s portfolio covers both overground and underground networks, with an extensive background in the design, equipment qualification and deployment of technologies to operate within a variety of specialised applications.

Other customers include Network Rail, Highways England’s, University of Exeter and the nuclear power plant Hinkley Point C.

Global physical security demand to reach $153 billion by 2026

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The global physical security market has been pegged at $78 billion in 2018, and is projected to reach $153 billion by 2026, equivalent to a CAGR of 11% between 2019 an d the end of the forecast period.

The study, conducted by Report Consultant, cites increasing demand for security measures against terrorist attacks and for controlling the business assets.

Secondary factors include increasing usage of IoT and the development of smart transportation systems to track the location of automobiles.

For the purposes of the research, Report Consultant describes physical security as measures designed to protect the property from any attacks and to cease unauthorised access – it’s clearly a broad term which includes CCTV surveillance, security guards, protective barriers, locks, access control protocols, security scanning, metal detection, etc, hence the large forecasted value.

Key global players highlighted in the report include Anixter International Inc. (U.S.), Cisco Systems, Inc. (U.S.), Tyco International PLC (Ireland), Bosch Security Systems, Inc. (Germany), ADT Corporation (U.S.), Genetec Inc. (Canada), Honeywell International, Inc. (U.S.), Pelco (U.S.), Stanley Security (U.S.) and Senstar Corporation (Canada).

Government pushes Secure by Default CCTV initiative

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The Surveillance Camera Commissioner has launched Secure by Default – minimum requirements for manufacturers of surveillance camera systems and components.

The government says the move is driven by the need to ensure the UK’s resilience against cyber security vulnerability, as well as to provide the best possible assurance that cameras are manufactured to minimum cyber secure requirements.

It says the minimum requirements are an important step forward for manufacturers, installers and users alike. Manufacturers self-certify their products as secure by default.

S.A.F.E systems were the first organisation to be awarded the mark. Dave Lawrie, Director, said: “Given the fact that our main focus is the provision, supply and installation of CCTV systems into licensed vehicles, secure by default is essential not only for driver and local authority confidence in our product and service, but for public confidence in the security of their data.”

Easy application process

Manufacturers can demonstrate they meet the minimum requirements by completing a self-certification form and submitting it to the Commissioner’s office for validation.

Lawrie added: “The application process was very straight forward, the majority of the questions asked were within our default design anyway so easy to answer, it was also very reassuring that any aspects which required further correspondence were not simply dismissed, but were actually followed up on to gain a greater understanding of our product. It was very professional.”

Organisations who are successful in their application will be issued with a certificate and Secure by Default certification mark from the Commissioner and will have their products listed on the Commissioner’s website.

To find out more about the Secure by Default certification, how to apply and which organisations have been awarded the certification mark visit the Commissioner’s website.

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.

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 Ian Jefferies on

Here are the areas we’ll be covering in 2019, month by month:

October – CCTV
November – Loss Prevention Solutions
December – Drones 

For more information on any of the above, contact Ian Jefferies on

Value of CCTV market to hit $23.3bn by 2025

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The global CCTV camera market is expected to expand at robust 12.7% CAGR in the years to 2025 to be worth $23.32bn.

That’s according to a report from Transparency Market Research, which says that the global CCTV camera market is seeing consolidation on account of players banking upon mergers and acquisitions to bolster their positions.

It says competition in the market is stiff on account of numerous hardware and software providers. Most of the prominent players are concentrating on unveiling upgraded and sophisticated systems.

The mushrooming modern retail outlets and a booming hospitality industry are also serving to provide a major impetus to the global market, in addition to continued progress in technology.

The research says the global CCTV camera market can be segmented depending upon the type of model, i.e. PTZ camera, box camera, dome camera, bullet camera, etc.

The dome camera leads the market and in 2016 its leading share came to about 45%. The segment is expected to grow at a healthy clip in the years ahead on account of further investments and technological progress.

Depending upon the type of technology, analog CCTV camera systems accounted for maximum market share in 2016. The other types of technology leveraged in the making of CCTV cameras are wireless CCTV systems, IP-based CCTV systems, and hybrid CCTV systems.

From a geographical standpoint, the global CCTV camera market is dominated by North America and Asia Pacific. Currently, the Asia Pacific market is being powered by China, which manufactures cheaper varieties of the product that are seeing widespread uptake.

India is another key market in the region vis-à-vis demand. As per the TMR report, the market in Asia Pacific will likely outpace all other regions in terms of growth rate by registering a CAGR of 14.6% from 2017 to 2025 to become worth $9.554bn by 2025.

North America is another prominent market which has been seeing soaring sales of CCTV cameras on account of a major thrust on public security. Terrorist attacks in the past and other security issues has resulted in enormous adoption of CCTV cameras for surveillance.

Other factors serving to boost the market in the region is the investments into research and development of better products with more sophisticated technologies. Regulatory policies too have supported the sales of CCTV cameras in the region. The market in North America is projected to clock a 10.2% CAGR in the forecast period.

Video pushes value of global physical security to $32bn

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The total value of world production of Physical Security products at factory gate prices in 2018 was $31.55bn, an increase of 8% in 2017.

That’s is an increase of approximately 1% over the Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 6.87% during the last 4 years, according to the latest data from ResearchandMarkets, which is forecasting the market will reach $51.38bn by 2023.

Of this, the world market for Video Surveillance products should grow at a CAGR of 13.43% to 2023.

The reason for this, says the firm, is the demand for AI Video Analytics that should gradually be taken up over the next 5 years and has the potential to add a further $2.3Bn to the video surveillance market in 2023.

AI Video Analytics will be the number one game changer over the next 10 years in the video surveillance business, influencing the growth of most products that make up the market.

In addition, the developed markets of North America and Europe are losing global market share to Asia and particularly China. This is expected to continue to at least the end of the decade, which Researchand Markets says is bad news for western manufacturers of Video surveillance products because they have failed to establish a solid business base and significant share in China – whilst two Chinese manufacturers have sales of more than $5 billion between them and now have the kind of scale that allows them to reduce prices to the levels that most western manufacturers can’t compete against.

VSaaS (Video Surveillance as a Service) has at last broken through the $1Bn barrier and is forecast to reach the $1.2Bn sales by the end of this year. Strong growth over the last 12 months has pushed hardware sales up by at least 50% and most forecasts predict demand will grow at a GAGR of 20% to 2023. There are a number of reasons for this, says ResearchandMarkets

The first is that the supply side has put more effort and investment into providing VSaaS and ACaaS (Access Control as a Service) services and technology have overcome many limitations and reduced service costs. At the same time, they are winning over system integrators to adopt cloud services and this has also provided a significant boost to growth.

Access Control is still a much smaller business than Video Surveillance and today is far less competitive, but the report says consolidation is creating a more competitive environment and with it comes the confidence to move forward and take up the challenge of embracing new technologies that will deliver better performing products necessary to continue cranking up demand.

ResearchandMarkets says that if manufacturers prefer to continue to be insular and proprietary, it will not be good news for continued growth, for traditional proprietary systems mean limited options for the customer and restricted possibilities for integration and scalability.

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Are care homes getting the full picture from CCTV?

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Last month, Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock signalled his backing for the use of CCTV safety monitoring in care homes. However, while this shift in policy has gained general approval, it also raises additional questions, not least regarding privacy.

The needs of vulnerable individuals of any age are complex and the vast proportion of care giving activity occurs within private spaces, including bathrooms and bedrooms. Is ubiquitous use of CCTV within both private and communal spaces, even at home, to be welcomed?

Helen Dempster, Chief Visionary Officer, Karantis360 recently explained to our sister title Care Briefing the importance of not only safeguarding but proactively improving VIP care within private spaces, both at home and within care facilities – Click here to read more

Attacks on IP-based CCTV on the rise

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Trend Micro says it blocked five million cyber-attack attempts against internet protocol (IP) cameras during a five month period, further highlighting the risks impacting IP-based surveillance devices.

7,000 anonymously aggregated IP cameras were analysed by Trend Micro, with 75% brute force login attempts, showing a clear pattern of malicious attackers targeting IP surveillance devices with malware, such as  Mirai variants.

“More verticals are seeking connected, AI-powered video surveillance applications causing a clear paradigm shift from a relatively closed-off network to a more interconnected network operated heavily by cloud-based technologies,” said Oscar Chang, executive vice-president and chief development officer for Trend Micro. 

“Due to this shift in the landscape, manufacturers and users must pay attention to the security of these IoT devices.”

Dr Steve Ma, vice-president of engineering, Brand Business Group for VIVOTEK, said: “While the industry has known about cyber-risks, manufacturers have been unable to properly address the risk without knowing the root cause and attack methods.”

Trend Micro has suggested a shared responsibility model for all parties involved in video surveillance to help mitigate the potential impact of IoT-based threats, involving manufacturers, service providers system integrators and end users, with complete end-to-end protection and risk awareness key to a secured video system. 

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Video surveillance system market to hit $96bn by 2024

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The global video surveillance system market has been valued at $40.37bn in 2018, and is expected to reach a value of $95.98 billion by 2024, equivalent to a CAGR of 15.53% over the forecast period.

A new report by ResearchandMarkets says use of video surveillance in business is growing significantly, owing to the increasing need for physical security, coupled with the use of cloud-based services for centralised data.

The firm says video surveillance is primarily adopted in manufacturing, banking & financial services, and transportation and retail industries.

This incorporation is higher in countries, such as the United States, the United Kingdom, China, and Brazil, owing to the large size of the concerned industries and higher awareness among consumers.

Globally, the drive to enhance the safety and security across different industries is adding to the market growth. With rapid developments in cloud computing and video surveillance software, the surveillance market has transformed, in comparison to the previous decade.

VSaaS has been increasing over the recent years, owing to the market penetration of IP camera sales. Significant factors, such as IT cost containment by major IT organizations, the emergence of data centers, and improving functionalities associated with centralized data, are aiding the VSaaS segment.

ResearchandMarkets say the growth of the video surveillance market is expected to be fueled by the introduction of new IP-based digital technologies, to detect and prevent undesirable behaviours, such as shoplifting, thefts, vandalism, and terror attacks.

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