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IP Perspective



P Perspective Your guide to IP security trends in Ireland

r guide to IP security trends in Ireland

IP Perspective is a new column that looks at IP technology trends and the IP industry in Ireland.


Gordon Smith is Managing Director of GVD | making IP easy

banner.indd 1 National IP Video Surveillance Survey – “66.7% of Security Installers will use more IP cameras & IP equipment in 2010”

The CCTV industry has been migrating to digital video surveillance over IP networks for the past four years. This is continuing to grow as was established from the first ever ‘National IP Video Surveillance Survey’ carried out in early January 2010 by GVD Ltd. This found that 66.7% of security installers who responded deployed IP cameras in over 25% of all security installations completed in 2009. In other words, two thirds of security installers have used IP video surveillance in over a quarter of all the security installations carried out in 2009, thus making IP video surveillance a significant portion of the security installation market. The overwhelming biggest single advantage of IP is seen to be Higher Quality Megapixel Images according to 63.9% of respondents. The next biggest advantage is the Ease of Installation and Wireless connectivity according to 16.7% of respondents and 13.9% responded with ease of Systems Integration. These results provide interesting food for thought within the security industry and confirm the increasing popularity and deployment of IP security solutions systems in place of analogue CCTV systems.

Increase in IP based security tenders – have you embraced IP yet?

There has been a marked increase in the number of public tenders and private tenders specifying IP based solutions. Due to the fit out of buildings with state of the art IT networks, it makes sense to install IP security systems utilising the IT network infrastructure. Tender writers are realising this. However, it is widely recognised that security tenders are not always clearly written with the consequence that the

"... 80% of CCTV footage is unusable for prosecution due to lower quality output from older camera systems ... " best solutions are not getting installed leading to frustrations for both security installers and customers. Education in IP networking and IP video surveillance for specifiers of security tenders is seen as vital by the wider security industry to ensure the correct security solution is installed to the satisfaction of customers. Hand in hand with this, more and more CCTV installers are embracing IP security solutions and are availing of training courses to acquire the necessary knowledge to compete for IP based tenders.

Increase criminal prosecution with megapixel quality

One of the reasons why tenders are specifiying IP security solutions is 18

that the types of cameras associated with IP video surveillance offer higher resolution because they are based on megapixel technology. Megapixel offers a high quality image, which is superior to all analogue CCTV cameras. Footage captured on a 1.3 or megapixel camera will be three to four times the quality of the best analogue camera. There are also 2, 3 and 5 megapixel options available for the right solution. We’ve all seen the variation in surveillance footage on RTE’s CrimeCall programme making it sometimes impossible to identify criminals. With megapixel images, identification and the resulting criminal prosecution become more successful, due to the quality of footage which can be used as evidence in prosecution. No statistics are available for the amount of CCTV footage that is unusable in Ireland for prosecution purposes, but in the UK, the Home Office estimates that 80% of CCTV footage is unusable due to lower quality output from older camera systems. Banks, Post Offices, Retail Outlets and Gardai Crime Prevention Officers are increasingly specifying megapixel cameras to successfully identify criminals.

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With fuel prices on the rise there is set to be a further increase in the number of drive aways at petrol forecourts. To combat this, a new license plate recognition (LPR) analytics and video surveillance system has been configured using Milestone & IQinVision cameras. If a car drives off without paying, the license plate data is captured & fed to the monitoring station, where the license plate data

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