SECURITY CAMERAS SECURITY
30% GROWTH OF THE VIDEO SURVEILLANCE MARKET IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Gilles Ortega of Axis Communications
decoding is substantial, and there is also a certain degree of variability in results between manufacturers. “A number of vendors have even been moved to question how feasible some of the claims are surrounding what is currently possible,” says Hayfield.
“We are intending to remove the need for people to monitor 16, 32 or 1000 cameras, because we know that after one hour, someone monitoring 16 cameras will lose up to 90% of what’s happening.” Gilles Ortega, Axis Communications
Nevertheless, the potential savings offered by H.264 compression could help boost other parts of the video surveillance industry. “H.264 has been used in megapixel cameras which is a significant development, as it makes megapixel cameras a more compelling product,” says Hayfield.
CLEVER CAMERAS Adding to the interest in HD cameras is the ability to include intelligent video, or video content analysis (VCA). Intelligent video takes advantage of the additional
resolution offered by HD and computer processing power, and is tipped to be the next major innovation. “Video content analysis is perhaps the most compelling trend in video surveillance,” says Hayfield, estimating that VCA is likely to increase its market penetration from 2% in 2007 to as much as 40% by 2012. VCA can add features to cameras such as motion tracking, people counting, and sounding alarms when certain areas are entered. Automating parts of the video surveillance system so that users are not required to watch over cameras might seem counter-intuitive, but it actually enables people, often the weakest link in a system, to remain constantly effective.
REMOVING THE NEED FOR PEOPLE “We are intending to remove the need for people to monitor 16, 32 or 1000 cameras, because we all know that after one hour, someone monitoring 16 cameras will lose up to 90% of what is happening,” says Ortega. Having cameras that only activate when movement is detected can save on recording space, but also helps reduce the dulling effect caused by staring at several screens for long periods. Automatic people counting is another feature that can provide additional security and indentify possible threats. “It is useful in places like warehouses,” says Ortega. “You can use the system to count the number of people entering in the morning, and then check to see if the same amount exits in the evening.” Doing so can help alert security staff that there are still people in the warehouse, who could potentially be planning criminal activity.
Standardisation across the industry is improving
The boom in technology is also leading to an increase in standardisation. 2008 saw the establishment of the Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF) and the Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA). Both organisations are seeking to create a set of standards which will mean that all IP security devices will be interoperable. At this stage it is unclear as to which (if any) set of standards will become the market leader, with both ONVIF and PSIA having a range of large names supporting them. However, the eventual effect of the creation of industry standards should create even more growth and development within the video-surveillance market. “By having a single set of standards, manufacturers can spend more on innovation,” says Hayfield. With the Middle East probably the best place in the world for growth in the video-surveillance market for the next five years or so, it Is certain that the future of the market is going to be here in the region. The future is here already – and the rest of the world will be coming to the Gulf to see how it is done.
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Published on Apr 21, 2010