Revealed: The Video Surveillance Report 2018

Event IFSEC International
Organiser Informa Markets
Event Date 12.07.2021
Press Release Date 12.11.2018

*52% of security professionals plan to adopt deep-learning video analytics*
*74% of end users still use some sort of analogue camera*
*Only 23% of security professionals report no loss of footage*

Video surveillance systems have long been an indispensable part of the security toolkit. But the way we use CCTV is evolving, and with new cyber threats and legislation changing the way security professionals use surveillance systems, it’s now more important than ever that camera technology is used effectively and appropriately.

To find out how the video surveillance sector has changed amid this environment, IFSEC Global has compiled the Video Surveillance Report 2018. Sponsored by IDIS, the report quizzed 243 video surveillance professionals on their experiences with innovations in network cameras and video surveillance systems, gauging the implications for the sector of new technology and developments in cybersecurity and privacy legislation. The study draws on the perspectives of a wide range of professionals, from installers and integrators to consultants and heads of security.

The report revealed some interesting data about the habits of video surveillance professionals, their upgrade plans, and their responses to new technologies and challenges.

For instance, the report found that almost 74% of end users still use some sort of analogue camera, despite the overarching trend towards adopting IP surveillance systems, which tend to provide a better image quality and enhanced video analytics. However, it did find that superior resolution and analytics are among the most important considerations when upgrading a camera network, although cost-effectiveness remains a critical issue for around a third of surveillance professionals.

Another critical issue over the last 12 months has been the introduction of GDPR, the European Union’s rules on data protection. This legislation has far-reaching implications, and the report reveals that around 82% of video surveillance professionals within the EU need to adopt a method such as privacy masking that make it easier for video surveillance systems to avoid falling foul of the regulations.

A spokesperson for IFSEC International, the world-class integrated security summit, explained, “The threats we face are changing at an alarming rate, and keeping pace with new legislation, best practice and the technologies needed to stay ahead of the game can take time. This pace of change runs the risk of creating a knowledge gap. This is exactly what IFSEC International aims to bridge with its seminal education programme, product demonstrations and face-to-face meetings between decision-makers and security suppliers.”

The report also found a greater uptake of innovative new systems for monitoring and analysing CCTV footage, including deep learning-powered techniques such as smarter facial recognition. 52% of professionals surveyed are planning to adopt a form of deep-learning video analytics, while 16% already have.

Video surveillance professionals have found that more intensive systems which improve data compression, video analytics and image resolution require more sophisticated video storage capabilities, and systems that can better avoid faults and critical failures. Loss of footage is revealed as a particularly pressing concern, with only 23% of security professionals reporting no loss of footage over the course of a year.

In addition, the report covers:

  • The availability of technical support
  • Installed base
  • Education on cybersecurity issues
  • VGA/HDMI video encoders
  • The risk of system failure
  • Data compression options
  • Wide area camera options

Download the full report now.

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IFSEC International is the world-class integrated security summit. The annual trade show welcomes high-level security professionals from 113 countries who come to source specialist security equipment across IT, cyber, perimeter protection, access control and more from over 500 leading suppliers. The summit includes a new calibre of educational content which drives and reflects on today’s most critical security issues. In a time where threats are becoming more diverse and complex due to rapidly developing technology, IFSEC connects the global security industry to the tools and knowledge required to combat ever-changing landscape.

IFSEC International 2019 takes place from the 18-20 June at ExCeL London.

IFSEC International is organised by UBM, which in June 2018 combined with Informa PLC to become a leading B2B information services group and the largest B2B Events organiser in the world.


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