Survey Reports Rise In European Security Spending

End users in Europe are reported a 3 percent in budgets for video surveillance systems while budgets for access control and security systems integration will jump about 2 percent over the next year.

The five year outlook for security spending also forecasts video surveillance budgets will increase more than 5 percent, and access control and security integration is expected to grow as much as 4 percent, according to a survey conducted by Frost and Sullivan.

The survey included 355 end users and channel partners planning to attend IFSEC.

Channel players include system integrators, consultants and distributors, and are more optimistic, anticipating an increase in video surveillance with budgets as high as 8 percent, systems integrations, 6 percent; and access control, 5 percent over the next year.

While these numbers are encouraging, manned guarding budgets will likely drop by about 1 percent over the next year in Europe.

Over the next two years, the analog market is expected to remain flat while the IP/network video surveillance market growing steadily. Twelve percent of respondents to the same survey said they were planning to install IP/network video solutions over the course of the year.

Video analytics also is set to experience strong new demand, through those taking the survey said this would likely pertain to larger organizations.

Respondents of the survey said the pace of IP systems will quicken this year, and in 2012, as security integrators were most positive about the trend; however, consultants, installers and distributors held the same opinion.

The survey showed that the decline in the analog market will be highest in large organizations with 50 percent reporting a reduction in spending.

Convergence between physical security and IP remains a strong topic for channel players, believing it will have the most impact on their businesses, though there are challenges, such as compatibility of different manufacturer’s products and lack of cross standard platforms, installation costs, lack of IT skills and knowledge.

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