City Surveillance Market to More Than Double by 2017
Did you know that the global market for electronic security equipment for city surveillance applications is predicted to more than double in size from 2012 to 2017? In fact, by 2017, wireless infrastructure and CCTV and video surveillance equipment will amount to just over $3.2 billion, up from $1.4 billion in 2012.
According to IMS Research, now a part of IHS Inc., this doubling is due to the adoption of mobile technologies in metropolitan areas to more efficiently deal with threats.
Because the main goal is crime reduction, city surveillance is a key tool for police departments to manage metropolitan center locations, enabling police to access video surveillance feeds from mobile command centers when responding to an incident. This allows the police to coordinate efficient, quick responses to any event.
“City video surveillance systems have a key requirement to provide clear, useable images so that police departments can conduct effective investigations when needed,” said Paul Bremner, market analyst for Safe Cities and Security Services at IHS. “If the video surveillance system can’t do that, then it is failing in its primary purpose.”
Another key tool offered by video surveillance applications is mobility. The ability to push video streams out to various individuals and organizations within a city has increased.
“For cities, the focus has shifted from basic surveillance needs toward mobile surveillance,” Bremner continued. “Emerging technology can send the video to police officers on the street, streaming that video directly to the smartphones or laptops in their patrol cars. Such mobile surveillance technology will act as a force multiplier for the officers on the ground.”
Be sure to check out the full IHS report entitled “Vertical Insights – Video Surveillance and Security in City Surveillance – World – 2013 Edition,” that combines feedback from end users, integrators and consultants working within the city surveillance market.