Video Security in 2015 and beyond
Written by Roger Lawrence, Video Security Product Manager at Sony Professional Solutions Europe
Last year saw numerous technologies established in the video security market. The sector excelled against expectations in 2014, with improved image resolution, enhanced performance, and infiltration across vertical markets topping the list of trends. With the capability of surveillance products growing year on year, 2015 is not going to disappoint. Here are some of the developments we can expect to see over the coming months.
The resolution revolution
Image resolution and quality will continue to be integral to the growth and performance of the video security market this year. Full HD resolution is established as the mainstream standard for high quality video surveillance, but 4K imaging, developing on the HD standard, will really take off. This ultra-high definition standard is rapidly becoming available without compromise on frame rate or light sensitivity, limitations synonymous with previous generations of high megapixel cameras. 4K will bring about a major improvement to the user experience, enabling wide areas to be monitored with fewer cameras, as users will be able to zoom in to ultra-high definition images.
Moving to the multi-dimensional
Additional visual enhancement technologies will play a significant role in shaping the market going forward. Increasingly, the demand for low-light sensitivity and infrared technology at HD resolution is being complimented by high performance image processing, to ensure image delivery is not compromised in dark and challenging light conditions. We will also see a greater uptake of multi-dimensional cameras, particularly 360 degree models, allowing users to maximise coverage levels with greater efficiency.
Creating a streamlined solution
Today’s video security solutions are much more streamlined than previous years. In 2015, we will see multiple security elements, such as CCTV, alarm systems and access control become integrated into wider infrastructures. Reflecting this, we will also see manufacturers and installers evolve to offer more unified solutions, comprising not only security, but also lighting, heating and ventilation. This will create a far more integrated environment, allowing users to control conditions and monitor occupied or high priority areas, whilst saving resources in unoccupied spaces.
Rise of the verticals
Vertical markets will be increasingly receptive to the opportunities offered by video surveillance systems than ever before this year. Hassle free migration to IP solutions will encourage users to make the transition from existing analogue systems to more streamlined IP alternatives. Adoption of video security solutions across education, healthcare, transport and retail will increase, with users impressed with sector specific benefits such as vandal proof and discreet camera models. Video security solutions are more flexible than ever before, but 2015 will see an uptake of more tailored solutions, as users look to protect their investment with solutions that meet sector specific requirements.
A geographical shift
Looking at the video security industry from a wider perspective, we will observe a geographical shift in terms of nations driving the market forward. Whilst Europe and North America will keep their hold as market leaders, the industry will pay more attention to the opportunities being explored in China. We expect that China will be actively seeking opportunities in the global marketplace, with a large proportion of research and development taking place in the territory. China will produce its own product portfolio, which will in turn make 2015 a highly competitive and exciting year for video security.