CCTV evolution

November 2013 CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring

IP technology is experiencing the highest growth at the moment because of higher quality imaging and scalability. End-users are becoming increasingly aware of the various benefits and medium- to long-term cost efficiencies associated with the use of IP CCTV technologies. This has prompted a shift from guard services to CCTV security systems that are considered to be more efficient and reliable. In future, network IP technology will emerge as the leading CCTV technology. Various factors will drive the IP technology market.

Sectors like retail, transportation and healthcare have immense potential to drive the growth of the CCTV market. Moreover, government initiatives in various countries are also expected to give a significant impetus to the market growth. Again, security management needs to be educated with the new technology so that they can understand the changes that are taking place in the CCTV market. Many end-users are now also falling into the trap of “cheapest is best”. There are some excellent products out there that are not leading brand names, but match the quality of the branded products. Cheap products use low quality CCD sensors resulting in low quality images.

If you care, consider for just one moment how your customer feels. They have a CCTV system installed by your company with products recommended by you. They have an incident and, due to the poor quality of images from both camera and recorder, the police have said that there is nothing they can do with the images from the new CCTV system.

For the next decade, the CCTV industry will change dramatically through better technologies. The IP camera technology will advance to such a stage that the camera will be a standalone NVR, recording images onto SD cards (these SD cards are now available as 64 GB and soon will be available as 120 GB cards). Wireless transmission will be at the forefront of transmission as transceivers bandwidths are getting faster. This will enable video to be transmitted to further distances. Another sector to look out for will be the growth in the residential CCTV market as this is an untapped market ready to explode.

Integration will drive the CCTV market to a higher level in the future. Intelligent video systems, access control, POS (point of sale), ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) integration will be the norm for the future. The future for the CCTV market looks exciting as technology evolves to a higher level.

Frank Street offers IP courses to help installers keep up with the technology. These courses start with the very basic IP to the advanced IP course.

For more information contact Frank Street, +27 (0)11 496 2300,,


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