Large Ethernet switch manufacturers have traditionally tailored their products to cater for general information technology (IT) needs. However, this could change as new, fast-growing markets provide Ethernet switch manufacturers the opportunity to diversify.
The latest data from IHS shows that 606 000 Ethernet switches were sold for use in video surveillance deployments in 2013. This represents a small proportion of the overall Ethernet switch market right now. However, some 1.6 million switches are forecast to be sold into the video surveillance market in 2018, representing a far more significant proportion of the total market. These findings are presented in a report that analyses the opportunities for infrastructure and Ethernet switch providers in video surveillance. IHS estimates that 24 port switches are the most widely used in video surveillance applications.
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