Paul Thomen

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Surveillance and Security Equipment: Technologies and Global Markets


Study Goals And Objectives

This BCC Research report analyzes the burgeoning market for new technologies that are used in surveillance and security. In this report, surveillance is broadly construed and includes any type of “sensing,” and often recording, of people or property. The report is broken down by major individual country markets such as those in Western  Europe, North America and Asia/Pacific.

In most current applications, surveillance equipment is deployed for security purposes, that is, for the protection of people and property. The predominance of the security application is due to the fact that theft and fraud at American stores alone results in losses of approximately $45 billion per year. Based on one large survey covering nearly $3-million retail sector employees, in 2011 one in every 36 employees was apprehended for theft from his or her employer. But not all surveillance involves the security of people and property. Some of the surveillance techniques and equipment discussed in this report have been deployed for damage detection and structural health monitoring systems in aerospace, automotive, naval, civil or other applications.

What is measured in the report is the total demand for the surveillance equipment, by category of equipment. For example, the demand for video recording equipment, regardless of whether the monitoring is for people or things, is measured. Regarding equipment types, as long as the application is for surveillance, it is included in this report. Not covered, however, are non-surveillance applications of equipment. In the case of video recording, non-surveillance applications include ordinary consumer entertainment applications. Surveillance drones are not covered because the market is still in the nascent stage. However, drone surveillance is well worth keeping in mind as the Federal Aviation Administration expects that as many as 30,000 drones will be operating in U.S. airspace by 2020.

Examples of types of systems for which we measure market sales are video camera systems and security cameras, image surveillance and retrieval systems, video storage systems, VoIP surveillance and interception in law enforcement, electronic article surveillance (often carried out via anti-theft tags and RFID), automated remote home monitoring (via Internet), satellite GPS surveillance, traffic surveillance systems, and specialized surveillance sensors and detection devices, many of which are deployed to monitor property or equipment.

Reasons For Doing This Study And Its Importance

The advent of more sophisticated imaging devices, lower-cost video and enhancements in storage have been principal drivers of the overall surveillance market. For example, the video segment of the surveillance market alone has been growing by 10% or more per year.  Specialized segments to store video or any other surveillance data, such as data storage systems and network or cloud storage, have  been growing even faster.

In terms of market size, the total surveillance market has reached tens of billions of dollars in annual revenues. Revenue from sales of surveillance cameras, DVR/NVR, and IP encoders alone is now approximately $20 billion per year. In addition to the factors cited above, the market has been driven by cameras of higher quality and resolution with the ability to store data for longer periods of time. An additional market driver is the fact that surveillance video has become more valuable to the organization that deploys the technology beyond the traditional security uses because video can be used in liability mitigation, operations and marketing.

There is a broad range of companies operating in the surveillance business, and the report profiles 175 major entities. Some of these companies are in the developmental stage as they have pioneered key patented technology, for example in the area of data storage and data compression. Example companies include Samsung, SRI International, Nice Systems, Inc., Axis Communications, Mobotix and ADT Security

Contributions Of This Study And Intended Audience

With its broad scope and in-depth analyses by country, this study will prove to be a valuable resource, particularly for anyone involved with or interested in the future of surveillance and security markets. This study will be particularly useful for exporters, market strategists, researchers and any business professional involved with the development of the various security and surveillance markets. It will also be of value to potential investors and members of the general public interested in acquiring a business-oriented view of a key and very large sector of the economy. The projections, forecasts and trend analyses found in this report provide readers with the data and information necessary for decision-making.

Scope And Format Of Report

In preparing this report, an all-encompassing study of the surveillance equipment market was undertaken. Related areas such as the application of nanotechnology to sensors and the development of very large-scale storage databases were key to the analysis as well. These newer areas within the market—always a traditional focus of all BCC Research reports—foreshadow likely product developments in the years ahead. All major aspects of the surveillance market are addressed including identification of current and future technologies, products, market segments/end markets, and government and regulatory agencies. Participating companies are discussed in light of technological strengths and weaknesses, relative market share, marketing strengths and innovative marketing practices.

Methodology And Information Sources

Data for this study were collected using both primary and secondary data research techniques. A literature search was conducted covering business, trade and technical  documents as well as patents. Since many segments of the surveillance equipment market are not routinely measured, BCC derived estimates from a variety of sources.

Whenever market estimates are derived, those estimates are fully noted. All forecasts are in current (nominal) dollars, unadjusted for inflation.

Analyst Credentials

Research analyst Kevin Gainer holds both B.A. and M.A. degrees in quantitative economic analysis and forecasting and has 26 years of economic forecasting, industry intelligence and market research experience. He is the author of six published books and more than 100 magazine articles, technical papers, analyses and studies published in conference proceedings, including many prepared for intracompany use and therefore unpublished. He has worked as a Research Editor and Project Analyst at BCC Research since 1985, and has authored numerous BCC technology market research reports.

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The information developed in this report is intended to be as reliable as possible at the time of publication and of a professional nature. This information does not constitute managerial, legal or accounting advice, nor should it serve as a corporate policy guide, laboratory manual or an endorsement of any product, as much of the information is of a speculative in nature. The author assumes no responsibility for any loss or damage that might result from reliance on the reported information or from its use.

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