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2016 Global Security Needs and Plug-And-Play Perceptions

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Welcome to the follow-up to IFSEC Global’s most popular ever


Video Surveillance: Market Trends and Expectations, which we published in 2015, provided a snapshot of the systems installed around the world, the factors underpinning procurement decisions and how control rooms used their CCTV systems. Based on another survey of hundreds of heads of security, control-room operators, facilities managers and others involved in the operation or procurement of surveillance systems, this 2016 trend report seeks to answer four questions:

  1. What are the security needs of surveillance systems as shaped by the physical environment – including challenges like low- light conditions or large spaces – and the threats posed in various sectors (ie, to people, data and assets)?
  2. Which cutting-edge features – such as mobile access, PTZ smart controls or 4K resolution – are most important to security professionals (somewhat influenced by the demands revealed in point 1)?

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  1. What are the most important factors driving upgrades to surveillance systems (such as a change in security needs or growing revenues)?[pic 16]
  2. What do security professionals think about plug-and-play systems? For example, do they believe they are suited to multi-site surveillance and would they be more interested in modular systems?

The report, which also touches on the enduring appeal of analogue systems, is interspersed with commentary from plug-and-play pioneer IDIS and comments from survey respondents.

The survey was completed by security professionals with various levels of authority, in organisations ranging in size from sub-50 employees to more than 1,000, in a variety of verticals from around the world (though the UK accounted for the largest proportion).

IDIS is a global security company that designs, develops, manufactures and delivers surveillance solutions for a wide range of commercial and public sector markets. Headquartered in Korea and operating across 40 countries and 100-plus strategic partners, IDIS is a world-leading surveillance solution provider with an annual turnover of $450 million across all holdings, with more than

1.9 million recorders installed worldwide and more than 15 million cameras utilising IDIS technology. n


Requirements as shaped by sector/environment

Respondents were asked about what they needed to achieve with their video surveillance systems and one thing becomes quickly apparent in their response: most organisations have multiple demands that many older surveillance systems would struggle to meet.

For example, more than half need cameras that can perform effectively in large spaces, deliver usable images in low-light conditions, capture fine details (“enough to verify and recognise – not necessarily to identify

– people”, said one) or generate quality footage at long distances.

Asked to tick as many needs that applied the security professionals polled most frequently chose surveillance in darkness or dim light (71%), followed closely by surveillance of large spaces (68%). At least one of people, assets or confidential data were deemed to be at significant risk in around three-quarters (74%) of organisations and all three at risk in one in five (20%).

Confidential data was – unsurprisingly – a greater source of concern in the IT/digital tech/cyber security and finance industries. Across both industries 54% of respondents saw data breaches as a major risk

compared to 36% overall for other sectors. With cyber hacks in a range of industries a regular media story, it’s to be expected that the overall figure should be so high, at 39%.

“Proactive surveillance is increasingly required:

video analytics, multi-site transmission to central command centre, efficient ways of optimising storage and increasing footage retention periods.”[pic 18]

Kenya-based security professional

Surveillance in darkness or dim light (little or no lighting) is required[pic 19]

Surveillance of large spaces is required

Need to capture fine details (eg, facial features or tiny object at long distances)

Assets are at high risk

Surveillance at long distances is required

People are at high risk

Confidential data is at high risk

Terror threat is substantial


Other recent research revealed that surveillance systems themselves are highly vulnerable to network breaches. Conducted by cloud-based surveillance company Cloudview the study found that both traditional DVR-based systems and cloud-based systems were vulnerable to the cyber threat. Security flaws could allow hackers to hijack connections to the device’s IP address, warned the researchers, putting people, property and data at risk and potentially leaving operators in breach of data protection laws.

In the wake of recent terror attacks in Paris, Istanbul and Brussels the threat from terrorists was perceived to pose an appreciable risk to about a third (32%) of businesses and organisations, with the proportion in transport and utilities naturally being rather higher at 52%.

Other technical needs specified  included:

  • “Image clarity that is evidential quality with security markers to prevent evidential tampering”
  • “Integrity of stored CCTV data and ease of search”

Other information furnished on the surveillance environment:

  • One respondent said their system had to operate in an environment with no internet or even mains power
  • “We use the cameras to provide images of a road network, to back up data from weather stations installed for predicting ice on the road network”
  • We deploy CCTV in “a ‘safe city’ project”
  • “Cameras and DVRs [are] on board vehicles”
  • “Surveillance systems are connected with police department in every region or with every police station in that area”
  • “Surveillance of remote sites in fields”
  • Several respondents serve “Mainly HNWI [High Net-Worth Individuals] and their families, residences and properties”
  • “In the financial industry there is always risk to assets and people. However, the risks are mitigated with branch design and training”

One respondent said that their system had to operate in an environment with

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Most important features/functions for operational needs

Respondents were asked to pick precisely five features from 13 options that were most important in meeting their specific security needs.



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