Internet protocol (IP) video surveillance systems are becoming more prevalent with new standards that will make IP equipment easier to integrate, while producing clearer images, says a report by Research and Markets.
The report—Video Surveillance: Analog and IP Cameras, DVRs, NVRs, Analytics, Semiconductor and Technology—says the video surveillance equipment market is slow to change, but change is occurring. In addition, IP systems are becoming more prevalent with new standards that will make IP equipment easier to integrate, which H.264, and higher, resolution image sensors are driving improvements in video quality, the report says.
After a slight downturn during 2009 because of the worldwide economic condition, global sales of video surveillance equipment are expected to return to the market status it had in 2008-along with a more optimistic look for the future, the report says.
Revenue from analog cameras, IP cameras, DVR/NVR, and IP encoders will approach $15 billion in 2014, driving new semiconductor opportunity along with it, according to “In-Stat,” a market research firm. Research and Markets’ report includes In-Stats’ analysis of the worldwide market, and an overview of the technical background that drives video surveillance equipment.
With the growth in surveillance equipment shipments, movement toward higher resolutions, and higher attach rates for video analytics, the semiconductor revenue for the video surveillance segment will be stable, but misleading, says Michelle Abraham, the report’s principal analyst. The decline of average selling prices for commodity components is hiding upsides in sensors, video and analytics processors, and security and encryption processors.
The surveillance equipment market is quite fractured combining the integrated circuit (IC), systems and software offerings of 2,530 large companies, with the products of hundreds of smaller firms, the report says. The market is still in flux as vendors try to determine standards that will help interface components and software to one another. To sell their specific components, companies are offering fully integrated systems that are blurring the differences among components.
In addition, governments have affected the regional consumption of video surveillance systems because agencies—which are large purchasers of surveillance equipment—tend to employ local equipment companies as a way to benefit local economies, the report says.