This Frost & Sullivan research service titled Asia Pacific IP Video Surveillance Markets provides an in-depth analysis of the Asia Pacific IP surveillance market trends, technology, and forecasts by country. In this research, Frost & Sullivan's expert analysts thoroughly examine the following markets: IP/Network cameras, video servers, network video recorders, (NVRs), and IP software.
Improving IP and Camera Technology Makes a Case for IP Video Surveillance
Even though the lack of standards and prohibitive costs had restrained the uptake of IP video surveillance in the Asia Pacific in the past, technological improvements and the shortcomings of the closed circuit television (CCTV) have swung the market in favor of IP video surveillance in the last three to four years. The government (15.0 percent) and transportation (10.0 percent) sectors were the main revenue generators in 2007. Although IP/network video surveillance camera unit shipments and revenues are a small percentage of the overall video surveillance market, they are touted to replace most analog cameras by 2014. They are rapidly gaining in popularity as they encompass alert systems and automated software
that enhance the functionality of the surveillance systems. IP surveillance solutions provide greater convenience and much more value-added output than existing systems to help end users make informed decisions. The IP surveillance market will also benefit greatly from the current technology’s inability to offer real-time data. IP surveillance radically provides remote accessibility and allows users to access any video data (live or recorded) from any location in the world through network systems.
Meanwhile, the industry is also working toward mitigating existing issues in IP surveillance technology by developing a standard for the interface of network video products. "The main goal of this new standard is to facilitate the integration of various brands of network video equipment and to help manufacturers, software developers, and independent software vendors ensure product interoperability," says the industry analyst, Parul Oswal of this research. "A unified open standard will also offer end users greater flexibility of choice, enabling them to select products from different vendors in order to develop systems that fully meet their needs." The development of H.264 standard has made it possible to compress video and transmit more content through smaller bandwidth. Moreover, the trend toward megapixel cameras, which offer superior image quality and cover larger areas, bode well for the IP video surveillance market. The greater demand for megapixel, better compression, H.264 compression, and unified protocol in the field of IP/Network camera is likely to lead to a convergence of standards.
To back up these advances, IP surveillance systems manufacturers will have to lower the complexity in installation and implementation of surveillance systems. While market participants offer many customized solutions to suit the needs of the customers, the additional features will involve further costs, complicating the installation and implementation process. Some of the pressure from this challenge can be mitigated by training the IT department of the end-user company. "The IP surveillance systems require the IT department to work on integration with existing systems due to the requirement for a network facility for IP surveillance," notes the analyst. "They should also be trained on various aspects such as security precautions and quality of service, to ensure smooth implementation of the IP surveillance system."
Expert Frost & Sullivan analysts thoroughly examine the following market sectors in this research:
- IP/Network cameras
- Video servers
- Network video recorders
- IP software
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