Video becoming a bigger part of perimeter security deployments

Trend driven by demand to lower false alarms, provide real-time data to personnel in the field


New research from IHS has found that video surveillance cameras and analytics are increasingly being used in perimeter security applications. According to a recent report published by the market research firm, the global market for intelligent devices in perimeter security applications is forecast to top $200 million in 2013.

“Historically, sensors have been the primary means of detection for perimeter security applications,” Blake Kozak, senior analyst for access control, fire and security at IHS Inc., said in a statement. “In recent years; however, there has been a growing trend for cameras and analytics to be used in addition to sensors on a perimeter. The perimeter security industry has always been based on layers, so the addition of video only reinforces this ideology. “

In fact, Kozak said that video, especially video analytics have the fastest growing segment of the perimeter security market since before 2010. Prior to this, the vast majority of perimeter security solutions provided detection without verification or identification of the threat.

Identification of potential intruders is now one of the most talked about trends in perimeter security, according to Kozak, and is being driven by the demand to lower false alarms and provide personnel in the field with accurate, real-time information. Despite the increase use of video analytics, Kozak said that the perimeter security industry will continue to use multiple layers of detection.

“Analytics has improved since its introduction to the market but false alarms continue to plague end users and programming/ adjusting the analytics remains hands-on for the installer/ integrator,” Kozak added. “Additionally, the environment plays a large role in the accuracy of the solution. Very crowded areas do not work well for analytics, while sterile areas with fewer crowds helps improve performance.”