It is a curious time in which we live, if for no other reason than that of the seeming incongruity between our collective quality of life and the very real dangers we all know to exist around us. In terms of technological advances, medical knowledge, and overall quality of life, there has scarcely been a more enviable time in which to be alive in the Western World.
However, much of what renders this era so favorably remarkable has also contributed to the generating of certain pervasive vulnerabilities. Foremost in that regard is a sense of complacency which is not wholly without precedent; advanced civilizations tend to produce comfortable citizenries, regardless of the risks such comfort engenders.
With the aforementioned incongruity front of mind, exploring video surveillance trends for 2016 will doubtless inhabit a rather pronounced contextual framework. After all, much of the security enjoyed by populations around the world is ensured by the simple ability to monitor borders, high-risk targets of one sort or another, and crucial installations upon which civic infrastructure is wholly dependent (power plants, water treatment facilities, et cetera).
Video surveillance trends for 2016 channel and reflect much of that otherwise negligible concern the American public does allow for in its daily considerations of potential threats and the like.
Public school and college campus safety are arguably the leading and most generally agreed upon priorities in the national consciousness, at least where physical security is concerned. Similarly, large population centers, shopping malls, corporate facilities, and mass transit hubs are widely acknowledged as being prone to attack or disruption of one sort or another.
Many of the video surveillance trends for 2016 have intuitively manifested in direct response to considerations of this sort. Listed below are 2016’s foremost surveillance trends as they pertain to prevailing risks.
Video Surveillance Trends To Watch
1. Growth—Yes, demand for video surveillance in the respective public and private sectors has been on the rise and is poised to continue as such throughout 2016. Though a number of geographic/regional factors need to be weighed accordingly, the overall worldwide video surveillance demand is expected to increase by 7% this year alone. The calculation is somewhat complex to firmly boil down, as demand stems from both a perceived need and from the accessibility/affordability of viable surveillance technology. Furthermore, as demand rises competition between providers heightens, which often bodes well for the consumer and/or end-user, thus contributing still further to demand. In any event, the industry is poised for considerable growth throughout the year and is deserving of attention for that very reason.
2. Omnidirectional Cameras—While hardly new to the surveillance scene, omnidirectional cameras are recently enjoying heightened popularity and will see (so to speak) that popularity manifest in the form of greater sales during the months and years ahead. The concept is fairly straightforward: omnidirectional surveillance eliminates the temporary blind spots created by a pan-tilt-zoom model as their lenses are designed to take in a single broad, panoramic view. Of course, the omnidirectional camera carries with it a steep price tag in relation to its PTX counterparts, but the growing marketplace demand may eventually move that price downwards to some extent.
3. “Smart” Surveillance—Innumerable camera surveillance systems are now IP-based, as opposed to the traditional analog version, and their capabilities have grown in ways both predictable and surprising. Firstly, an analytical readout is easily achievable by way of the IP-based model, which renders understandable much of what the system detects, thereby rendering such detections immediately actionable. Furthermore, and perhaps broader in its potential application, is the integration of IP-based surveillance with the network tools of which it is a part.
Provided the proper device framework is in place, so-called “smart” surveillance may be able to afford those for whom it is surveilling real-time responses and alerts to, for example, video manipulation or circumvention, whether successful or merely attempted. In other words, the intelligently integrated surveillance camera may in effect be nominally aware of the technical ecosystem in which it resides, thus rendering it tacitly cognizant of its proper functionality.
Video surveillance is a fixture within the security industry and is poised to experience increased prevalence around the globe in 2016 and well beyond. As schools, campuses, public forums, office buildings, and transportation centers continue to explore responsible means of rendering themselves more secure, the role of video surveillance is bound to become more central to the process than is already the case. Trends such as those discussed herein offer a strong sense as to how that central role will ultimately take shape in the not-too-distant future.
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