Megapixel network cameras to overtake market

Despite the emergence of HDcctv technologies, more than half of worldwide network camera shipments will be HD or megapixel by 2014.

Megapixel network cameras will account for more than half of all network cameras shipped by 2014, according to a new research report published by IMS Research. The report, entitled "The World Market for CCTV and Video Surveillance Equipment - 2010 Edition," also says that by 2014 worldwide shipments of HD and megapixel network security cameras will outnumber sales of HDcctv cameras 6 to 1.

When announcing the report's availability, IMS acknowledged recent developments of the HDcctv Alliance and commented on the influence it could have on the market's future. IMS stated, "Whilst a high proportion of new, enterprise-class projects are implementing network security, existing video surveillance installations, which are predominantly analog, still represent a majority of the installed base. It is this sector of the market which will be the most interesting in the coming years; will customers reuse their existing analog infrastructure and invest in HDcctv, transition to network cameras, or adopt a hybrid system? There appears to be little disagreement between protagonists of high-definition video surveillance that video surveillance systems are transitioning from analog video to networked systems. However, there is discord regarding the systme topology needed to achieve this. For customers looking to capture high-definition and megapixel video, this can be done using a pure network video solution or by using an HDcctv analog video surveillance solution that brings the data onto the network using an Ethernet-enabled DVR."

Report author and video surveillance research analyst Gary Wong said, "HDcctv cameras will not impact the uptake of IP cameras in the short term. Many large and well-known vendors of video surveillance equipment have already invested heavily in developing and marketing network security cameras. It is unlikely that these vendors will adjust their technology roadmaps and marketing messages to accommodate HDcctv products into their product portfolios in the near future.

"HDcctv may gain traction in the low and middle segments of the market," he continued. "These market segments are serviced by small, local and regional security systems installers who have generally been slow to embrace network security cameras. HDcctv allows installers to offer the benefits of HD to their customers without having to operate outside of their technical comfort zone."

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