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Top 7 IP Camera Surveillance Trends in 2013

Top 7 IP camera trends for 2013Having been in the business for more than the last 13 years, we figure we know a thing or two about a number of things: what’s likely to be a fad; which piece of high-tech is not quite mature enough for the marketplace, and which systems are coming into their own.

At this time of year, it’s always interesting to predict the big hitter developments in the industry. Here at Network Webcams, we offer our predictions of what’s hot and what’s not in video surveillance and IP cameras for 2013.

This is not just fun but pretty critical information. Many budgets are currently being squeezed to the max so it is very important to invest in the most cost-effective video surveillance equipment for the right business objectives, that’s NOT going to fall out of date as soon as it’s been purchased.

1. Focus on Integration of Security into Intelligent Buildings

This year will see a veritable boom in Intelligent Building Security where integrated security systems are built into the construction and fabric of the building at the architect’s drawing stage of development.

Intelligent buildings are all about making sure that environments are kept safe, responsive and effective to the needs of the end users. It means that a wider range of IT solutions can be accessed and coordinated through the IP camera hub.

No longer will CCTV systems be simply about intrusion, detection and recording. Now, video surveillance systems can be used to ensure public safety, aid incident management and situational awareness.

2. Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) Will Grow

This management system integrates video surveillance with alarms, sensors, etc. to create a centralised and unified system.

The benefits are outstanding and deserve a thorough investigation because of the enormous advantage of linking all security systems intelligently and replacing ‘out of the loop’ systems that can’t communicate with other machines.

3. Edge Recording Comes Into Its Own

This is the concept of taking audio/video from a camera, and storing it ‘at the edge’ of the Ethernet network. This means that the storage takes place on an SD card on the camera itself, with software and apps used to view the camera and its stored footage.

Done like this, the whole process of transporting information across a network to a centralised recording facility (such as a Network Video Recorder) can be eliminated or take place at a set time when the network is not busy. Good times!

4. Mobile Surveillance Early Seeds

New developments in mobile surveillance have meant that the free server app Milestone’s XProtect Mobile and its accompanying smartphone and tablet apps have opened up a new paradigm for surveillance and monitoring on-the-go.

In essence, your mobile device becomes an additional security camera which you can deploy at any time you want, with the footage being organised and stored in exactly the same way as footage from the fixed security cameras on your system.

The Push Video facility is especially interesting and we expect this to be big this year. Also, we anticipate that other VMS manufacturers to steal this idea. Or rather, adapt it for their own business objectives!

5. Telepresence Robots

Going beyond security, there will be a continued growth in the use of IP video outside of its security use for process monitoring, manufacturing, streaming webcams and telepresence.

Telepresence-robot makers are essentially bridging the gap between remote workers feeling alienated from the work environment and being present in the form of controllable, wheeled machines with two-way video and audio provided via an IP camera.

These mobile robots are controlled over wireless Internet connections that give remote workers a physical presence in the workplace. Check out this amazing video here.

6. IP Camera YouTube Explosions

Yes, it’s pretty inevitable really. Barely a day goes by these days without some kind of IP video footage broadcast on mainstream news outlets of some tomfoolery or ‘caught on camera’ incidents.

A veritable deluge of surveillance video shot with IP cameras will be appearing on YouTube and news around the world, whether humorous or as evidence of wrongdoing. You heard it here first!

7. IP Camera In The Cloud

It’s the answer to the nightmare scenario. You’ve got all the kit, the systems are integrated, people are trained and mobile but the fun-loving criminal decides to steal the entire kit so can’t be identified.

Fortunately, hosted video in the cloud is breaking through, whereby all the information is stored off-site. However this is not the break-out year for cloud-based IP camera processing. They will continue to grow steadily but the market is still a long way from maturation. We expect 2014 or 2015 to be the breakthrough years for cloud video surveillance.

As ever, we welcome your thoughts, disagreements, observations and corrections. There are bound to be some contentious inclusions and exclusions from our 2013 List of IP Camera Trends. Dive in, it would be great to hear your views on our Twitter, Google+ or Facebook or in the Comments section below.


Published on January 23rd, 2013 by Frank Crouwel

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