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What Lies Ahead for CCTV Systems?

Video security might look different in the future, but what is going to change? Will IP technology take over analog? Will we see new technologies emerge?

A recent Security Info Watch article, Gazing into the crystal ball: Video surveillance in 2020, got us thinking.

In their article, they talk about several predictions, summarized below:

  • Increased network capabilities
    As the global networking technology and connectivity improves, more devices and systems will inevitably migrate to ip-based solutions. Control, video-over-network quality, and general access to systems will improve.
  • Flexible mobility
    Mobile will continue to grow in market share, and flexibility of the video security industry will need to grow with it. It also introduces many challenges that manufacturers and integrators will have to overcome to be successful.
  • Adding value
    Value added services, such as improved video analysis using heat maps, etc, will prove increasingly valuable to the end user and should be considered now by providers.
  • Data storage
    DVRs will decline in use and give way to on-camera, network, and cloud based storage.
  • Leasing as an option
    Affordable leasing plans, coupled with other hosted services, such as video storage, is something to keep a look out for.
  • Across the board growth?
    Increased usage of security camera based video surveillance will be seen across the board. From public spaces such as train stations and airports, to healthcare, private users, and government applications, there will an increased number of watchful eyes out there. Laws dictating minimum resolution and quality in some instances is also coming.
  • What markets are important?
    Although saturated currently, the US and European markets will continue to be the most lucrative. The switch from analog to digital systems will create quite a lot of turmoil, pushing some players out and bringing in new ones. Other regions with robust network infrastructures will also receive market share.


We tend to agree that a more networked world is leading towards a much stronger IP based CCTV industry. Security of those systems, however, will also become more difficult to manage. This will call for additional expenses for manufacturers and integrators, including increased reliance on third-party storage solutions, software development teams, and digital security professionals. Unfortunately, this may translate into more expensive solutions in the short term. It will, however, potentially create whole new industries.

The market will become more saturated with low cost, low quality products, from cameras to management software, as well. While not affecting the high end market, the private consumer will be faced with a larger selection of hit-or-miss, lackluster solutions. Those companies focusing on quality consumer grade products will find it even harder to sell to their intended customer.

Storage will be an interesting topic. Will cloud-based video surveillance storage go mainstream? Government involvement could also be a major consideration. We also think bandwidth may be a bottleneck, but as more regions get high speed fiber-optic networks, maybe this won’t be as much of an issue.

Chime in

What are your thoughts about the future of video surveillance looking 10, 20, or 50 years out? Do we end up with analog systems still in place, will we be fully integrated with a global, cloud based network, or will we end up somewhere in between? Share your vision by commenting below.

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