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BSIA to launch UK video surveillance report

by Andy Clutton

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) will launch a research report into the video surveillance market in the United Kingdom at IFSEC International at London’s ExCeL Centre on 18 May.

The report titled ‘The Bigger Picture’ is an update to the BSIA’s research report of 2013, ‘The Picture is Not Clear’ and has been produced for the BSIA by research and advisory company Anekanta Consulting. It extends much further than the original report covering the number, type and use of video surveillance cameras in the UK.

A selection of headlines will be revealed at the BSIA stand (IF2850) at IFSEC including:

  • Total number of professional video surveillance cameras in use in the UK
  • The public vs private sector ratio
  • Use of video surveillance cameras as a data source
  • Adoption of AI and facial recognition software

The full report includes a detailed analysis of the types of cameras used and for what purpose, cloud storage trends and a study of end user applications and future trends across 11 sectors including retail, transportation and CNI.

Mike Reddington, Chief Executive, BSIA, said: “The need for video surveillance cameras continues to grow at an accelerated rate due to the ever-present threat of terrorism in public places and an increasing desire by the private sector to improve the safety and wellbeing of employees in the workplace. The threat of criminal damage and theft in the commercial sectors also remain consistent drivers for more video surveillance cameras.”

Ben Linklater, Video Surveillance Systems Chairman, BSIA, said: “The purpose and use of cameras are regularly brought into the spotlight, raising questions about whether video surveillance cameras are used in a legal and ethical manner and whether their use is excessive or disproportionate to the risks identified. To answer these and other questions and to aid stakeholders (such as the BSIA) in developing guidance, it is imperative that the industry conducts bodies of work such as The Bigger Picture.”

Pauline Norstrom, CEO, Anekanta Consulting, said: “Cameras are increasingly used beyond security and this report provides information about their other uses and whether AI based technologies such as facial recognition, and object detection software enhance the benefit of the cameras.”

The full report will be available to BSIA Members only.

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