Watch for more mass notification, thermal in 2011Written by Jennifer Brown 08 October 2010
Technologies such as mass notification, thermal cameras, video analytics and edge/distributed recording are just a few areas in the security industry that have been slow to come to maturity but are now taking off and will be trends to watch for next year.
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During the Anixter Showcase held in Edmonton Sept. 30, presenters from Axis Communications and Anixter talked about the areas that will experience the most growth in 2011.
“Mass notification is rapidly gaining traction,” said Paul Freer, outside sales enterprise cabling and security solutions with Anixter Canada. “It was a $400 million (U.S.) North American market in 2007 and is projected to grow 17 per cent to 2013.”
Freer says, by far, government is the largest vertical, with corporations second and education the smallest segment, but showing the highest expected growth rate.
Mass notification is a big undertaking for an organization as it can incorporate fire alarm, access control, audio and video surveillance.
Freer also talked about the growing demand for edge/distributed recording which involved taking audio and video from a camera and storing it at the edge of the network. The edge is defined as the end point or first point of access to the network.
“Edge storage is similar to PC versus mainframe,” said Freer. “Cameras are now being introduced with 500 GB on board storage.”
PC-based and embedded DVRs can also be used. “These have large storage capacities,” he added.
The idea is that only pre-alarm alarm information would actually be transmitted back to the centralized system, the rest of the information would stay at the edge of the network.
PSIM, or Physical Security Information Management, may also finally come into its own, said Freer. It is the integration of various security systems into a single command and control interface — one interface with access to all security systems. But this is largely an enterprise-level application.
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