WELLINGBOROUGH, United Kingdom—The market for wireless infrastructure used in video surveillance was estimated to be worth around $175 million in the Americas and the Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions combined in 2009, according to a new report from IMS Research. Additionally, both the EMEA and Americas markets are forecast to grow at a rate approaching 20 percent in 2010.
“The main advantage of wireless infrastructure over a wired network is fairly clear,” says IMS Research Senior Analyst Niall Jenkins. “Trenching and cabling over long distances can be expensive and wireless networks provide a cost-effective alternative. This is the main reason why the technology has done so well in the city surveillance market where cameras are required across a large area in locations which already have power but no network connection. Wireless infrastructure is an ideal solution.”
The commercial and transportation markets have seen some uptake in the use of wireless infrastructure, Jenkins says. However, in vertical markets such as banking and finance, there is a perception that the security system can be breached through the wireless network.
In an effort to gain a better understanding of the potential for wireless video surveillance in new vertical markets, IMS Research interviewed integrators and installers of wireless infrastructure used in video surveillance. Most subjects interviewed said that they see the potential for wireless infrastructure in the commercial, transportation and education markets, and, as they become more familiar with the technology, these markets will stimulate growth for wireless video surveillance equipment.
The November issue of SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION will feature a special focus on wireless access control, intrusion detection and video surveillance technologies.