Use of ‘Intelligent’ Network Cameras on the Rise


A report by IMS Research forecasts the video content analysis (VCA) penetration into network surveillance cameras will exceed 40 percent by 2012. The market research and consulting company also predicts network cameras will be the main hardware platform for embedded analytics.

The intelligent network camera market is forecasted to grow faster than the intelligent video encoder, embedded NVR and DVR markets up to 2012. IMS Research notes more vendors now offer VCA-embedded camera solutions and forecasts this trend to continue.

Global shipments of VCA embedded network cameras are expected to exceed 2.5 million units by 2012. However, this forecast assumes that more than 60 percent of the intelligent cameras will be embedded with only low-end analytics, such as camera tampering detection and system health checks.

“Network camera manufacturers are employing the latest technologies, such as H.264 compression, megapixel image sensors and VCA, to add value to their products to fight off commoditization,” says James McManus, an IMS Research analyst. “Within 5 years, a large number of cameras will enter the market with at least basic VCA functionality.”

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