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IFSEC launch for BSIA video surveillance market

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) will launch a research report into the UK video surveillance market, at IFSEC International at London’s ExCeL Centre on Wednesday, May 18, the middle day of the three-day show.

The report, titled ‘The Bigger Picture’ is an update to the BSIA’s research report of 2013, ‘The Picture is Not Clear’, which has been quoted by the trade and mainstream media worldwide. The 2022 report has been produced for the BSIA by the research and advisory company Anekanta Consulting. It extends further than the original report in terms of the number, type and use of video surveillance cameras in the UK. The launch at BSIA Stand (IF2850) will include:

Total number of professional video surveillance cameras in use in the UK;
The public versus private sector ratio;
Use of video surveillance cameras as a data source; and
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 comprehensive 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, is a former chair and honorary member of the association. She said: “Cameras are increasingly used beyond security and this report provides information about their other uses and whether Artificial Intelligence (AI) based technologies such as facial recognition, and object detection software enhance the benefit of the cameras.”

The report will be available to BSIA members only.

IFSEC 2022 runs at London Docklands from Tuesday to Thursday, May 17 to 19; register for a free ticket for entry at

Photo by Mark Rowe: CCTV signage, car park beside the Well of Leith, Edinburgh.


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