Growing concerns about network infrastructure revealed in CCTV survey

Growing concerns about network infrastructure revealed in CCTV survey

The Middle East spent an average of US$3.6 million on CCTV surveillance systems and related infrastructure in their last financial year; 39% of surveyed organisations reported an average of 100 or more deployed CCTV cameras, according to new figures released by Juniper Networks at GITEX in Dubai.

The research highlights an increased focus on underlying network infrastructure to enhance CCTV performance capabilities. According to the results, surveyed organisations spent an average of US$2.6 million on network infrastructure and US$675,000 on network security in their last financial year. However, despite significant investments in network architecture, 73% of organisations surveyed said that current network performance fails to deliver key business requirements for effective CCTV. Some 75% voiced the same concerns around current network security capabilities.

• 44% of organisations surveyed said that their current network infrastructure cannot cope with collecting, storing and accessing CCTV footage.
• 53% stated that their current network is unable to support in-app analytics and real-time access to footage.

• 39% said that their current network does not support automated backup and recovery of the data collected by the CCTV system in place.

•43% of organisations surveyed also cited challenges related to network latency and resulting impaired quality of videos and images.

Furthermore, the research indicates a growing focus on designing and deploying performance-driven CCTV surveillance systems and infrastructure in the year ahead. Governments in the region are leading the charge on CCTV surveillance deployments to drive smart city safety initiatives and to improve traffic management and urban planning.

Some 60% of surveyed organisations reported plans to increase investments in CCTV surveillance systems and underlying network infrastructure in their next financial year. They also reported plans to increase investments in network infrastructure by an average of 8.7% in the year ahead to enable improved network security (59%), meet increasing customer demands and expectations for safety (43%) and deploy high performance surveillance infrastructure (41%). 24% also specified that Governance, Risk and Compliance concerns are a motivation for planned CCTV investments.

“The research commissioned by Juniper Networks outlines that while CCTV surveillance systems continue to be vitally important for organisations, they can only be as effective as the network that supports them. Not all networks are equal and organisations need to consider the nuances of their existing environment and business needs before investing in network architecture. Juniper believes that Self-Driving Networks are integral to helping organisations create the right foundation to enhance the performance and efficiency of mission-critical systems and associated applications, such as CCTV surveillance. Autonomous networks that are designed to not only enable economies of scale, but also adapt dynamically, will allow organisations to deploy infrastructure that is agile and ready to scale for the future.”
– Marcus Jewell, senior vice president and general manager EMEA for Juniper Networks