Audio/Visual Integrators Moving into Video SurveillanceBy: John Honovich, Published on Oct 07, 2009
IT integrators are not the only ones interested in a piece of the video surveillance market. Given that Audio/Visual integrator's projects tend to use similar technologies to video surveillance, the interest is natural.
A/V projects frequently include digital signage, videoconferencing, and command-and-control facilities. At least one analyst estimates the North American AV Market alone to be $25 Billion USD [link no longer available] (though it sounds high to me).
A recent survey article from an AV magazine examined the issues in AV integrators moving into video surveillance [link no longer available]. Key points mentioned include:
- Nearly 2/3rds of AV integrators offer security products.
- An estimated 18.3% of AV integrators revenue comes from video surveillance projects
- Almost 25% of AV integrators are concerned about too much local competition from security integrators
- Over 50% of reported video surveillance projects by A/V integrators were in schools, hospitals and government facilities