Video Surveillance Statistics Directory Vol 2

Author: John Honovich, Published on Mar 18, 2012

In this report, we aggregate and present numerous statistics about how surveillance is being used in the real world. Recently, we conducted an in depth survey of 100 integrators around the world, asking them a variety of detailed questions. 

We learned a lot and our PRO members had very positive feedback to the program. Next month, we are starting a third series asking a new round of questions. Before we go there, this report catches up on the questions and statistics we have generated in the last few months.

Let's start with an interesting statistic:

Megapixel Usage

The market is moving to megapixel but how much megapixel is being used compared to SD? We asked 100 integrators, of all the IP cameras that they recently deployed, what percentage of them were megapixel. The histogram below breaks down their answers:

Two interesting elements stand out:

  • The 'u' shape of the curve: Integrators are divided on megapixel use, with most either using all megapixel or hardly none at all. This is the opposite of a 'normal' curve one might expect where there is a consensus of a 'right' amount in the middle.
  • Majority Megapixel: Despite the abnormal curve, the average integrator in the survey deploys megapixel for more than 60% of their overall IP cameras, showing how mainstream megapixel has now become.

For more details on this topic, see our SD vs Megapixel statistics review.

Statistics

The following statistics are aggregated in this directory:

This Spring, we will do a new round of statistics and will expand our surveys to end users. Watch for it in late April.

Get Video Surveillance News In Your Inbox
Get Video Surveillance News In Your Inbox

Video Surveillance / Access Control Integration

The chart below shows overall integrator usage:

As the chart demonstrates, video / access integration is overall quite rare in the industry. The results indicate that only 10 - 15% of all systems are integrated.

However, the more cameras a deployment has the more likely they are to integrate video and access. The chart below shows a great disparity in integrators who rarely integrate these systems:

Read the full report on video surveillance / access control integration.

PoE: Switch vs Midspan

Here is a visual breakdown of PoE preferences:

An overwhelming majority of respondents (86%) preferred PoE switches to midspans. This is not surprising, as past discussions have indicated preferences for PoE switches, as well.

Read the full note on using switches vs midspans for PoE power.

Favorite Hard Drive Manufacturers

Here is a visual breakdown of the top choices for hard drives:

Read the full note on favorite hard drive manufacturers for surveillance.

Favorite Network Switches for Surveillance

Here is a visual breakdown of the top choices:

Read the full note on favorite network switches for surveillance.

Subcontractor User

Across all integrators, subcontractor usage was mixed. Overall, a slight majority of integrators used subcontractors infrequently.

However, integrators specializing in small jobs overwhelmingly (more than 2/3rds) infrequently used subcontractors. The results were the opposite for integrators specializing in large projects with more than 2/3rds regularly using subcontractors.

Read the full note on surveillance subcontractor user.

Mobile App Usage in Surveillance

The following chart shows overall mobile app usage:

Larger camera count systems are far less likely to use mobile apps than smaller ones. The trend is pronounced. See here:

Read the full note on mobile app usage in surveillance.

Favorite Surveillance Storage Manufacturers

In the most fragmented results so far, integrators answered with 35 unique responses to their favorite provider of storage for surveillance (contrast this with results from questions such as favorite camera or VMS, where leaders had much stronger showings.). These results varied from use of on-board storage provided by DVRs and NVRs, through NAS options, to large SAN systems. However, a few responses stood out.

Read the full report on favorite surveillance storage manufacturers.

Favorite Surveillance Storage Type

Here is the breakdown of the results:

Read the full report on favorite surveillance storage type.

Wireless Usage

The histogram below provides a visual overview of how integrator's wireless usage varied:

As the 'L' shape indicates, overwhelmingly, integrators use almost no wireless. About 20% of them use wireless between 5% and 25%, signaling that more advanced integrators use wireless as a niche option. The smaller bars on the right hand side indicate that a small number of integrators are wireless surveillance specilists. 

Next, let's look at a number of key wireless metrics:

Read the full note on wireless usage in surveillance.

Hard Drive Failure Statistics

Here is a breakdown of integrator's experience with hard drive duration:

Read the full note on hard drive failure statistics.

UPS Deployment Statistics

The table shows the responses:

Read the full note on UPS deployment statistics.

PTZ Usage Statistics

To start, let's look at a histogram below which breaks down results by the frequency of integrator responses - the taller the bar, the more integrators who deploy that percentage of PTZ cameras.

The graph has an overall "L" shape showing that most integrators deploy a quite small percentage of PTZ cameras. However, the bumps near 25%, 50% and 75% show that a small number of integrators deploy heavy amounts of PTZs.

Now, let's take a look at 3 metrics for understanding PTZ adoption:

Read the full note on PTZ usage statistics.

RAID / Storage Redundancy Statistics

The table belows shows RAID usage in video surveillance:

Here we break down usage by integrator. As the table shows, integrators were fairly evenly split in how often they used RAID:

Read the full note on RAID / storage redundancy statistics.

Comments : PRO Members only. Login. or Join.

Related Reports

Axis Guardian - Cloud VMS for Alarm Companies on Jun 19, 2018
Axis has struggled to deliver a cloud-based managed service video platform. Video service providers have utilized AVHS for over a decade, and have...
July 2018 IP Networking Course on Jun 16, 2018
The last chance to save $50 on registration is this Thursday, June 21st. Register now and save. This is the only networking course designed...
The Dumb Ones: PSA's Bozeman On Cybersecurity on Jun 15, 2018
The smart ones are the hundred people who flew to Denver and spent $500+ on a 1.5-day conference featuring Dahua as a 'cyber responsible partner',...
Axis Releases First New Access Controller In 5 Years (A1601) on Jun 15, 2018
It has been 5 years since Axis 2013 entry in the physical access control market, with the A1001 (IPVM test). Now, Axis has released its second...
Four Major Outdoor Camera Install Problems on Jun 14, 2018
Over 140 integrators told us the top four camera installation mistakes that lead to unexpected problems and failures. Their comments often...
Access Control - Time & Attendance, Mustering and Mantraps Guide on Jun 13, 2018
Electronic access offers features that traditional mechanical locks cannot. While these features may not be as fundamental as keeping doors secure,...
ReconaSense - The AI / Access Control / Analytics / IoT / Video Company Profile on Jun 12, 2018
One company's ISC West booth stood out for displaying a light-up tower of buzzwords. The company, ReconaSense, pledged to be 'making sense of it...
The Benefits of An Access Control Test Door on Jun 08, 2018
Security system dealers can benefit from having their own access control test door both for demonstrations and training. Inside, we explain the...
Worst Features for Camera Installation (Statistics) on Jun 07, 2018
4 clear worst features for installing were identified by 140+ integrator respondents to: What feature(s) make a camera hard to install? The...
Remove Dahua and Hikvision Gov Installs Required By US House Bill Ban on Jun 06, 2018
The final released US House Bill HR 5515 verifies that it not only prohibits the purchasing of Dahua and Hikvision products, it requires removing...

Most Recent Industry Reports

IFSEC Show Report - Live From London on Jun 19, 2018
IPVM is live from London reporting on the IFSEC show. The Chinese have taken over the UK, centered on Hikvision, flanked by Dahua, Huawei and a...
Axis Guardian - Cloud VMS for Alarm Companies on Jun 19, 2018
Axis has struggled to deliver a cloud-based managed service video platform. Video service providers have utilized AVHS for over a decade, and have...
IPVM Vulnerability Scanner Released on Jun 18, 2018
IPVM is proud to announce video surveillance's first and only cybersecurity vulnerability scanner. This tool allows quickly and simply...
Hikvision Corrects False Cybersecurity Announcement on Jun 18, 2018
Hikvision has corrected a false cybersecurity announcement that claimed a British government-sponsored program endorsed the cybersecurity of...
July 2018 IP Networking Course on Jun 16, 2018
The last chance to save $50 on registration is this Thursday, June 21st. Register now and save. This is the only networking course designed...
The Dumb Ones: PSA's Bozeman On Cybersecurity on Jun 15, 2018
The smart ones are the hundred people who flew to Denver and spent $500+ on a 1.5-day conference featuring Dahua as a 'cyber responsible partner',...
Amazon Ring Launches $10 Monthly Professional Alarm Monitoring on Jun 15, 2018
Amazon's Ring has announced an alarm system with 24/7 professional alarm monitoring for $10 per month, a fraction of the $30+ per month traditional...
Axis Releases First New Access Controller In 5 Years (A1601) on Jun 15, 2018
It has been 5 years since Axis 2013 entry in the physical access control market, with the A1001 (IPVM test). Now, Axis has released its second...
Hikvision 12MP Fisheye Camera Tested (DS-2CD63C2F-IV) on Jun 14, 2018
Hikvision's DS-2CD63C2F-IV is their flagship panoramic camera, with a 12MP imager, 15m integrated IR, smart codec, and more. We tested the 63C2 in...
Four Major Outdoor Camera Install Problems on Jun 14, 2018
Over 140 integrators told us the top four camera installation mistakes that lead to unexpected problems and failures. Their comments often...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact