Top 5 perimeter intrusion brands: 2022 reader survey
Top 5 perimeter intrusion brands: 2022 reader survey conducted a reader survey earlier this year to better understand the perimeter security market landscape and determine what users prioritize in terms of features. A total of 133 respondents (security industry channel players) completed the perimeter detection portion of the poll.

Top 5 perimeter intrusion brands: 2022 reader survey

Date: 2022/06/20
Source: Prasanth Aby Thomas, Consultant Editor and Emily Lin
Perimeter security, which refers to systems and technologies that mitigate risk by deterring, delaying and detecting unauthorized intrusion breaches is a crucial part of any security solution built to protect people and property. Modern perimeter intruder detection (PID) solutions have come a long way from their initial days, leveraging the power of video surveillance with AI and video analytics. conducted a reader survey earlier this year to better understand the perimeter security market landscape and determine what users prioritize in terms of features. A total of 133 respondents (security industry channel players) completed the perimeter detection portion of the poll.
The survey posed three open-ended questions:
  • Which 3-5 perimeter intrusion detection brands come first to mind and would recommend to your peers?
  • Which features made each of these perimeter security brands your top choice?
  • If you can give manufacturers a wish list, which services/features are lacking or need improvement?

Survey methodology and demographics>>

Question 1 – Top 5 major brands in perimeter protection

Our reader survey shows that the top 5 companies in perimeter intrusion are: Hikvision Digital Technology, Axis Communications, Dahua Technology, Bosch Security and Senstar. Notable mentions include Optex, Honeywell, Avigilon, DSC, and Hanwha Techwin.
2022 reader survey:
Top 5 perimeter intrusion brands
Hikvision Digital Technology 21%
Axis Communications 18%
Dahua Technology 16%
Bosch Security 13%
Senstar 12%
With growing perimeter security threats, demand for multi-layered perimeter protection has increased. We can see that the top names on the list pretty much encompasses companies that offer integrated technologies from video surveillance, PID, alarms, access control, video analytics to intelligent video management solutions. Out of the brands named, it seems only two are primarily focused on perimeter security — Senstar, an established industry name in perimeter intrusion detection products and Digital Security Controls (DSC), a Canadian intrusion brand under the Tyco International banner that offers IP alarm monitoring products and wireless panels.

Top 5 perimeter security brand product portfolio:

Question 2 – Key product features for perimeter intrusion

Top 5 priorities for readers: Accuracy > Features > Quality > User-friendly interface > Integration

Surprise, surprise (or maybe not), “price” didn’t make the top of the list. The top reason cited by respondents (17%) for ranking the above companies as their top brands was “detection accuracy.”
  • “Low false alarms.”
  • “Great detection accuracy.”
  • “Able to accurately determine animals vs. humans. Great detection ability and coverage range.”
  • “Dahua distinguishes between vehicles and people very well and uses it even in the lowest segment product.”

Key product features for readers include software and analytics, zoning and LiDAR.

Using AI-based software, smart searches and video analytics for perimeter security can be beneficial for detecting intrusion, loitering as well as outdoor-optimized object tracking.
  • “The analytics for the detection of person & vehicles. Avigilon was the first one.
  • “Automatically detects, classifies, geolocates, tracks and alarms only on objects of interest.”
Easy integration with VMS, other platforms or open software and being “hardware agnostic” was another important consideration for survey respondents.
The ability to configure different zones with different detection rules and accurate real-time notification of perimeter security breaches are seen as huge benefits for end users and operators.
  • “Zoning, 2D plane detection.”
  • “Ease of setting areas up and giving the end-user monitoring ability.”
  • “Sounds alert immediately and sends a signal across to secure channels.”
  • “Alarm forwarding feature to any control room.”
One of the most popular technologies for perimeter security in 2022, LiDAR use has grown in popularity with users taking advantage of its edge (in certain aspects) over cameras, radar and sensors. 
  • “LiDAR is most impressive to me.”
  • ​​“Industry proven solution and interesting new technology using LiDAR sensors.”
Also of interest are comments citing improved performance in low-light conditions and bad weathers as considerations for the ranking.
  • Hikvision and FLIR are incorporated in thermal cameras to perform better in low-light environments.”
  • “Works in all lighting condition on colour and thermal cameras.”

Question 3: Most wanted features for perimeter intrusion

Readers are asking for improvements in: Features > Accuracy > Price > Integration > AI

As some of you might have guessed, “price” did rank highly here — albeit behind calls for features and better accuracy. Respondents are asking for “Costos mas acsesibles” (more affordable costs) as they continue to contend with rising perimeter intrusion system costs – hardware, installation, infrastructure (power and communications), accessories (poles, brackets, etc.), security management software, and maintenance.
When it came to most wished-for perimeter security feature improvements, feedback ranged from improved object detection accuracy at greater distances…
  • “Longer detection range.”
  • “Stronger sensor.”
  • “WDR and low light sensitivity + resolution.”
  • “Better perimeter protection, animal detection. No false alarm even during bad weather.”
  • “Better situational awareness, better ‘case management.’”
…to features that would support real-time monitoring of remote sites.
  • “The ability to trigger alarms from your mobile phone and improved range. Also, two-way communication for intrusion deterrence.”
  • “Mobile notification in perimeter intrusion, face detection, all integrated to provide alerts.”
Another strong feedback from the 2022 reader survey are requests for better integration with third-party perimeter intrusion detection systems: an open platform approach for a more robust, secure solution.
  • “High-level integration architecture with 3rd party products.”
  • “Integration with more CCTV companies and XML transaction.”
With regards to technology, respondents are keen to explore AI use in perimeter security – using video analytics to help lower false alarm occurrence and verify suspicious behavior.
  • “More AI behavior analysis.”
  • “I would like them to switch to artificial intelligence cameras or sensors.”
  • “AI analytics.”
There were also a number of mentions for connectivity as an area for improvement. As one respondent said, “In perimeter detection, connectivity and energy are always issues.” Ideas from them include:
  • “Development of wireless transmission systems powered by solar cells.”
  • “Ability to be powered by POE, perhaps.”


Hikvision’s presence in the market continues to remain strong, but other companies are close. This is a segment that could see more development in the use of AI-based technology, and going forward, companies may attempt to take more advantage of intelligent algorithms.

Enabling better performance in varying weather and outdoor conditions may be one of the most important factors to focus on. Better integration and connectivity with mobile applications would also be necessary. Finally, given the outdoor nature of these solutions, providing an option to use solar energy could go a long way in making things easier for customers.
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