Intruder alarm and perimeter protection: major trends

Intruder alarm and perimeter protection: major trends
The global intruder alarm and perimeter security market is growing at a moderate pace, mostly because it is a mature sector of the physical security market that is heavily reliant on the movement in the industrial market. According to a recent report from Memoori, the world market for the sector reached US$6.62 billion in 2016 and growing at approximately 3.3 percent to 2022. This rate is slower than the video surveillance and access control market over the last 15 years.

However, new market reports suggest a change in this. Memoori, in a recent web post, pointed out that considerable development in new LED lighting systems in outdoor industrial complexes is aiding to boost demand for retrofitting new intruder alarm systems. Such lighting systems are being set up to reduce power consumption and the wireless networks being set up are also used for intruder security sensors.

The research firm added that video surveillance solutions are targeting perimeter defense solutions, especially in the enterprise market, citing the example of Axis Perimeter Defender that utilizes edge-based video analytics. More and more, such solutions are becoming an integral part of intruder alarms and perimeter protection market.

“The main driver for growth in the next 5 years will be the increase in investment in industrial complexes particularly in Asia and BRIC countries, advances in sensor technologies, wireless technology and radar; And also the integration with Video Surveillance, Access Control and outdoor lighting,” Memoori said.

Progress in sensor technology such as Long Range (SLR) and passive infrared (PIR) detectors will help demand for intruder alarms. Another technology that will further entry into perimeter security is Radar technology. Memoori pointed to three companies that specialize in this business - Blighter Surveillance Systems and Navtech Radar respectively based in Cambridge and Oxford, UK and Thermal Imaging Radar based in the USA.

Perimeter security has become a crucial aspect for critical infrastructure such as utilities, transportation, government and defense establishments due to the rising numbers of threats that could interfere with their operations and possibly cause heavy economic losses.

The importance of strong perimeter security systems backed by early warning systems were highlighted during some of the recent protests that were seen at nuclear power sites and border protection. Due to this, most perimeter security solutions will be a combination of video surveillance, access control and intrusion detection systems – followed by better lighting.

“The growth of new LED lighting systems in industrial complexes across the globe will also help to pull through demand for both retrofitting existing installations and installing new Perimeter Protection systems,” Memoori said. “It is important for Intruder Alarm manufacturers to closely examine the growing influence of lighting and its control particularly as wireless technology is a strong component of growth for both services.”

The combination of lighting and intrusion detection systems could pave way for a more economical solution. Moreover, integrating video surveillance and access control systems could result in a change in the consumer behavior when it comes to purchasing perimeter protection and intruder alarms systems. This, in turn, necessitates manufacturers to rethink their product strategy along such lines.

To conclude, Memoori suggested that although the growth of intrusion alarms and perimeter protection has remained slower than video surveillance and access control in the last 15 years, the demand for total integrated solutions and the advancements towards Internet of Things (IoT) will steady its expansion in the next five years. 

Check Memoori's full report about "Major trends in the intruder alarm and perimeter protection markets."
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