Terrorist attacks in India have made security a top concern. "India has the maximum number of terrorist attacks these days, and we are focusing on homeland security," said Zaheer Ali, Director of Oriole India.
Vivek Bagri, founder of LiveDarshan, said, "The terrorists came in from the coastal areas, and the government has taken notice and are reinforcing those areas." Aside from the borders, public transportation, hospitality and national landmarks are being equipped with security.
Most users rely on mid-range products for protection. "Chinese products cater to the mass customers who are price conscious," Bharmal said.
IP systems are the minority, due to risk and cost. "People are paranoid about network systems because they are afraid they can be hacked," Ali said.
Indonesia is doing well economically. "Security is growing, especially because of a heightened awareness of terrorism," said Johan Haryanto, Director of Hotware Indonesia. "The government has allocated security funds for infrastructure protection, border control and ID protection."
Cities are the main users. "Smaller cities outside of Jakarta have not taken up security yet," said Michael Jip, MD for SMD. "The population is more than 200 million, but users for IP-based alarm systems will still take around three to five years to increase."
Analog dominates the market for now. "In another two years, IP-based systems will increase to 5 percent, with analog at 95 percent," Haryanto said.
Pakistan has strong demand for security. Naveed Ebrahim, CEO of AGN, said, "There has been a 200 percent increase in the last six months, and there are new players coming in frequently."
Asian products fare well in the Pakistani market. "Products in Pakistan are mostly imported from Taiwan and China because they are easily accessible," he said.
The presidential elections are taking place this month, which requires top security. "We are coordinating with the Philippines National Police to increase traffic control and surveillance," Zalsos said. Markets include city surveillance, financial institutions and ports.
Philipino environments require robust products. "The power supply in the Philippines is unstable, so products must have good electricity protectors, particularly for power-hungry cameras and DVRs," Albero said. "It is also hot and humid, so it is important to select equipment with extreme temperature protection."
Intensifying protests in Thailand have caused political unrest, affecting security players. "The tourism industry has plummeted," said Steve Harle, Deputy MD of ISS Security Services. Some international hotels have even closed.
People want to protect themselves and their assets. "Burglaries and theft continue to increase," said Vallop Kingchansilp, President of Thailand Chapter, Asian Professional Security Association.
In Vietnam, security needs are increasing for surveillance. "There is too big of a gap between the rich and the poor so crime rates are high," said Leo Wu, Vice Director of Trung Loi.
Top verticals include homes and factories. "Residential buildings all use smart card-based access control systems for main lobbies and elevators," Wu said.
IP uptake is increasing. "The 3-G network started in 2009 and Wi-Fi is more popular in Vietnam than anywhere else," said Wu. "IP is still growing, even with the economic recession."
Currently, 80 percent of cameras are analog, while 20 percent are network cameras. "The prices for megapixel cameras are coming down, so they are becoming more widely used," said Duc Thang Nguyen, Director of Thacotek.
For government and military projects, Japanese and European products are preferred. "Private companies and residents use Taiwanese and Korean products, while small businesses use Chinese products," Nguyen said.