Surveillance is an incredibly topical issue, as touched upon in our recent blog posts. According to research by the IHS, the surveillance market is growing at a rate of over 19% each year with people today becoming far more surveillance-savvy. With these large figures forecasted we look into the benefits surveillance has to offer and the alternate uses.
It is certainly questionable as to whether surveillance is perceived solely as a security solution. Rather there is a focus towards what can be achieved with the control that surveillance offers, this is arguably a much more palatable concept. Surveillance can play far more of a crucial role in the ecosystem of the home or office with its ability provide real-time footage. Businesses have long used surveillance, but beyond the retailer, offices can start to use it as a health and safety, HR, or operations tool such as allowing access control, rather than ‘security’.
Not to take anything away from the security aspect; in fact, the installation of surveillance devices contributes to safety and acts as a valuable deterrent enabling home and business owners to protect what’s important to them. Some European countries may even consider tax breaks or lower insurance premiums for properties with installed cameras in the next few years, given their potential impact on reducing crime or helping law enforcement to solve crime faster.
With multiple uses for surveillance in society and our everyday lives, consumer and community attitudes are gradually changing in favour of surveillance, as the figures forecasted by IHS would suggest.