Having seen steady growth between 2015 and 2019, the electronic security systems and access control market experienced a sharp contraction in 2020 caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. With prospects for recovery looking good, Neil Baldwin, managing director of leading security products supplier, ESP, looks at why now is an ideal time for their CCTV range revamp.
According to the 7th edition of the Electronic Security Systems and Admission Control Market Report – UK 2021-25, the market for electronic security products and services has been growing steadily between 2015 and 2019, before a sharp contraction in 2020 caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on the construction sector and on economic activity more generally.
The report describes the UK electronic security market as mature, especially in the non-residential sector, in terms of the proportion of premises that have some form of security equipment installed. This means that demand for replacement and upgrades is the key feature of the market and accounts for the majority of end-user sales.
Technology driving the market
Technological developments have driven the replacement market, with heavy expenditure on R&D a key characteristic of the market. Leading technological trends include improvements in image quality, thermal imaging, artificial intelligence (AI), deep-learning analytics for CCTV, cloud-based solutions for video management systems, and facial recognition and other biometrics for access control.
The Covid-19 pandemic has generated further development of specific applications such as management of crowd density and touchless access control.
Following the downturn in 2020, the prospects for recovery in the electronic security market are good. Services are likely to be the fastest growing area of the market. The increased numbers of CCTV cameras and electronic access control hardware devices, higher image quality, and the retention of larger quantities of footage for analytic purposes, will combine to create increased data storage requirements, generating a rise in demand for cloud-based data hosting services to reduce capital expenditure on in-house servers and software.
ESP – investing to stay ahead
Whilst the last 12 months have been a time of uncertainty and upheaval for many, we are in the fortunate position to have been able to continue to make significant investments in the business. New products, additional support services and new team members within sales, technical and customer service departments, have all been introduced as the company experiences continued growth.
The latest product category to come under development is CCTV, with a revamp of the RekorHD 2MP CCTV range. Available in kit form, Rekor HD provides all the elements required to get a system up and running in one box – making it popular with installers because of the convenience, whilst offering wholesalers the advantage of ease of ordering and stocking. The only additional item required is a monitor to access the menu and system display.
Easy set up CCTV systems
The systems have been designed with ease of set up as a key feature, including the option for remote monitoring via smartphone or tablet, using ESP’s specially developed ESP View APP.
The revamped range introduces new and improved cameras, which feature contemporary styling and robust metal housings. The infrared capture has been increased from 20 to 30 meters and the range now includes intelligent function, with perimeter intrusion detection and line crossing detection offering improved functionality compared with the traditional motion detection feature.
The new Rekor HD kits include a stylish 4-channel DVR, pre-installed premium surveillance hard drive, cameras, camera cables, system power supply, mouse and HDMI cable. The menu is designed to be very user-friendly and is navigated via mouse control.
There are a number of kit options available, including 2 or 4 camera kits, with the cameras offered in either a bullet or dome style and available in a white or grey finish. This brings a total of 8 different Rekor HD CCTV Kits available. The cameras can be purchased separately to extend the system if required.
Features and benefits include:
- HD 2MP resolution viewing and recording
- 2MP, day/night (30 meter infrared), IP66 weatherproof cameras with metal housing
- H.265 video compression for efficient storage
- Pre-installed surveillance hard drive
- Remote monitoring via APP (Android / IOS) or PC, with no additional fees or subscription required
- Continuous, scheduled and motion record modes
- USB backup for evidence transfer
- Mouse driven user menu
Before and after service support for the system is available through our highly experienced UK technical support team.
As we look forward to continued recovery in the security market, we see the launch of the revamped RekorHD range – with its wealth of features and benefits – as ideally timed to help satisfy the growing demand from customers and contractors for a wide range of quality, value for money CCTV applications.