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South Africa’s network video surveillance equipment market surpasses analogue for first time

Josh Woodhouse, video surveillance analyst at IHS, writes…

With a video surveillance equipment market size of approximately $90 million, South Africa is the largest country level market in Africa and among the most technologically mature.

The data from IHS’ recently published report on the African market for video surveillance equipment shows that, in 2012, the transition from analogue to network equipment passed a milestone. For the first time, revenues from network equipment surpassed those generated by analogue.

The market transition will continue with an increasing proportion of future revenues coming from network equipment.

However, due to a combination of low economic growth, a weakening Rand and ongoing labour disputes in key vertical markets for video surveillance, we remain conservative about the current growth prospects for the video surveillance market in South Africa.

The size of South Africa’s network video surveillance equipment market surpassed the analogue market for the first time in 2012

The size of South Africa’s network video surveillance equipment market surpassed the analogue market for the first time in 2012

Single digit growth is forecast for 2013 and 2014.

Not the end of analogue

There remains a high installed base of analogue equipment in South Africa. Analogue equipment still accounts for the majority of unit shipments and, unlike other regional markets in Europe or North America, shipments are forecast to grow.

In certain vertical markets, analogue equipment is likely to remain the technology of choice. The residential sector is one such example: analogue equipment offers a low cost, easy-to-install solution and, each year, a high number of cameras are installed by small security professionals covering homes in South Africa.

It will be a challenge for network equipment vendors to convince these installers to switch to network video surveillance equipment.

In installations where cost is the most significant factor, the higher price of network equipment still means analogue is often preferred.

What’s the outlook?

The transition to network equipment in high value projects is having the most substantial effect on growth in the South African market.

Revenues from analogue equipment are forecast to remain broadly flat.

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Honeywell announces enhanced Pro-Watch Security Management System

The Pro-Watch® 4.1 Platform Adds Support for SALTO® Disconnected Readers and Mercury Security™ Standard Protocol Control Panels.

The latest version of the Pro-Watch Security Management System expands the added value services integrators can provide to their customers.

The Pro-Watch® 4.1 Security Management System adds support for SALTO® disconnected readers and Mercury Security™ control panels. These enhancements provide users with more options to extend access control to large and remote facilities.

“It’s not uncommon for organisations to have access control, video surveillance and intrusion systems from separate manufacturers,” said Luisa Aymet, product manager (EMEA) at Honeywell Security Group.

“Organisations are purchasing and expanding their security infrastructure as their business needs change. The Pro-Watch platform provides users a seamless way to connect their disparate security systems onto a single management system. Organisations have the flexibility to use or upgrade their existing security systems, and also expand those systems as their business grows.”

Solutions delivery at large and remote facilities

The integration of SALTO disconnected readers to the Pro-Watch platform expands the added value services integrators can deliver to their customers at large and remote facilities, such as healthcare and higher education institutions that typically have multiple buildings.

The addition of disconnected readers from SALTO to the Pro-Watch platform also complements the recent addition of wireless readers from IR Schlage®. These solutions extend electronic access control to areas that were previously cost prohibitive to reach, and give users access to the platform’s advanced reporting functions.

Pro-Watch 4.1 also adds support for Mercury Security’s standard protocol control panels. The addition gives integrators an easy path to migrate customers using third party access control solutions, supported by Mercury Security control panels, to the Pro-Watch platform.

Organsations have the option to keep or upgrade their existing access control hardware to Honeywell components, including readers and access cards. It’s a significant benefit for organisations connecting multiple sites or hundreds of doors to the platform because it reduces the cost and complexity of connecting disparate security systems to the Pro-Watch platform.

Users also gain access to the system’s advanced badging and reporting functions to pull real-time dynamic reports.

Availability in four editions

The Pro-Watch platform is available in four editions. These are as follows:

• Pro-Watch Enterprise Edition designed for global enterprises with multiple locations and security systems to manage
• Pro-Watch Corporate Edition is ideal for large organisations and campuses
• Pro-Watch Professional Edition provides complete functionality for organisations with up to 64 doors or requiring regulatory compliance
• Pro-Watch Lite Edition offers basic functionality for organisations with up to 32 doors, as well as Rapid Eye™ video technology

For more information on Pro-Watch visit: http://www.honeywellintegrated.eu

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