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UAE leads in IP surveillance deployment

Strong uptake of IP surveillance systems in the UAE; Qatar and Saudi Arabia also growing says Schneider Electric

UAE leads in IP surveillance deployment
IP surveillance systems are introducing more analytical intelligence, says Berde.

The UAE leads the Middle East in the deployment of IP surveillance technology, due to legislative requirements, according to Anant Berde Buildings Business VP, Gulf Countries, Schneider Electric.

Speaking at the Intersec expo in Dubai, Berde said that regulations put in place by both Dubai and Abu Dhabi police departments two years ago, have driven the uptake of IP surveillance solutions, particularly in the hospitality sector, and in large commercial projects and public spaces.

"With the police regulations, video became a very key requirement for all the hotel operators, to renew their trade licence. That drove a lot of upgrading of the existing installations," he said.

Berde said that the police regulations, which are still in part being developed, were introduced to both ensure that locations used by the public were properly screened by surveillance solutions, and that video was of high enough quality to actually be useful. The regulations currently stipulate that facilities have to keep surveillance files for one month, and include specs for frame rate, picture quality and dimensions. Video surveillance is also required for specific locations, such as lobbies, fire escapes and staircases, to ensure adequate coverage. Such depth of coverage is only possible with the flexibility offered by IP-based systems, which have now replaced analogue systems in most deployments.

While the company sees the UAE as the most advanced, there are also sophisticated enterprise-level customers in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and Berde expects to see increasingly complex solutions deployed in future.

For Intersec, Schneider Electric was promoting both its Pelco surveillance technology, and building control systems at the event. With a growing install base of IP surveillance systems in the region, companies are now looking to more sophisticated solutions, to improve and automate management of surveillance, and to add more capabilities to systems.

Berde said that Pelco has introduced additional analytical capabilities to their solutions, both at the camera and in the back-end control room systems. With added intelligent solutions, which can be from Pelco, or from third party providers using open standards-based solutions, end users are now able to have cameras that will alert control room personnel to unusual behaviour or movement, to ease the task of monitoring a large number of IP feeds simultaneously.

"I see a lot of trends towards intelligent video processing. The trend is to have too many cameras, which ones do you expect your operator to view? If you see a command and control room, you will see an operator sitting with a whole bank of video panels in front of him, but it is humanly impossible to pick what he wants to see," said Berde. "That's where intelligence comes into the picture, as you add a layer of intelligence whether an alarm from a third party system, or based on analytics, you project those videos automatically on the screen."

Along with increased analytical capability for IP surveillance systems, Pelco was also showing improved features for cameras, such as low light operation, thermal imaging, high definition, and cameras and systems meant for specific verticals, such as education, prisons, oil & gas and maritime.

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