According to Sam Grinter, IHS Technology market analyst, changes to legislation are significantly impacting the market for enterprise data storage in video surveillance globally. For example, in Germany the maximum retention time for video surveillance has been increased from 24 hours to 48 hours, this effectively doubles the maximum capacity requirement of video surveillance data storage systems. In the Andhra Pradesh state of India, all establishments where a gathering of 100 or more people is expected are required to provide video surveillance protection according to the Public Safety Enforcement Act passed in 2013. Both examples of legislation are expected to increase the demand for video surveillance data storage. According to leading vendors in the market, end users are placing greater value on their video surveillance data. This is due to video surveillance increasingly being used for business intelligence applications, as well as evidence for defence in law suits. In both cases investment in storing video surveillance data for extended periods of time, or at a higher quality, gives the end user increased return on investment. Network attached storage (NAS) is forecast to increasingly compete with storage area network (SAN) solutions. Technological development of NAS is making it more comparable, in terms of performance, with SAN. NAS is also typically more cost effective to install and maintain compared to SAN. With price being a major factor in the buying decision of video surveillance, IHS forecasts strong growth for NAS solutions over the next three years.
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.