Why Middle East companies are placing you under surveillance
By: Marcus Jewell, senior vice president and general manager EMEA for Juniper Networks
Juniper Networks, a prominent secure networks company, revealed the results of market research that examines the ongoing deployment of CCTV surveillance systems and underlying network infrastructure in the Middle East.
The research suggests that the key drivers for increasing investments in both CCTV and supporting network infrastructure are ongoing concerns for stakeholders around enforceable safety measures and demonstrable compliance.
The market research suggests that Middle East respondents spent an average of $3.6 million on CCTV surveillance systems and related infrastructure in their last financial year with 39 per cent of surveyed organizations reported an average of 100 or more deployed CCTV cameras.
Surveyed organizations spent an average of $2.6 million on network infrastructure and $675,000 on network security
Underlying network infrastructure not performing
Despite significant investments in network architecture, 73 per cent of organizations surveyed reported that current network performance fails to deliver key business requirements for effective CCTV.
– 44 per cent of organizations surveyed said that their current network infrastructure cannot cope with collecting, storing and accessing CCTV footage.
– 53 per cent of organizations surveyed stated that their current network is unable to support in-app analytics and real-time access to footage.
– 39 per cent of organizations surveyed said that their current network does not support automated backup and recovery of the data collected by the CCTV system in place.
– 43 per cent of organizations surveyed also cited challenges related to network latency and resulting impaired quality of videos and images.
The region is progressing towards an era of Digital Cohesion, where predictive and automated network-based mega-services adapt to user behavior, enabling better decision-making and enriching personal and business lives.
Furthermore, the research indicates a growing focus on designing and deploying performance-driven CCTV surveillance systems and infrastructure in the year ahead.
Governments in the region are leading the charge on CCTV surveillance deployments to drive smart city safety initiatives and to improve traffic management and urban planning.
Sixty percent of surveyed organizations reported plans to increase investments in CCTV surveillance systems and underlying network infrastructure in their next financial year.
They also reported plans to increase investments in network infrastructure by an average of 8.7 per cent in the year ahead to enable improved network security (59 per cent), meet increasing customer demands and expectations for safety (43 per cent) and deploy high performance surveillance infrastructure (41 per cent).
Twenty-four per cent also specified that Governance, Risk and Compliance concerns are a motivation for planned CCTV investments.
Network Security Concerns
The survey also reported clear concerns about the efficacy of network security, with 78 per cent of respondents concerned about a possible breach of their CCTV surveillance network and 25 per cent citing a breach in the last 12 months. While the organizations surveyed are planning to increase investments in network security by an average of 9.9 per cent in the year ahead, 39 per cent of respondents believe that their organization should invest more in the next financial year.
“While CCTV surveillance systems continue to be vitally important for organizations, they can only be as effective as the network that supports them. Not all networks are equal and organizations need to consider the nuances of their existing environment and business needs before investing in network architecture.,” said Jewel.