The tables of Newcastle’s Marriot Hotel were lined with the latest security and surveillance equipment on Thursday 9 July, as suppliers and end users met for Professional Security’s Security TWENTY 15 conference. icomply was there showcase its latest products. But we were not just there to sell. We wanted to talk with customers and suppliers to find out how they felt about the surveillance industry, so we scoured the room to find out about emerging trends and patterns in the market.  

GJD, external detection and CCTV security light controller specialists, told us about one such pattern. In the domestic security and infrastructure protection sectors, GJD has noticed an increase in demand for “ease of installation” equipment, says Neil Hennessey, the company’s Technical Sales Manager. 

For CCTV control room operators using technologies such as GJD’s, integration is a priority. “Clients want to integrate their systems”, said Tim Northwood, General Manager of Inner Range. “They want to bring their technologies together onto one display interface to have control over a number of sites without difficulty.”

icomply’s V-TAS Pro integration platform is ahead of the curve on both trends. Our custom-built control room software allows users to integrate multiple surveillance applications, such as Lone Worker, Dispatch or Command and Control, onto one display interface. And, V-TAS Pro is versatile – should an end user’s surveillance requirements change, V-TAS Pro’s agility allows for applications to be easily installed and removed.  

Michael Gallagher, Director of Business Development at icomply said: “Our end-users say V-TAS Pro has increased the capacity and efficiency of their surveillance operations. A lot can be done from a single display interface, such as overseeing a city, ensure a lone worker is safe or reporting incidents as they emerge automatically. We priorities integration and interchangeability. 

Although we saw a lot of cutting edge equipment and software on display, suppliers and customers acknowledged that technology can only go so far in keeping the public safe, for terrorist attackcannot always be anticipated. “The need to have the capacity to protect premises from a terrorism has increased due to changes in the world”, said a spokesperson from Security Blinds. Critical infrastructure is a market in which people are becoming more cognisant about the risks associated with terrorism, especially over the last 18 months”. 

Identify fraud doesn’t grab the headlines as much as terrorism, but the need to prevent it is essential in an age of mass swipe access card use. This is why ThruLink is striving to ensure that digitally stored information is as secure as possible. “There has been an increase in demand for encryption over the last few years, but we still have to sell the need for encryption to our clients”, Sarah Moss of ThruLink told us. 

To everyone who shared their thoughts with us, and to the Professional Security team, roll on the next conference!