Rapid growth projected for security system integration in U.S. schools

Originally Published by Security Info Watch, 7.22.2013

The U.S. market for school security system integration is expected to rise by more than 80 percent over the next five years, increasing from $2.7 billion in 2012 to $4.9 billion in 2017, according to new research from IHS.

In fact, according to a new report entitled “Vertical Insights: Video Surveillance & Security in Education,” double-digit growth is expected every year throughout the forecast.

The research firm says that high-profile shootings such as last year’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School have had a huge impact on school officials and their views of how security systems should work.

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“Instead of serving as forensic tools that provide evidence of events that have already occurred, security systems now are expected to help educational institutions detect and mitigate problems as they happen,” said Paul Bremner, video surveillance and security services market analyst at IHS. “Because of this, schools are employing security system-integration providers, which provide technologies and services that combine multiple safety mechanisms into a cohesive solution.”

IHS said video surveillance and security systems that can reduce the possibility, or that provide quicker response times to incidents as they are occurring, have an advantage over those that cannot.

 “Video surveillance and security systems in the education sector must be flexible enough to deal with multiple types of threats,” Bremner added. “The types of threats an educational institution may encounter change during the course of a day. During the daytime, the main issue is access control, restricting who comes onto the premise and ensuring any potential threats remain outside. At night, the security system must deal with protection against vandalism.”

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