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IT managers call for greater collaboration with physical security

“Greater collaboration is needed between the physical security and IT communities,” says Morphean, after its recent survey of 1,000 IT decision makers.

According to 77% of respondents from across Europe, physical security systems are not optimised, while 20% identified that it should be a priority for improvement in 2020. The survey indicates that a growing number of IT professionals are becoming more engaged in physical security, recognising the benefits it has to enhance existing systems and assist in business intelligence gathering.

Nearly half of IT managers reported currently using a cloud-based video surveillance (VSaaS) or access control (ACaaS) solution, while a further 36% are considering such a solution, with a majority of 79% anticipating instalment within one year.

The Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) market is expected to reach USD $5.93 billion by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 22.0% buoyed by its low cost set up, the flexible scalability on offer and the increasing demand for real-time and remote access to video surveillance data. For the IT security professional already working with cloud systems and services, the growth in connected digital devices through the IoT is resulting in a growing appetite for physical security.


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Rodrigue Zbinden, CEO of Morphean SA, commented: “When looking at the data from our survey, we can infer a number of significant conclusions. Firstly, that while adoption of physical security systems hosted in the cloud is strong, they are not presently optimised to their full depth of intelligence gathering capabilities which the IT department seeks; and secondly, while there is a significant market to be served in the coming year, a language barrier between physical security installers and IT resellers may hamper progress.”

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The language barrier to adoption

The IT manager, who might ordinarily turn to his/her provider of IT infrastructure to provision additional services, should also consider physical security installers who have proven expertise in this field and an understanding of the full intelligence capabilities of these systems. However, while the IT reseller sometimes lacks knowledge of the systems, the physical security installer needs to learn the language of the IT department, which is also a new skill requirement.

Rodrigue Zbinden continues, “As the in-house IT department becomes increasingly involved in the purchasing process and on-boarding of network connected surveillance and access control devices, greater collaboration will be required between IT resellers and physical security installers. In effect, the fast and effective provision of these systems that are fully optimised and fit-for-purpose, requires cooperation between the IT and physical security industries that are speaking the same language.”

The results of Morphean’s independent survey of IT decision makers within companies from UK, France and Germany with more than 50 employees also revealed:

  • Better security, cost benefit and better functionality are viewed as the most influential factors and the most commonly realised benefits of hosted security solutions
  • Half of respondents cited better security as the #1 benefit of using VSaaS/ACaaS;
  • Half of IT managers have identified data/information security as a priority for improvement in the next 12 months
  • 84% of IT managers are currently using or considering using a cloud-based video surveillance or access control solution
  • Of those still considering VSaaS and ACaaS, 79% anticipate introducing these solutions to their business within 12 months

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