The research showed that of the 291 responses from UK retailers encompassing over 21,646 stores, 92.4 per cent of them currently used CCTV, 70 per cent of which were analogue systems. More generally, across Northern Europe, the increase in retailers planning to adopt network IP saw a huge jump with a 16.5 per cent rise on 2012 figures.
Scott Brothers, retail business development manager, Northern Europe, at Axis Communications, commented, ‘Store based retailing is extremely tough at the moment and therefore maximising return on investment from any technological investment is crucial as we consumers increasingly become more savvy and price conscious.
‘However, video image quality is still an issue when it comes to successful prosecutions, so it’s hardly surprising that nearly two thirds of UK respondents (the highest across the whole of Northern Europe) currently using analogue CCTV systems were planning to adopt network IP surveillance. Like last year, respondents cited easier integration with business intelligence analytics, better remote access and improving image quality through the use of HD IP cameras, as the primary drivers behind their plans to move away from analogue CCTV.’