Survey reveals strong trend towards IP

According to the latest annual Centre for Retail Research (CRR) survey into the use of CCTV in retail – commissioned by Axis Communications, – over 60% of UK retailers are planning to adopt network IP in the next three years and nearly a third have adopted it already, up from a quarter in 2012.

Of the 278 UK retailers that responded, encompassing some 20,350 stores, the data showed that 92.8% currently use CCTV. Of these, 32.1% have already upgraded to network IP technology – representing a 2.5% rise in take up from the previous year’s figures. This trend is even more pronounced across the wider northern European region, with 58.5% (weighted average) of analogue users now planning to switch to network IP – representing a significant increase of 17% on 2012 figures.

The survey, now in its fourth year, polled 2,200 retailers, and received 673 respondents from across northern Europe. The results of the survey were recently presented at the Retail Fraud Show in Leicester by Atul Rajput, regional director, northern Europe at Axis Communications and Professor Joshua Bamfield, director at the CRR.