Vanderbilt CEO Joe Grillo says that perimeter protection has always been an important part of an overall integrated security system, while Axis co-founder Martin Gren stresses that perimeter protection is very much a growing vertical. Martin Gren says: “With the added threat of terrorism that we have seen over the last few years, perimeters have become more and more important to protect.”

Radar, thermal cameras and intrusion detectors are some of the most common technological solutions for securing perimeters. But the most heated debate is about video analytics.

Boudewijn Hak, Regional BU Marketing, Bosch Security Systems, is very positive towards video analytics. He says: “The demand is very big, and of course there are different solutions to protect the perimeter, but video analytics is now improving so much that it is also a very reliable detection, especially using thermal cameras, where you can achieve long range detection in a very reliable way. We see a big increase in demand there.”

Genetec CEO Pierre Racz is more sceptical towards video analytics.

“You cannot rely on video alone for perimeter protection. Now, in combination with other technologies such as radars or infrared beams, you can achieve much better perimeter protection but it is an illusion to think that perimeter protection can be achieved alone with video analytics”, he says.

Tim Biddulph, Head of Product Management at Hanwha says: “The future is all about thermal technology and improved low light performance in optical technology as well.”

In this video clip, some of the experts also answers the question on how the increasing number of drones being used will effect the use of perimeter protection.