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Axis is the world-leading provider of network video solutions for professional installations. The products have considerable growth potential based on the ongoing technology shift from analog surveillance systems to network video solutions.

Above all, the security market is being driven and developed by increased prosperity, urbanization and a general trend towards greater security consideration. The customers are mainly within the security sector, but are also found in other sectors where a need exists for remote monitoring and streamlining of business processes. The market is considered to have major growth potential. Apart from security installations, growth is anticipated within new fields of application and new customer segments for network video, for example, inventory management and measurements of customer behavior in the retail sector and remote monitoring within health care.

Business opportunities through legal requirements

Stricter legal requirements on camera surveillance within specific areas may also give rise to new business opportunities, for example if a public authority decides that dispensing counters for medicines or public dams should be monitored. Greater acceptance of surveillance cameras is another important driver of the market. The right to feel safe and secure is one of the most important basic principles in society. As the market leader in network video, Axis is leading the way to a smarter, safer, more secure world — driving the shift from analog to digital video surveillance. To ensure that the products are not misused, Axis carefully selects its cooperation partners and resellers and inform them continuously.

As the established market leader within network video solutions, Axis is well-positioned to take advantage of the growth opportunities generated by the technology shift as well as new fields of application.

Positive trend on the security market

The market research institute IMS Research* forecasts that the total market for video surveillance (CCTV), covering for example surveillance cameras, recording equipment and video encoders, will continue growing. The total market was estimated by IMS to be worth USD 10,5 billion in 2011 and is expected to grow to USD 20,5 billion by 2016.

From analog technology to network revolution

The market for surveillance equipment came into existence in the 1950s when the first analog cameras were installed. The products have been progressively developed since then. Analog cameras with color images were introduced in the 1970s and ten years later, the possibility of recording video sequences was developed. When the AXIS 200 network camera was released in 1996, a technology shift from analog to network video solutions began and Axis has been the market leader ever since.

The shift from analog to digital technology creates opportunities for a new way of thinking when a security system is to be installed. The many benefits of network cameras, for example, easy installation in networks, high image quality and flexible installation mean that the closed systems must gradually give way to open and fully integratable systems.

Global market leader

The interest in network video products continues to increase and these products currently account for approximately 30 percent of the new surveillance cameras sales globally. IMS Research ranks Axis in its report as the recognized market leader within network cameras.

The shift is progressing

The interest of network video products continues and the products consist of approximately 30 percent of the new sales of surveillance cameras. According to IMS Research, network cameras are expected to account for between 50 percent of total new camera sales by 2015. In its report, IMS Research estimates global growth of 25-30 percent for network video in the coming years.


The interest for network video products rose during the year, which has also led to a gradual increase in competition. Axis’ largest competitors are still manufacturers of traditional, analog cameras. The dominant manufacturers of analog cameras are global players such as Panasonic (PNS) and Samsung Techwin, which occupy second and third places respectively in the global ranking for surveillance cameras in the IMS report. Panasonic (PSN) and Sony are examples of competitors offering network cameras, and are ranked after Axis on the global list of network video providers. All in all, it is estimated that there are around 300 different brands worldwide within the field of network cameras.


Ranking of network cameras, 2011 

Rank Supplier
1. Axis Communications 
2. Panasonic System Networks (PSN)
3. Sony 
4. Hikvision
5. Mobotix (PCC) 

Ranking of security cameras, 2011

Rank Supplier
1. Axis Communications 
2. Panasonic System Networks (PSN) 
3. Samsung Techwin 
4. Hikvision 
5. Pelco