The Bigger Picture - our major camera research report exclusive for members 


We have launched a major research report into the video surveillance market in the United Kingdom. The report, titled The Bigger Picture, is an extensive update to the BSIA's research report of 2013, The Picture is Not Clear, which has been quoted by the trade and mainstream media worldwide, the quality of which has never been surpassed in the intervening time.

The report is exlusively for BSIA members, who can request a copy by completing the following form.

The 2022 report has been produced for the BSIA by Anekanta Consulting. It extends much further than the original report and is hailed to be the most comprehensive study of the number, type and use of video surveillance cameras in the UK ever undertaken.


"Fantastic report on the CCTV market...worth more than the cost of being a member. A great example of the added value you receive from the BSIA."
Terry Roffey, Managing Director, Brook Security

What can I find in this report?

The report includes:

  • Total number of professional video surveillance cameras in use in the UK
  • The public vs private sector ratio
  • Use of video surveillance cameras as a data source
  • Adoption of AI and facial recognition software

The full report includes a detailed analysis of the types of cameras used and for what purpose, cloud storage trends and a comprehensive study of end user applications and future trends across 11 sectors including retail, transportation and CNI.

You can also find out more details on this short presentation.

Who is it for?

The full report is of value to any company involved in the design, manufacture, installation, integration and use of video surveillance cameras, AI and storage in the UK for security purposes and beyond and will be available to BSIA Members only.


“The need for video surveillance cameras continues to grow at an accelerated rate due to the ever-present threat of terrorism in public places and an increasing desire by the private sector to improve the safety and wellbeing of employees in the workplace. The threat of criminal damage and theft in the commercial sectors also remain consistent drivers for more video surveillance cameras.”
Mike Reddington, Chief Executive, BSIA

“The purpose and use of cameras are regularly brought into the spotlight, raising questions about whether video surveillance cameras are used in a legal and ethical manner and whether their use is excessive or disproportionate to the risks identified. To answer these and other questions and to aid stakeholders (such as the BSIA ) in developing guidance,  it is imperative that the industry conducts bodies of work such as The Bigger Picture.”
Ben Linklater, Video Surveillance Systems Chairman, BSIA