CCTV Industry : history of growth over time

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CCTV Industry history

At an ancient time when CCTV Industry was not there, people hire a guard to monitor but it was an impossible task to monitor every second. human monitoring failed where the environment was not suitable for human, like in a lab, or in a small cave. So a requirement comes into existence and takes a shape of CCTV monitoring system.

At present time almost everybody knows about CCTV security system or video surveillance system. The most important thing about this industry is that each and every person needs it in a simple word you can say that people want to be the secure and first step of security is CCTV. CCTV is not only a solution of security but it also provides a way to watch the things at the remote location.

But at that time when CCTV industry comes into existence, there was no way to record the footage. At that time there was the only way, just keep eyes at the monitor all the time.

CCTV industry

1942: Invention

The first CCTV surveillance system was developed by a German engineer Walter Bruch in 1942 to monitor a launching of the V2 rocket.

Walter Bruch was also the inventor of colour television. At that time it was very unreliable and expensive process.

1949: First Commercial use

The first commercial use of CCTV came in early 1949 by an American contractor. Who started the promotion of CCTV

In 1966 first domestic CCTV used by Marie Van Brittan Brown who launched a complete series for the home security solution, includes some door is the beginning of CCTV industry.

1970: Recording

1970 was the year when VCR came into existence. VCR was a unique way to record the footage and erase it. It was also easy to install as the comparison to the big magnetic drum.

1990: Multiplexing

This tool allowed several cameras to record at the same time and viewed from just one monitor. The introduction of multiplexing meant CCTV was now more efficient. It is also a big revolution in CCTV industry.


1990: Growth

After 2000, a revolution came into the industry, by 2000 VRC were replaced by digital recorders. CCTV became much easier to operate. So adoption of CCTV started growing.


2014: IP cameras takeover

IP cameras utilise the internet to transmit footage in digital form, making it available on a number of sources. With the popularity of digital tools increasing, this was the first year when digital cameras and devices overtook older tools – signalling a shift in CCTV technology.



There are about 350 million surveillance cameras worldwide as of 2016. About 65% of these cameras are installed in Asia. The growth of CCTV has been slowing in recent years.





Hi, I am a CCTV expert and have almost 10 years of experience. In past years, I worked on all kinds of surveillance technology. I love to write about CCTV and security. I also have skills in Windows software and blogging.

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