Since 2006 Benjamin, has been part of the Lusax project, a collaboration between the security industry and the Institute of Economic Research, Lund University. The purpose of the Lusax project has been to investigate the effects and dynamics resulting from the paradigmatic change from analogue and mechanical to digital and network-enabled technology platforms within the industry. This shift, driven by the ongoing convergence of information, communication and security technology, has disrupted traditional roles and interdependencies of vendors, distributors, resellers and system integrators and led to the emergence of new industry structures and business models.
Within the Lusax context, Benjamin’s research is focused on topics such as:
- Analog-to-Digital migration,
- Security technology: CCTV, network video, access control – history, evolution, practice and use, emerging technology
- Industry and product convergence, digital convergence
- Technological and disruptive change and its effects
- Complex products and systems (CoPS) and innovation
- Security work: High Reliability Organisation (HRO) and end-user communities of practice; capabilities and competence destruction
- Systems integration and project-based organisation
- Vertical integration and proprietary systems vs. networks, ecosystems, open systems
- Product modularity and its consequences for industry structure, value migration
- Actor-network theory and the social shaping of technology
In addition to his work in the Lusax project, Benjamin has led or participated in several consulting research projects related to both the security industry as well ICT-related projects with clients such as Ericsson. Benjamin is also part of the newly formed Standardisation Research Centre, where he will contribute with a project focused on the development of standards within the security industry.
Current teaching duties include the Strategic Management course at the Department of Business Administration; the Mobile Industry Dynamics courses at the Department of Informatics, and the occasional co-supervision of Master’s thesis projects.
Prior to his return to academia, Benjamin spent five years in Brussels, providing research and customised consulting services for the pan-European venture capital and private equity industry, as well as working closely with the European Commission on a number of projects. From 1996 to 2000 he held a position as market analyst and project manager with a telecommunications market research and consulting company based in Copenhagen. While in this position, Benjamin closely followed the newly deregulated Nordic telecom market, providing research and advice for major telecom operators, suppliers and policy makers.
Benjamin graduated with a M.Sc. in Business Administration from Lund University in 1996.
Benjamin Weaver and Markus Lahtinen (2011) Technological change and users: An actor-network perspective on the digitalization of video surveillance, Paper presented at the The 27th EGOS Colloquium
Weaver, Benjamin (2007) Research proposal: Industry convergence - Driving forces, factors and consequences, Paper submitted to the 19th NFF conference in Bergen, 9-11 August 2007
Security industry standards - a research agenda,
Benjamin Weaver, 2013-10-28
IP security – a disruptive or sustaining technology shift?, Benjamin Weaver, 2009-06-18
‘Convergence’ in the security industry – definitions, drivers and consequences, Benjamin Weaver, 2008-12-10
IP Challenges to Integrators, Thomas Kalling & Benjamin Weaver, 2008-02-25
From security system integrator to total solution provider, Benjamin Weaver & Thomas Kalling, 2008-02-25
Security industry convergence – bridging the knowledge divide, Benjamin Weaver, 2007-08-26
- Felaktiga slutsatser om effekter av kameraövervakning, by Benjamin Weaver (2012) Aktuell Säkerhet 7-2012 (sid1; sid2).
- Vilja att minska svinn och stölder bakom videoövervakning i handeln, by Thomas Kalling, Markus Lahtinen & Benjamin Weaver (2011) Aktuell Säkerhet 7-2011 (sid1; sid2).
- Candid Camera, by Ray Ashby (2011)Netcomms Europe
- It’s Time for IP-based Solutions, by Ralph C. Jensen (2011) Network-Centric Security
- Debating Axis’ IP vs Analog Cost Comparison, by John Honovich (2010)IP Video Market Info
- IP video less expensive than analog for mid-size systems, by Geoff Kohl (2010)SecurityInfoWatch.com
- If there are 14 cameras, IP system cheaper, by Martha Entwistle (2010)Security Systems News
- Video surveillance total cost comparison study, by Lusax (2010)Axis white paper
- Get it right now, by Benjamin Weaver (2009)Security Dealer & Integrator
- Separate worlds come together, by Jonas Rehnberg (2007)Assa Abloy Future Lab