Jun. 22, 2018
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Growing Data Sources and the Boom of the Surveillance Industry

  • The SkyHawk AI Technology is designed for AI Surveillance and to support an additional 16 AI streams while simultaneously and flawlessly recording footage up to 64 HD camerasThe SkyHawk AI Technology is designed for AI Surveillance and to support an additional 16 AI streams while simultaneously and flawlessly recording footage up to 64 HD cameras
  • The SkyHawk AI Technology is designed for AI Surveillance and to support an additional 16 AI streams while simultaneously and flawlessly recording footage up to 64 HD cameras
  •  Optimized for DVRs and NVRs, SkyHawk surveillance drives are tuned for 24×7 workloads in capacities up to 10TB
  • Optimized for DVRs and NVRs, SkyHawk surveillance drives are tuned for 24×7 workloads in capacities up to 10TB

To say the surveillance industry has changed over the last quarter of a century is an understatement. From high-definition cameras and TVs to high flying drones and video analytics – the surveillance industry has shifted in ways we never expected to see in such a short space of time. What’s more, with such advancements in both quality and choice that’s now available in the market, it’s no wonder that revenue in the video surveillance market is set to double to $75.64 ­Billion by the end of 2022.

Some of the biggest opportunities in the surveillance industry will be through adopting new technological practices, particularly around the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud storage and artificial intelligence (AI) such as machine learning. The main question, however, is exactly how these trends will shape the surveillance industry of the future?

The Proliferation of Connected Devices
Recently, Seagate and IDC released a whitepaper looking at the future of data and the factors that will contribute to worldwide data exploding to 163ZB by 2025. One of the biggest reasons for the increase in data is the rise of connected devices as a result of the IoT.
Specifically, within surveillance, this occurs already, thanks to drones and other wearable security devices becoming connected and coming online. With so many more transactions being created and tracked it’s crucial to think about how the surge in data will be managed.

With such complexity in both the dataset and its use, it’s imperative that companies make sure that they have all of the right hardware for the job. In the past, data centres would typically use the largest capacity drives their budget would stretch to, with the knowledge that the drives would be sufficient for its needs. However, moving to a more complicated data set thanks to the rise of the IoT, companies now need to begin to make more of a conscious effort to consider what drive is right for their needs.

A prime example is how specialised hard drives have been making their way into the surveillance market that have been optimised for specific use functions. One such drive is Seagate’s SkyHawk which allows security applications to continuously record video on a 24/7 basis.

Unlike other industries, the surveillance market needs drives that have the capacity to run and write data 100% of the time so that businesses are never caught out using unsuitable and unreliable drives which could have serious consequences to personal and business safety.

Video in the Cloud
The rise of connected devices is also generating a substantial volume of data. This poses the question of where exactly this data will be stored and conversations are already taking place around access to video in the cloud.
There are a couple of benefits to consider when it comes to video surveillance in the cloud. Firstly, the data is stored in a central, shared system so users can access the content quickly and easily from wherever they are. Secondly, it’s possible to update a cloud-based product on an ongoing basis, often in real-time, and once improvements have been made they are immediately visible and available to customers.
A key driver of the shift to cloud-based, fast-access, and truly mobile data usage is that data has increasingly become a critical influencer for not only our businesses but also our lives in all aspects. The research with IDC revealed that data usage is changing and it now has to be analysed by its level of criticality.
The emergence of hypercritical data also means that businesses should look to review how they capture data and deliver data analytics. This is because they’ll require an infrastructure that can deliver high reliability and bandwidth as well as increased security. This could be something as simple as making sure they choose the hard drives that offer the ability and resilience to deal with the requests for data analysis.

Artificial Intelligence for Real-Time ­Analytics
The use and integration of data in businesses and people’s lives is also quickly moving to the need for real-time data. As such, data is delivered to not only inform but also determine actions – sometimes autonomously. Consequently, machine learning and AI is causing a huge buzz within the video surveillance industry. And it’s no wonder when the opportunity for this industry is huge. If security guards and emergency services can use the data from AI to make smart predictions, it will help increase preventative and real-time tactics in surveillance, rather than simply being used as a post-event, forensic tool. Thanks to AI the industry will become more proactive, rather than reactive, as a result of machine learning being able to predict security and surveillance situations before they happen.
Over time, the demand for intelligent video analytics and systems is only going to increase as more and more industries realise the benefits for its application. It’s up to everyone to work with partners and customers to ensure that they are ready for this change and are advised in the best way to manage and store the data generated to meet their needs.
 

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