Video Surveillance and the Rising Need for Storage

Mar 30, 2018


The world is being watched--more than ever, in fact. According to a report by IHS Technologies, estimates show that by 2019, over 2,500 petabytes of video surveillance data will be generated every single day from new video surveillance cameras installed worldwide. That is up from 566 petabytes of data a day in 2015. Skip ahead another two years and it is expected to reach 3.3 trillion video hours captured globally from industries like government, transportation, stadiums/entertainment, healthcare, education and retail. The trends that are driving this growth are affordability of new products, smart city initiatives, growing concern for public safety and commercial surveillance tech growth.

The analysts all have predictions on what will drive growth and utilization in 2018. Here are a few that we found interesting:

Using AI and Machine Learning for Surveillance

Neural networks, machine learning, real-time analytics, and artificial intelligence are all increasing in relevance as we move forward into 2018. Next-gen video surveillance will feature a networked, intelligent, multi-camera co-operative system with integrated situation awareness of dynamic and complex scenes, such as a city square or a shopping center. Breakthroughs in advanced chipsets are increasingly allowing video analyzation ranging from low-level image appearance and feature extraction to mid-level object/event detection to high-level reasoning and scene understanding. Obviously, these developments promise tectonic change for the security industry.

Increased Retention Time Requirements for Video Surveillance

Due in part to new laws and regulations, video surveillance retention times are increasing. In 2016, for example, Georgia passed a law which requires law enforcement agencies to retain video from police bodycams and dashboard cams for at least 180 days. By law, video surveillance pertaining to a criminal investigation or pending litigation must be retained for 30 months. In military detention centers, video footage must be retained for up to seven years. These examples are just the beginning.

Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS)

Managing video surveillance from one access point, also known as “video surveillance-as-a-service” (VSaaS) takes video monitoring into the cloud. Unlike traditional surveillance, which pipes video into a single, usually onsite location, video from customer IP cameras or webcams is transmitted to the service provider’s secure cloud infrastructure, where multiple feeds can be monitored and managed from one access point. As devices become more intelligent, solutions such as a property manager being able to monitor multiple retailers in a shopping mall will start becoming more and more common.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

These trends combined with greater demands for longer retention periods means a major uptick for data storage companies in collection, processing, organization and storage of video data. For many data storage companies, these increased demands are stretching their networking, processing and storage resources to the limit.

As a Dell EMC OEM Titanium partner, we are excited to assist OEMs and ISVs embrace the opportunities of digital transformation with industry leading technology that will give them a competitive advantage.

Robust Solutions from Dell EMC

UNICOM Engineering partners with an industry powerhouse like Dell EMC, to open the door to innovative technology built to address the needs of this growing market segment. With storage at the foundation of any successful surveillance deployment, Dell EMC offers a broad portfolio of solutions allowing you to build a common platform to store, secure, manage, and analyze surveillance data. They offer best-in-class platforms for storage, compute and networking with built-in security features to protect against threats. The best part is, they are pre-tested and validated solutions built to scale for future demands.

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