Video surveillance has quickly risen to the top of a preferred list of security technologies available to home and business owners. Overt cameras act to deter would-be criminals while detecting the presence of people and forensically documenting what they do. According to Reportlinker.com, the global CCTV market will peak at approximately $23.5 billion by the end of this year. This represents a compound annual growth rate of 20.5% compared to 2012 levels.
In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the most amazing innovations currently in play as well as those yet to come. We’ll discuss the new 4K and 8K Ultra HD standards, the migration of IPv6 from IPv4 and look at advances in imaging technology that are creating discernible image resolutions in low to zero lighting. In addition, we’ll discuss the placement of intelligence and data storage at the network’s edge and look at some of the incentives for using ‘cloud’ storage and its long-term implications for systems integrators.
Clearing Up Cloud Conceptions
Of all the advancements in IP video we will discuss, probably the most exciting from an income potential standpoint is the cloud. And yet it’s still one of the biggest mysteries to most professionals in the security industry.
For the video surveillance client, it allows access to stored images offsite anywhere in the world through the Internet. It also reduces the upfront costs associated with the procurement of DVRs, NVRs, NAS (network-attached storage) devices and other means of data storage. This is especially attractive to homeowners with IP cameras inside and outside the home.
“Cloud video management is a natural progression for CCTV. Advancements in technology have made smaller and faster processors; pair this with edge storage devices and you have created a system that is powerful and easy to manage. Build the system to fit your needs. View and manage video through the Web. These are the advantages that cloud surveillance offers our customers,” says Mike Davis, president of eLine Technology of Westminster, Colo.
Today, the consensus among savvy security professionals, like Davis, is that IP video, combined with cloud-based data retention, is where it’s at. The term “cloud” came into use many years ago as a means of identifying an “unknown.” It usually, if not always, pointed to a third-party infrastructure of some kind, the details of which were largely unknown to security professionals. An intimate knowledge of this third-party offering wasn’t always needed. In blueprints and schematic diagrams, a “cloud” is drawn wherever third-party responsibility begins and that of the contractor ends — usually at the point of demarcation.
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There are several types of cloud-based services available and it’s important for security integrators to understand them. Not only will this help sell cloud services to their clients, but it will assure that the right cloud-based service is selected, thus assuring the best results while minimizing the client’s monthly fee.
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