HD Video Surveillance Creating Big Data Opportunities

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The proliferation of HD video surveillance cameras is creating a data boom, with one recent report stating that surveillance cameras currently generate an astounding 413 petabytes of data each day, a figure that is expected to reach 859 petabytes in 2017.

Today’s video surveillance cameras have come a long way from systems once dedicated solely for recording and monitoring, and now act as a powerful means of data collection. Innovations in HD surveillance across IP networks are creating opportunities to integrate more intelligence into cameras so that footage can be captured, analyzed, and tagged in real time.

Law enforcement officials are among the benefactors of this trend. Examples of these IP-based surveillance systems can be found just about anywhere including malls, hospitals, ATMs, streets, schools and public transportation. Cameras run round the clock, capturing and storing countless hours of video data across networks and databases for later use. As a result, law enforcement is becoming better equipped to deter crime, expedite investigations and prosecute offenders.

Major cities are investing in HD video surveillance technologies to maximize public safety. The New York Police Department, for instance, has an IP video surveillance network that syncs 3,000 security cameras with license plate readers, radiation sensors, criminal databases and terror suspect lists. Washington, D.C., is another notable example, ranking number one in the U.S. in surveillance with thousands of camera installations in high-traffic areas.