In today’s security climate, it is easy to get caught up with the surveillance technology du jour as a way to protect our most valuable assets and critical industries. Between decreasing bandwidth consumption, higher frame rates, higher-resolution cameras and increasingly powerful video analytics capabilities, these technologies can run the gamut of integrated features and price range. However, the rate of technological innovation far outpaces frame rates, leaving us wondering in which direction our next moves lie. In this three-part blog series, we’re here to ask a simple, yet important, question: “What’s next on the horizon for IP video surveillance technology?”
Simply put, cameras are not just cameras any more. Just as smartphones came to house multiple features that transformed phones into handheld computers, video surveillance cameras are raising the bar with advanced processing power and communication abilities. Some companies have added low-bandwidth video management systems (VMS) to their cameras, raising the level of intelligence and streamlining the analytical result across entire video surveillance systems. The storage capacity built into these cutting-edge cameras also reduces power consumption that otherwise would have been allocated to additional physical servers. Allowing full-service cameras the autonomy and communication across the IP network benefits remote or difficult locations in need of video surveillance protection.
Though video intelligence solutions are already a staple of many sophisticated surveillance systems, the possibilities for data collection and analysis are virtually endless. Video analytics are indispensable to business solutions optimization by utilizing features such as store traffic-flow analysis, staffing levels and display effectiveness to predict behavioral patterns of customers. High-risk locations such as ports, airports and critical infrastructure can efficiently and securely manage their staff by integrating video analytics with identification or screening technology. Video analytics are also playing a vital role in safe city initiatives as crowd control becomes a top priority in worldwide sporting events, conventions and tourism.
When it comes to discerning objects in our view, human vision naturally observes in three dimensions, giving us depth perception, peripheral vision and a sense of perspective. 3-D cameras provide a more intuitive map of a particular landscape, allowing us to better understand the size, shape and distance of objects in flux in an area under surveillance. 3-D cameras greatly aid video analytics and VMS technologies in gathering more accurate readings by counting people more precisely or determining a range of criminal activity within a given field of view.
IP cameras continue to evolve as technology advances, sending camera companies back to the drawing board continually to help improve existing capabilities and establish new ways of serving end users. In the second part of our series we will discuss higher resolution, frame rates, day/night and omnidirectional cameras, and how these applications can be applied in today’s security marketplace.