Flood of HD cameras will lead to a surge in the daily data dump, report suggests

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The higher number of HD surveillance cameras that will be integrated into surveillance networks in the near future is likely to lead to a doubling in the amount of data being dumped on a daily basis in the next four years, a new research report by the IHS has predicted.

According to an article in the media tackling this topic, the ‘Enterprise and IP Storage used for Video Surveillance’ report suggests that daily data dump rates might reach 859 (PB) Petabytes in 2017 and more than double the 2013 figure of 413 PB, that in itself is enough data to fill 92.1 million single-sided single-layer DVDs and equates to four times the amount of photo and video data stored on Facebook as of February 2012.

The new high-definition technologies will have an impact on the volume of data being produced and dumped. However, it’s not all bad news, since it is believed that new compression algorithms like the High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) standard H.265 – claimed to double the data compression ratio compared to H.264 – will reduce the volume of data produced per camera.

Video content analysis is also cited as having the potential to reduce the amount of data per camera. Rather than simply recording continuously, virtual trip-wires and no-entry zones can trigger the camera to record important events at pre-defined times.

In addition, the report claims increasing capacities of hard disk drives means growing quantities of data can be recorded on-site or on network systems to impact on the quantity of data dumped.

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