Over the past decade, the volume of surveillance video being recorded, indexed, and stored has increased significantly. There are multiple operational demands driving this increase, as well as the widespread demand for video surveillance.
Primary drivers include:
- Growth in security programs since 9/11
- Recognition that video surveillance replaces the need to send people into remote or dangerous locations
- New technology innovations, such as 4K video, IR/thermal systems, and reliable wireless connectivity
This last point indicates that the demand for video is unlikely to slow any time soon. Drones and bodycams are just beginning to have an impact on physical security operations. Traffic management, license plate identification, and facial recognition represent entirely new security applications that require constant flows of high-quality video to be effective. More than 60 million cameras are now installed worldwide, and nearly half of those cameras are already high-definition (HD) compatible. HD cameras are quickly becoming the norm, with 4K systems soon to become mainstream.