The days of a security camera merely capturing video and relaying it to a recording device are being left in the dust! Today's security cameras, including the best residential security cameras, do far more than most realize. The biggest advancement has been security cameras as a sensor. This means that modern security cameras can operate independently of the end user and intelligently discover anomalies in an environment, track things, and analyze the data to determine what kind of potential threat has entered the surveillance zone. And, this technology is no longer limited to big dollar commercial security projects. Now even the homeowners can benefit from camera sensors for analytics!
So, what are the biggest current and upcoming trends to follow for security cameras? Here are the top four:
1. COST SAVINGS FOR INTEGRATING WITH A PREEXISTING NETWORK
If you already have an existing IT infrastructure and network, there's no need to "reinvent the wheel" simply to add in security and surveillance cameras. Depending on what your current network can support, many of today's security cameras can be integrated into what you already have in place, leaving you with significant cost savings, and who doesn't love that? Win-win.
With the bonus of cost savings, your company can invest in improved camera performance that will give you high-demand situational awareness capabilities and 24/7 security through analytics, even when there aren't human eyes available to watch the footage.
2. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE BEYOND THE NAKED EYE
Traditionally, security camera footage was monitored exclusively by a human operator in real time. This analyst would sit in front of the video feed for hours non-stop looking for indicators and clues to threats or other issues, as well as acting upon active threat events. But, if you've sat in front of anything for that long you know eyes can get tired and mistakes can be made. When data is missed, vulnerability to threats increases.
But, with today's security camera technology doubling as sensors the camera itself becomes the observer, has capabilities that exceed the fallibility and fatigue of the human eye, and can even make decisions about if something is an actual threat or a neutral anomaly. And, that's not just for new footage! In fact, with data analytic software you can run prior recorded footage through and have an analysis run based on emerging threats and trends in anticipation of future footage data.
3. SECURITY CAMERA ANALYTICS HELP ACHIEVE BUSINESS GOALS
Analytics has forever changed video surveillance by taking it to the next level with the ability to enhance security through the synthesis and analysis of video footage but also assist with achieving the goals of the business. For instance, through analytics a business can relieve the strain on bandwidth through the identification of only critical information and ignoring the rest.
Also, the analytics can cause an automatically initiated response based on the identification of specific behaviors affecting the organization, property, or facility. And, as touched on already in the previous section, artificial intelligence is enhanced by running prior footage through analysis to "train" A.I. to identify future anomalies and issues.
When time and space are cleared by becoming more efficient through video analytics and A.I., more opportunities for achieving business goals are opened up. This is leverage in multiple ways.
4. CAPTURING EVENTS THAT GO BEYOND THE VISUAL
Just because it has a lens, doesn't mean that's all a security camera can "see." Today's security cameras are versatile sensors that can go beyond the visible spectrum! The three big non-visual capabilities today are infrared detection, thermal (heat sensors), and movement detection.
Situational awareness is incorporating and synthesizing as many aspects of the environment as possible for an accurate picture and prediction, and with today's security analytics security camera sensors and data for elements such as smoke, movement, heat, water, and more the amount of information gained is virtually limitless.
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