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3 Video Surveillance Tech Upgrades CIOs Must Know

Enterprise Technology Review | Friday, October 18, 2019

CIOs need to have a close look at the rapidly evolving surveillance systems that are crucial for safeguarding commercial facilities and assets, before investing in one.  

FREMONT, CA: Physical surveillance systems offer a critical shell of protection to companies, in the absence of which it becomes impossible to protect offices, industries and other commercial spaces. Cameras used to act as the focal point of these security systems until a few years back. Technology, however, has made software programs as essential as video cameras in the modern surveillance systems. The potential that technology offers in the realm of physical security can be leveraged by companies when their CIOs stay updated about innovations and stay ahead of time when it comes to adopting surveillance tech. Modern surveillance systems offer many new features that conventional ones don't provide, making upgrades indispensable. This article talks about the latest developments in the field of video surveillance and their implication in helping CIOs make commercial business facilities safer. 

• Storage and Computation Move to the Edge

Video surveillance is today not just about capturing videos that can be used to monitor facilities; it is an amalgamation of advanced functionalities involving monitoring, processing and alerting. Capturing visual data, which used to be the priority, has now given way to contextual capturing, uninterrupted storage and real-time analytics. The development of edge technology has empowered surveillance systems by incorporating storage at the edge. It eliminates the need for network-based connectivity that is crucial to facilitate the safe storage of video footage. Even if there is a glitch somewhere in the network, the storage can continue as recording happens on edge. Alternatively, Redundant Array of Independent Disks solutions can also act as a back-up to conventional storage systems.

Computing power has come to the edge now, and it is enabling the creation of advanced cameras that can process recorded information right at the edge, without feeding it into data centers or clouds. Surveillance systems that support on-premise data analytics are revolutionizing enterprise security.

• Improved Field of View and Enhanced Visibility Features

Gone are the days of grainy video footage. Today, companies can invest in powerful video surveillance equipment that record high-definition videos. Apart from the enhanced quality, the cameras are also offering increased fields of view. Service providers are already in the process of building 360-degree field view cameras which will mean extensive coverage with a smaller network of devices. The innovative features of facial recognition and night vision are also of strategic importance to enterprise users. Cameras with facial recognition enable users to determine the identity of people and receive alerts and notification accordingly. The night vision feature is designed to give users the benefit of definitive videos, even in bad lighting and adverse weather conditions. Together, these elements are transforming the potential of video surveillance equipment. 

• Easier Controls, Better Handling

The ultimate benefits of advanced technology involve the ease-of-use that they offer. Conventional video surveillance requires several complicated controls for successful operation. On the other hand, modern surveillance systems make handling easier with improved control features. Some of the most advanced systems support voice control, as well. With voice control, operators can manage security cameras and change settings with voice commands. Automation that allows effortless and intelligent handling of surveillance equipment,  is also becoming central to the video surveillance solutions offered today. 

The nature of risks that enterprises face is changing, and so are the security protocols. CIOs can guide their organizations towards optimized physical security by deploying evolving video surveillance solutions. With up-to-date technology, companies can rest assured about preventing intruders from entering and endangering assets and facilities.