Biometric Security and Surveillance: More than the Subject of Science Fiction

If you’ve ever used the fingerprint scanning feature to access your smartphone, you’re familiar with biometric technology. Biometrics—the use of biological (physical and behavioral) characteristics such as fingerprint, face, and iris scanning to perform identity verification—is a maturing field, and applications of the technology are expected to grow in the years ahead. In fact, it’s predicted that biometrics will be used to authenticate 25% of all electronic transactions worldwide by 2020, according to International Data Corporation (IDC).

What’s Ahead for Surveillance and Security Storage in 2017?

2016 saw video surveillance and security increasingly become the focus of mainstream media conversations, with video playing a pivotal role in bringing terror suspects to justice (as it did recently in NYC) and with police body worn cameras capturing sometimes controversial incidents that spark national conversations. Behind the camera, technology has continued to evolve and storage has become an even more important consideration for anyone implementing a surveillance and security system. Integrators, resellers, vendors, and end-users can look to 2017 as a time of vigorous change for video surveillance and security.

The Top 5 Surveillance Webinars of 2016

In 2017, it’s predicted that 850PB of new surveillance data will be generated daily worldwide. As the amount of video being produced increases, camera resolutions improve, and retention times become longer, it’s imperative to understand how video storage is at the foundation of this transformation. Watch our on-demand webinars to learn how Quantum’s multi-tier storage solutions can scale with changing storage demands. Check out the Top 5 Surveillance Webinars of 2016:

Innovation in Retail: How Using Video-Based Data to Deliver Better In-Store Experiences is Impacting Storage

Video surveillance is a mainstay in the retail industry. For years it’s been a vital tool, aiding retailers in security and loss prevention efforts. But, retailers know the value of surveillance footage is not limited to ordinary security applications, so they are continuously pursuing innovative ways to turn raw video into “video-based data.” These efforts are driving a need for more storage capacity. In fact, storage capacity used for video surveillance applications is projected to grow at 39.1% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2014–2019. If these predictions are correct, over 221 petabytes (PB) of storage capacity will be shipped to the retail sector in 2019 (IHS—2015 Retail Sector Statistics: Americas).

Video Surveillance and Predictive Analytics: A Science-Based Approach to Policing in the 21st Century

According to International Data Corporation (IDC), big data and business analytics generated nearly $122 billion in revenue worldwide in 2015. And that’s a fraction of what it’s expected to reach in the next five years. Based on its projections, IDC expects the big data business to reach $187 billion in 2019 (IDC press release). Why the growth? In large part, it’s due to the potential of predictive analytics.

The Impact of Video Evidence on Retention Policies

This month, I attended Security Canada — the largest surveillance and security show north of the United States. The show floor was bustling with security integrators, end users, and even students from nearby universities hoping to learn more about the security industry. Inspired by the students, I decided to sit in on a couple of sessions to learn more about the surveillance and security market, and particularly how it differs in Canada compared to the United States. One particular session piqued my interest, Video Surveillance and the Law. Expecting to learn about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, I instead listened to the unique perspective of a lawyer who is well-versed in cases focused on surveillance and video evidence.

Life as a Security System Integrator

Did you know that the global market for security system integrators will grow to $75.7 billion by 2020, up from $60.3 billion in 2015 (source: IHS Markit)? It only makes sense that just as the security and surveillance industry continues to transform with the move to higher resolution cameras, longer data retention times, and the increase in usage of analytics, that the security system integrators market would also transform. What these integrators may have built their business on—manned guarding, alarm and fire detection, and so on — is quickly changing to focus more on the technology solutions they can provide to their customers.

How the Public is Helping Law Enforcement with Crime Prevention

Technological change is redefining efficiency in many use cases, from retail to health care, and government to city surveillance. With the availability of new devices that can capture large amounts of data, one particular use case has begun aggregating video content at a rapidly increasing rate — law enforcement. The proliferation of body-worn cameras imposed by government mandates is adding to the many camera streams coming from police car dashboards, interview rooms, and sally ports that provide valuable insight to law enforcement agencies.

Cameras Everywhere. How to Manage the Data?

If I start off my morning saying “excuse me” to a robot, I know it’s not going to be a business-as-usual day. That was my welcome to ASIS 2016 in Orlando. The robot I brushed past, from Knightscope, was autonomously patrolling the entry of the convention center with an array of cameras and sensors, but thankfully no weapons (it looked more like R2-D2 than RoboCop). What struck me was how quickly I grew accustomed to the idea of robots strolling the hallway, observing and reporting. (I shouldn’t get too casual about it — one recently ran over a toddler in a mall.) But it was also a vivid example of how the Internet of Things (IoT) is so quickly becoming an accepted part of our everyday lives.

How the Pokémon GO Phenomenon has Impacted Security and Surveillance

It’s been a little over a month since the Pokémon I remember as a kid was relaunched as it’s more hip and trendy cousin, Pokémon GO. Although I’m not much of a gamer myself, I will admit that the location-based augmented reality (AR) game developed by Niantic was intriguing. And the premise of the game has the potential to shift the gaming industry from the confines of a dark basement to the whole world as a gamer’s playground.

How Transportation Agencies are Outsmarting Industry Challenges

The transportation industry affects everyone’s daily routine. Over 11 billion trips are taken each year on public transit in the United States — more than 16 times the number of trips taken yearly in domestic air travel. With the massive amount of travelers each year comes emerging security challenges, such as emergency management, cybersecurity threats, and public safety and security risks.

Beating the Traffic Requires Intelligent Storage

The experience of being stuck in traffic, late for an appointment, imagining alternative routes you might have taken if you’d only known what was ahead, is universal. As surveillance video finds new applications beyond traditional security purposes, improving transportation is an area a lot of people can get behind. When the City of Seattle recently faced a major highway closure, they used video surveillance to help the public find alternate routes, avoiding chaos and a significant public backlash against the project.

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