The quality of camera systems is also much different today.
More and more companies are choosing to update their analog systems to IP, and producing
better video quality using HD cameras. “In the security world through the
years, there weren’t a lot of standards; it was whatever anyone wanted to
install,” said Jensen. “The difference is, HD comes out of the broadcast world,
and there's a written standard for that.”
He explained that in this new video surveillance
environment, organizations have the freedom to be selective in deciding what
equipment they want to use. “You can pick the best servers and the video cards
that are going to drive it; the best software that meets the needs for your
industry; and the best cameras for the situations you need.” Companies are no
longer tied to a single vendor, and as a result are able to cut down on cost and
installation complexity, Jensen claimed.
According to HDS, organizations will see widely increased productivity
as a result of the updated surveillance system. “We use video analytics to do a
lot of tedious work that we would normally have security do,” said Jensen.
And new surveillance technology also improves law
enforcement, offering new capabilities to the public safety market. Not only is
video surveillance valuable for investigations, but it also provides
situational awareness to commander-controlled centres, Jensen explained. A high
standard surveillance system could also be helpful in the case of a major event
or natural disaster. Such technology can help first responders pinpoint the
location of a specific emergency call and connect to a camera in that area.
For now, Hitachi’s main role in video surveillance is
focused on combining the disparate worlds of IT and security into one unified
group. “My job is to come in and take a look at your situation, and bridge that
gap between the security people and the IT people with solutions that meet
everyone's needs,” said Jensen. In the meantime, be mindful of your
surroundings. You never know who might be watching.