HD Video Use In Surveillance Meeting Its Demands

Jan 7, 2009 2:36 PM

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As video surveillance systems begin to move forward into a new era, the systems not only seek to capture images, but to also provide new and detailed information that many retailers and building management systems need. Now that private citizens have begun to challenge outdated surveillance for failing to properly protect, the industry looks to new technologies to improve overall video surveillance system performance.

Frost & Sullivan recently completed a market study for Avigilon, a provider of high definition and megapixel video surveillance systems, which looked at the need for using High Definition video surveillance as a highly effective and primary tool of investigation. The study looked at three different random scenarios and explored how multi-megapixel camera systems could be beneficial in those instances.

In recent years, video surveillance systems users have been attempting to overcome the lack of video forensic detail by saturating the target footprint with grids of cameras. Unfortunately, this yields ineffective video, transmission and storage, that often results in higher cost. As more companies begin to move away from analog systems, security professionals looking for more effective video surveillance systems are turning to new approaches and technologies to help solve their challenges and provide justifiable return on investment.

The Frost & Sullivan and Avigilon study also identified "pixels-on-target" as the key unit of measurement to further improve video forensics. In further looking into the "pixels-on-target," Frost & Sullivan analysts used a six sigma methodology which seeks to identify and remove the causes of defects and errors in manufacturing and business processes, and apply this to the overall improvement of video content collection and management.

"There has never been a greater need for improving video surveillance systems than the present," explains Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Dilip Sarangan. "In the past five years, the video surveillance industry has witnessed a large number of technological advancements that have been underutilized due to the lack of market awareness about potential benefits. This study identifies the possibilities of improving the quality of surveillance, in efforts to add value to end-users struggling to capture the level of detail required and use video surveillance as evidence."

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