The number of surveillance cameras in use worldwide is exploding, spurring massive demand for video-oriented AI algorithms that can perform tasks like recognizing faces or identifying criminal actions. To proliferate the use of such technologies, storage supplier Seagate has rolled out the SkyHawk AI hard disk drive (HDD), which has features specifically designed to support AI video surveillance.
SkyHawk AI provides high levels of bandwidth and processing power to manage always-on, data-intensive workloads, according to Seagate. The HDD also can simultaneously analyze and record footage from multiple HD cameras. These features enable edge processing of video, increasing the speed and security of AI video surveillance.
The HDD is equipped with Seagate ImagePerfect AI firmware, allowing the drive to reliably record high quality, sharp video footage with no dropped frames, while simultaneously facilitating AI-enabled NVR analytics.
“SkyHawk AI is ideal for intensive computational workloads that typically accompany AI work streams, as its high throughput and enhanced caching deliver low latency and excellent random read performance to quickly locate and deliver video images and footage analysis,” Seagate stated in a press release. “This enables on-the-edge decision making, eliminating the latency of exchanging cloud-based data and processing.”
The demand for video surveillance hardware with built-in analytics capabilities is rising rapidly. Makers of network video recorders are increasingly adding analytics sensors onto their products.
Shipments of surveillance devices with analytics built in is expected to rise to 126 million in 2021, up from 27.6 million in 2016, according to IHS Markit.
“The use of AI technology in surveillance is steadily increasing – both in the edge and backend installations such as retail fronts and large city traffic management,” said Sai Varanasi, vice president of product line management at Seagate Technology. “Seagate has led the surveillance storage market since its early days, a decade ago, by delivering industry-leading HDD products that have enabled more than 5X increase in exabytes during this time period.”
About 350 million surveillance cameras had been installed worldwide by the end of 2016, according to IHS Markit. This massive number of cameras has unleashed a flood of video data that’s too large to be reviewed by law-enforcement and security organizations.
In an example of the overwhelming size of this data deluge, it took the police four months to investigate 200,000 hours of surveillance footage to identify suspects from the London riots of 2011.
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