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Report: Rise of high def cameras causing data explosion

Oct. 11, 2013 - 04:02PM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
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The flood of new high-definition video surveillance cameras is causing the amount of data to be produced and stored every day to more than double over the next four years, according to market researcher IHS Inc., in a report released Oct. 10.

The data produced globally every day by the new cameras will grow from 413 petabytes — enough to fill 92.1 million DVDs — to more than 859 petabytes daily by 2017, according to the report.

Because the cameras produce better quality videos more organizations are deciding to use them, according to Sam Grinter, senior surveillance analyst at IHS.

“Because each HD camera produces far more data than each standard-definition camera, the quantity of data generated by the surveillance market is growing to massive proportions,” Grinter said.

This will give rise to new methods of encoding and compressing videos in order to store larger amounts of data, according to the report. Cameras will also be smarter and can be programmed to begin recording after sensing motion — reducing the amount of data that is produced, according to the report.


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