The Age of Data Hungry AI Video Applications: Finding the Optimised Storage

Written by Jeff Park, Country Manager – Australia and New Zealand, Seagate.

Video surveillance systems are becoming a critical part of public services and private enterprises. Going beyond its traditional use of security and safety, today these video surveillance systems are now used to drive innovation and quality of service: smart traffic and public transport management, parking enforcement, customer flow insight, remote medical services and many more. . For businesses and organisations using this system, considerable challenges accompany the benefits. The number of cameras, the increased resolutions, and the requirements to retain the footage for longer can combine to create an enormous amount of data that can easily become a management headache.

Storage is everything when it comes to effective video surveillance systems. Without the right storage infrastructure to accommodate the growing number of HD cameras, smart surveillance systems will not work. As the sheer number of IoT devices and smart surveillance cameras deployed in the field increases, there is much greater stress on storage solutions. However, storing data has been expensive, especially when needing to scale up. This problem has deterred many businesses from maximising the capabilities of modern surveillance systems and prevented many from deploying data hungry applications  like AI and advanced analytics and leveraging data for better outcomes.

Companies need video surveillance storage solutions that not only record, process, and analyse video and other data, but also perform on a 24×7 basis. These solutions should also accommodate the growing number of applications that rely on deep learning.

Seagate Technology is a mass data storage infrastructure leader that’s taking a lot of the pain out of managing video surveillance data. That pain isn’t just about the sheer heft of storage devices, it’s also about managing cost, scalability, and extracting the best possible on-point data.

Standard hard drives are traditionally designed to collect and achieve data, feature write-only functions and support 8×5 workloads. In a world where video surveillance and AI are transforming the utility of data, the standard hard drives no longer meet the mark. SkyHawk AI supports up to 64 HD cameras and 32 additional AI streams, storing up to 10,000 hours while offering up to 20TB capacity. It features robust read and write workloads and is built to operate 24×7 to handle large influxes of video.

For businesses and organisations requiring immediate insights from their intelligent video solutions, setbacks such as dropped frames or data loss inhibit deep learning and predictive analytics performance. Seagate SkyHawk AI drive delivers zero dropped frames with Image Perfect AI and has enterprise-class workload rates at 550TB/year for high reliability. SkyHawk Health Management also provides overall system reliability when integrated into compatible NVR systems.

It is important to consider implementing additional data protection measures such as Seagate Data Recovery Services. This way, companies are ensuring that even when unpredictable events occur, they can still retrieve their data.

Seagate  is taking the traditional storage is everything mantra and taking it the extra mile. All that stored data isn’t much good if it never gets utilised. Alternatively, it’s  depressing if that data is only ever harnessed to prevent harm or illicit activity. Seagate provides a complete storage portfolio of video and analytics solutions tested and built for security and surveillance to deliver beneficial data insights from edge to cloud with enterprise-grade storage solutions for every surveillance environment.

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