All of us are aware of the increasing number of video surveillance cameras deployed as we go about our daily lives. The uses range from airports to banks to schools, retail stores, street corners and private residences. As IP surveillance camera and analytics technology evolve, the uses of the networked digital video are expanding well outside pure safety and security to loss prevention and business analytics. Examples of business uses for digital video analytics include customer traffic monitoring (heat mapping), monitoring wait times at cash registers and calculating demographic interest in in-house advertising; we could go on. What this really means to IT is that video cameras are crossing “user lines,” and seeing a wider investment and requiring additional IP-based infrastructure to support (network, servers and storage). This slide show, produced using eWEEK reporting and input from Vince Ricco, North America technology partner manager at network video specialist Axis Communications, offers key data points on these changes for IT and security managers.

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