HD Surveillance Growth
WHAT’S IN STORE FOR THE VIDEO SURVEILLANCE MARKET?
FROM ANALOG TO IP, BETTER IMAGE QUALITY & MORE
Over the last several years, a hot topic in video surveillance has been the migration from analog to IP, and what’s required in order to make a smooth and successful change-over. While that’s certainly an important discussion, there are several other emerging trends and technologies that are not only reshaping the infrastructure behind video surveillance, but also transforming how organizations of all shapes and sizes are fundamentally using this technology.
By the end of 2015, more than 70 percent of all network camera shipments will have megapixel resolution∗. This shift is happening due to:
- Improved compression codecs (H.264)
- Networks (networking hardware, server and storage) supporting IP surveillance are higher performing and purpose built
- Better image quality, higher resolutions give more useable image detail
- Improved performance of high resolution cameras in difficult lighting conditions (e.g., lowlight and WDR)
- Reduced storage costs
- Better coverage, potentially reducing camera counts
High-definition resolution provides up to five times higher resolution than standard analog. The two most widely used high-definition standards come from the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE): 296M (720p) and 274M (1080).
In essence, 296M defines a resolution of 1280×720 pixels with high color fidelity in a 16:9 format using progressive scanning at 25/30 Hz and 50/60 Hz. 274M defines a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels with high color fidelity in a 16:9 format using either interlaced or progressive scanning at 25/30 Hz and 50/60 Hz. A camera that adheres to one of these standards indicates HDTV quality and provides the benefits in resolution, color fidelity and frame rates.
VIDEO SURVEILLANCE TRENDS TO WATCH
The Move from Analog to IP
The technology advancements of IP cameras give businesses the ability to improve video quality with higher resolution and instant conversion to digital, yet using fewer cameras to monitor the same square footage. That means better capture quality, lower costs, easier monitoring and faster analytics.
The Resolution Revolution
While full HD resolution is becoming mainstream for high quality video surveillance, 4K imaging, developing on the HD standard, will begin to take hold due to its impressive ability to zoom in on high definition images. This ultra-high definition standard is quickly becoming available without compromise on frame rate or light sensitivity.
The Move to Multi-Dimensional
New visual enhancement technologies will play a significant role in shaping video surveillance for years to come. The demand for low-light sensitivity and infrared technology at HD resolution is being complemented by high performance image processing, to ensure image delivery is not compromised in any light condition.