Exciting new trends in the surveillance industry are bringing change faster than a speeding bullet Machine learning or A.I. is one of those new trends that appear to be right out of the future and solve major issues in video search. The old way of looking for an important event on a Network Video Recorder took hours, with machine learning, those events can be pulled up in seconds.  Introducing Ella

By entering a few keywords into a search window, services like IC Realtime’s Ella can sift through hundreds of hours of video and find exactly the right moment. Will machine learning/artificial intelligence, rule the world? Probably not yet, but it sure can make video surveillance work faster and more efficiently.

Another trend, that mimics the wizardry of Harry Potter, is home automation. With it, a home can appear as if it is enchanted. With a click, drapes can open and close automatically, appliances turn on by themselves, and that only describes the simple tricks. What is remarkable is how surveillance is being incorporated into a home’s automation system. By using built-in voice recognition devices like the Amazon Alexa, any camera view can be displayed anywhere in the home by request. Additionally, camera systems can notify the owners of any visitors by using its array of motion sensors. Each home automation system gets smarter by leveraging the power of video surveillance. Over time the line between the two systems will continue to blur.

Technologically, there have been some extraordinary advancements in video compression. These new compression schemes reduce the amount of memory that video systems use. The reason this is important has to do with how much hard drive space video takes up and how quickly it can stream through a network. The older compression mode called H.264 was not as efficient and today’s new H.265. With the improvement in compression, H.265 uses about 50% of the amount of memory when recording video onto a hard drive. This space-saving benefit is also an advantage to networking. So, video streams speed more quickly over ethernet and use up a lot less bandwidth.

Finally, the last of these trends is a high definition analog called HD-AVS, and it is spreading in popularity by the day. The huge benefit of HD-AVS is the ability to send video over older RG59 coax. Essentially, older video installations can be upgraded to high definition videos without having to install new CAT-6 cabling.

What this means is over thirty percent savings on that new upgrade since the pre-existing cable can be reused. As if this wasn’t a big enough benefit, the engineers behind HD-AVS have been able to crank up the video resolution to four megapixels which deliver better visibility at greater distances.

These trends continue to show how advancements in video surveillance seem to be almost like science fiction, but the difference is that these solutions are mature and ready now. Head on over to ICRealtime.com and learn more about how we are embracing the future today.