Whether you’re a homeowner, business owner or someone tasked with protecting a particular group of people or piece of property, surveillance is a topic that’s probably on your mind. And while times may not be getting any safer, at least we can rest in the fact that security technology is improving rather quickly.
4 Trends in Surveillance Technology
Whether you realize it or not, we live in a world that’s constantly under surveillance. Individuals, businesses, and governments have eyes on what’s happening and, despite the occasional abuse of power, the results tend to be highly beneficial. Just check out a few of the more popular surveillance camera applications:
- Theft prevention. One of the top applications is theft prevention. For example, construction companies often use cameras to spot copper or equipment theft, which is quite common on active construction sites.
- Remote monitoring. As a parent, it’s nice to be able to check in on your house when you’re away and see what’s happening – especially if you’ve left the kids home alone for the weekend or have a pet sitter coming by to feed the dog.
- Crime deterrence. While security cameras are great for detecting crime and spotting unruly behavior, they’re also excellent for preventing criminal behavior. When people spot cameras, they’re far less likely to do something illegal.
- Safety. Surveillance technology and security cameras play a key role in keeping people safe. That’s why you’ll often see them in parking lots, schools, and at heavily populated events.
Everyone has their own security and surveillance needs, but it’s nice knowing there’s a class of advanced technologies waiting to be deployed for your specific application. Whether you’re currently in the market for a new surveillance solution or you simply want to know what’s on the market, here’s a look at some of the latest tech trends in this area:
1. DIY Home Surveillance
The beauty of home surveillance is two-fold. For starters, outdoor security cameras serve as a preventative tool. They deter criminal behavior from the beginning and serve as a sort of "first line of defense." Secondly, they allow homeowners to go back and see what happened in the past. Not only can this provide clarity on certain issues, but it also provides local law enforcement with video footage of crimes. Home surveillance used to be something that only celebrities and wealthy people invested in. Today, any homeowner with basic tools and a willingness to read some instructions can install DIY surveillance cameras in their home for a few hundred dollars or less. The fact that surveillance is now available to everyone has given the industry a major boost.
2. Live Streaming Security
Having the ability to look back and review video footage is great, but streaming live video is even better. It gives people and businesses the ability to see what’s happening in real-time, which allows for a timely response to problems and needs. What’s so amazing is that live streaming surveillance – something that used to be an advanced feature only available to a select few – is now ubiquitous. In fact, anyone with a smartphone now has the ability to partake in live streaming. This is literally changing the world and how moments are consumed by those who aren’t physically present.
3. Growth of Image Compression
Image compression has come a long way over the last few years, which is important for a number of key reasons. "First, the development of video compression standards assures interoperability where video data is recorded and later displayed on dissimilar systems," security expert Al Colombo writes. He adds, "Secondly, an effective, tighter compression algorithm, such as H.264, including the recently-developed H.265, reduces redundant data, thus assuring uniform and rapid transmission over a network connection. And thirdly, better compression ensures that more video data can be stored on hard drives and storage discs than has previously been available." The growth of image compression technology is exciting and allows for numerous opportunities in terms of security and the quality of video that’s recorded and stored.
4. Rise of 4K Security Cameras
As you’re probably aware, 4K is all the buzz in the TV world. Well, it’s also important on the camera/recording side. The term 4K is simply a rounded-up abbreviation for the number of pixels in the resolution (3840). The more pixels, the better the image. Considering that most HDTV streams are just 1080p (2K), you can get an idea of how clear 4K is. Why does this matter? If nothing else, it allows for clearer viewing experiences – which can make a huge difference in certain scenarios.
Surveillance When You Need It Most
The fact that surveillance camera technology is advancing at such a rapid rate is a good thing for the consumer marketplace. It means that, in a world of chaos and crime, people can prevent, record, and review unwanted behavior faster and more efficiently. And that’s good news for everyone — but criminals.
Larry Alton is a professional blogger, writer, and researcher. A graduate of Iowa State University, he's now a full-time freelance writer and business consultant. Currently, Larry writes for Entrepreneur.com, Inc.com, and Forbes.com, among others. In addition to journalism, technical writing and in-depth research, he’s also active in his community and spends weekends volunteering with a local non-profit literacy organization and rock climbing. Follow him on Twitter (@LarryAlton3), at LinkedIn.com/in/larryalton, and on his website, LarryAlton.com. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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