When Intelligence Moves to the Edge

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Distributed processing and intelligence are a natural extension of convergence. Open interfaces and platforms make it easier to move once-centralized functions, such as recording, storage and analytics to cameras and encoders, to the so-called edge of the network. The year-to-year decline in the cost of processing power and storage only fuel the trend further.

This was plainly evident at the 2010 ISC West Conference and Exposition in March in Las Vegas. Texas Instruments introduced a security camera system-on-chip for full high-definition resolution with a co-processor for analytics. VideoIQ unveiled a line of cameras with 500 gigabytes of storage, enough to hold two months of 1080p recording at 5 fps.

But when processing, intelligence and storage are distributed, it forces changes in network design and management--another way physical security technology is following the IT curve. In the video report below, we talk to March Networks, Milestone Systems, Avigilon and Pivot3 for their perspectives on how intelligence at the edge affects functions at the center.

Distributed processing and intelligence are a natural extension of convergence. Open interfaces and platforms make it easier to move once-centralized functions, such as recording, storage and analytics to cameras and encoders, to the so-called edge of the network. The year-to-year decline in the cost of processing power and storage only fuel the trend further.

This was plainly evident at the 2010 ISC West Conference and Exposition in March in Las Vegas. Texas Instruments introduced a security camera system-on-chip for full high-definition resolution with a co-processor for analytics. VideoIQ unveiled a line of cameras with 500 gigabytes of storage, enough to hold two months of 1080p recording at 5 fps.

But when processing, intelligence and storage are distributed, it forces changes in network design and management--another way physical security technology is following the IT curve. In the video report below, we talk to March Networks, Milestone Systems, Avigilon and Pivot3 for their perspectives on how intelligence at the edge affects functions at the center.

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