TechSec live blogging

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02/02/2010

So I hate to brag, but I've gotten pretty good at this live blogging thing. I guess that whole "practice makes perfect" thing really does work. So here we are at TechSec Solutions in Delray Beach, Fla. It's another early morning after a long day of presentations and I'm still processing all the information, but excited to take in more today. The first session of the day is the Lightning Round about JPEG2000 Compression for HD Stream management / Video LifeCycle Management.

8am: Dave Tynan from Avigilon starts us out. A lot of information about JPEG2000 and how this technology has been applied in many different industries. (I think I spoke too early about being a master live blogger. I decided to do this as Dave's presentation was wrapping up. My bad.)

8:16 Charles Foley from Timesight is up. Massive change and I can really relate to the CSI paradigm. Reason because of commodization of technology, which is why there's a proliferation of cameras. Now video is actionable data and it's possible because technology and economically it's feasible. There's a natural lifecycle to video. It becomes less important to customers over time, so don't need to keep over long periods of time. It also becomes too expensive. If it was free would you like to keep it longer? Most security directors say yes. But, the cost to keep the video is constant over time, so now we in security industry need to make it cheaper to keep it over long periods of time. Shrink it down further over time.

If you can afford to have higher resolution cameras you get better data and continue to compress it over time and the result is less storage price and still have usable data.

Customers slash storage costs by 60 to 90 percent is impressive for customers. Bottom line taken technology data centers and we recognize there's a natural life cycle and video declines in value over time and with today's technology video can also follow that life cycle and shrink over time and also you can have better video up front.

8:29 Steven Russell from 3VR is next. Smart recorders from 3VR are on top of video intelligence that are built on video search engine and in addition to storing video also actively analyzing information from video and correlating from other systems (i.e. POS) and all that external data is stored in a search engine and powers other applications.

Able to actively analyze and find tidbits of information that are more important than video itself such as facial recognition. Indexes faces and compare to every other person who walked into that bank, for example. Created a browsable web that allows you to search for faces along with transaction details. Even with a light network (56Kp), customers are able to pull back all the video they need.

8:38 Doug Marman with VideoIQ wraps it up. New trend in intelligent storage. Our industry when comes to IP video always taken approach that centralized storage makes the most sense. Unfortunately assumptions are not correct and create problem such as typical data center many users interacting with centralized area. When take a look at sensor network always better to store data at edge. 99.9 percent of time writing video and only 1% actually looking at video and puts different kind of strain on servers. IT crisis in data center because everyone's coming up with more data.

Often overlooked when take video, streamed, you have to have a certain amount of bandwidth. If you have IP cameras and network goes down you've lost all that video - that's a big risk, so often required different networks for video. Another problem is harddrive failure. When they fail you've lost the footage from how many cameras are recording to that harddrive.

VideoIQ iCVR has storage in cameras and video analytics. Store intelligently and some lifecycle management. Harddrive in camera has lots of storage and not taking up bandwidth with storage. solution to come up with dying harddrive by putting 1GB of flashdrive in it so harddrive is "asleep" 96 percent of time and does cold storage so that increases the life of the harddrive.

8:52 Q&A time:

For Dave: Are most companies supporting JPEG2000?

Dave: We find that most robust combination with JPEG coupled with megapixel cameras so gives most efficient compression technologies.

Q: RAID 5 not being as much of an effective solution?

Doug: Designed to write files. The problem with video streaming is that there isn't a break because always downloading and might not have a break until the harddrive is full and when you find an error you don't have a chance to regather that. When drives as small not such a big deal, but with terabyte showing up more and more often. Casinos, which have a lot of harddrives, we're starting to see issues come up on a regular basis where every few months they have a corruption problem where they lose all their data.

Steven: Straight mirroring. Found it was an education issue, now have RAID 5 not better than RAID 1.

Charles: RAID 5 system that are built for enterprise wouldn't find system have hard time keeping up. It's really the build time and if one fails goes to bigger drives and it takes longer to rebuild that failed drive and if a second fails before first repaired, that's where you're exposed.

Stay away from two terabyte drives, they're not ready for prime time.

Q: Merger of IT and physical of security one thing consider video out to camera level and would lose the storage there, it's cheaper to store but more vulnerable?

Doug: What happens to camera? Sending alarm clip so have redundant backup.

Q: JPEG - in network between cameras and server have 45 megapixel in part of stream?

Dave: You can have x number of cameras feed into server and drawing over to work station only what's necessary to display.

9:00 Session is over. Look at that, we finished up on time. That's a first.