We came together at ASIS, September 2012 in Philadelphia and made good progress with Plugfest – The Media Services Proxy (MSP) CDN program for validating the interoperability of your IP Surveillance cameras with the Cisco Network. We shared with you the capabilities of MSP, the value it can bring for you, and had a live lab where we tested (plug-and-play) your cameras with the MSP software at the event.
Since then we have been working with many of you on getting you on boarded with the CDN program so you could be our official partners, and have also been working on analyzing the lab data we gathered at ASIS.
We will be at ISC West 2013 to share our progress and next steps with you. I take great pleasure in inviting you to our sessions at ISC West –
In an increasingly connected world, Big Data is the latest buzzword making the rounds of venture capitalists and enterprising young startups. It offers the opportunity to turn raw data into business-impacting insights to boost sales, cut costs, and decrease cycle times. A similar revolution is happening in Video. Thanks to Moore’s law, ever higher pixel counts, and manufacturing improvements, cameras (and more importantly the software to analyze the video they capture) are proliferating. These new technologies take video surveillance to an all new level. While protecting people and assets, they can also count the number of people waiting in line at a checkout counter, generate a heat-map of the most-trafficked area of the store, and help streamline traffic flows on busy street. These increasingly intelligent camera systems will create a new capability we call Video Intelligence. This is similar to Business Intelligence, or data-mining, except that by turning video into information, it turns every camera into a real-time sensor of the real world.
Physical Security-enabled Business Transformation
The benefits of video intelligence will enable businesses and governments to radically transform the way they do business and deliver services. A video intelligence system will be an integral part of an organization’s IT infrastructure. It will run on a converged network and will connect every branch to the data centers. This will lead to a proliferation of cameras and a need to bring back the video and analytics data in realtime. We believe that this will lead to a dramatic increase in the scale of the deployment of video. Hyperscale deployments require systems capable of digesting huge video flows.
So what is a hyperscale system?
A hyperscale system is one that is capable of providing massive amounts of information and real-time intelligence to people and devices at massive scale for a specific purpose, at global scale. For example, think of Google, the GPS systems you use to navigate, Apple’s Siri voice recognition system or IBM’s Watson. The emergence of hyperscale systems and the need for them, have changed the way we work, live learn and play.
Introducing Cisco Video Surveillance Manager 7.0
On Sept 6, Cisco announced Video Surveillance Manager 7.0, the industry’s first end to end system built from the ground-up and certified to run in Cisco’s UCS virtualized computing environments delivering all of the IP-based applications for Connected Physical Security together as an integrated end-to-end system. These new solutions now make it possible for customers in healthcare, public sector and retail to move beyond traditional basic safety and security surveillance deployments and use video to transform the way they run their businesses through hyper-scalability and ease of configuration. Cisco also introduced a compete new line of IP video surveillance cameras, an extension of its medianet strategy and remote management services, to help IT and security teams partner to implement very-large scale video deployments.
These new systems are capable of providing significantly greater benefits to businesses and organizations worldwide. hyperscale physical security systems will deliver intelligence and business capabilities at a fraction of the cost, and complexity of traditional physical security systems.
Powered by Cisco’s award winning Cisco Unified Computing System and Unified Data Center / Virtualization technologies, and end-to-end Medianet technologies and architectures these new systems are now becoming much faster, denser, and far simpler to use, manage and deploy, providing more than 10 times improvement in performance, space savings and TCO. Cisco’s new hyperscale systems are capable of supporting more than 10,000 streams of video on a single integrated system, with integrated applications. Hyperscale systems have the advantage they can support the needs of not only security but also can be used for business operations, day to day, to improve efficiency and to deliver new capabilities to government and enterprise businesses.
To learn more, please check out the links below or stop by to see Cisco’s new hyperscale systems at ASIS 2012 in Philadephia (booth #213): http://www.cisco.com/go/asis
Physical security has March Madness. And you might get it too, if you manage Cisco UCS and run video surveillance applications. Or if you attended ISC West this week in Vegas, where virtualization was all the buzz.
Our hot news is the virtualization of video surveillance on Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS). This has potentially profound implications on two big operational costs: data center management and safety and security operations.
Before installing IP cameras at your small business, make sure you understand the potential “gotchas”.
Small businesses install surveillance cameras for many reasons. They keep your business and assets safe, improve productivity, and can provide a strategic advantage. Today’s IP cameras and monitoring software make it easy for any small business to manage its own surveillance. But before you aim any cameras at your front door or shop floor, make sure you carefully consider all of the legal ramifications of setting up video surveillance. There are more legal ”gotchas“ than just what you can and cannot record.