VideoIQ introduces an IP based security video recording solution that combines solutions to both the video analytics and DVR storage issues. By putting 16 GB of storage on the camera itself, the system is completely scalable. But putting video analytics on the camera itself, they have simplified the setup and management of video analytics, and essentially made the cameras intelligent.
One of the problems in the security camera (CCTV) is storage. Too often people record video in low resolution (giving up the essential evidence) in order to accommodate 30 days or more of storage for a large number of cameras. While raw storage is getting cheaper by the day, it's still expensive when one adds up the complete cost to deploy the servers, backup systems, and IT maintenance required for a large disk array. Because of this cost, people end-up not deploying the appropriate amount of storage to do the job. This problem gets worse as the number of cameras grows, the storage array at some point cannot keep up with the data rate. By making each camera its one storage unit, the entire DVR is eliminated, eliminating the largest source of complexity in the system.
With the storage in the camera, as a camera is added, the storage is automatically added. In fact, with the VideoIQ system, as camera's are added, video intelligence is added as well. So no more expensive analytics storage to deploy.
One concern with putting the storage in the camera is disk drive failure. Historically, DVR's have had high disk failure rates because a DVR writes data and PC grade drives were not designed for constant write (serve grade drives are, however). VideoIQ overcomes this obstacle with a very innovative approach of integrating a solid state memory device along with a hard drive and video analytics. Because they have video analytics built into the camera, the intelligence can decide when to record and what to record. The camera can actually turn-off the disk drive most of the time, recording to solid-state memory. Then when things get hot, it can spin the drive back up and start writing. In this manner, they can extend the life of the drive to 10 years.