The deluge of data: It’s not just stuff, it’s information!
The physical security industry has had a love hate (mostly hate) relationship with the concept of data. We like to think in terms of events (door openings) or video streams. It usually doesn’t cross our minds that those things are actually data. Especially if it is digitized on a hard drive or through a video encoder. If only we could get it through our thick skulls (thickened by doing things pretty much the same way for the last 700 years), then we could realize the tremendous benefits of data management.
What did you do the last time you were faced with millions and billions of bits of information? You organized it and made sense out of it and made use of it with computer software. Applications like word processors and Internet browsers take that overwhelming volume of data and turn it into pictures of your kids, emails to your boss, or magazine columns like this one. It is the most natural thing in the world and one of the most common ways we add value to our personal lives and to our business. So why not do the same with access control, video surveillance, event management?
If you had been a part of the SecurityDreamer PSIM technology summit in Bethesda Maryland on June 4th, you would have come to an epiphany or two about the power and potential of the data at our disposal. That deluge of data is ready to be organized by some very cool software available today from companies like those that sponsored the event. Vidsys’ situation management console that aggregates and correlates data from dozens of sources; Cernium’s analytics digest video into action packed moments of interesting information; Vialogy’s software translates just about any kind of sensor into a data source; Axis Communication’s network cameras turn video images into data at the source; and Cisco’s video transmission and management infrastructure speeds the flow of access and video event data across any network.
You have all the tools at your disposal to turn the “stuff” of security into information for your business. So do it already!