Federal IT Workers See Benefits of Video Surveillance
The study suggests that working together is a critical piece of the plot, since agencies that require collaboration are significantly ahead.An overwhelming 99 percent of Feds believe that video surveillance technology will continue to play a significant role in their ability to prevent crime, theft, and terrorism over the next five years, according to a MeriTalk and EMC survey of 151 federal decision makers, evenly split between physical security and IT managers. Survey respondents now use video surveillance for monitoring suspicious behavior (57 percent), monitoring traffic (49 percent), and detecting anomalies (38 percent). Looking to the future, federal officials see vast potential in integrating video and big data analytics to enable instant event search, facial recognition, and inter-agency real-time surveillance. At present, less than half of civilian agencies (47 percent) collaborate as part of their standard operating procedure. However, the Department of Defense ranks significantly higher on collaboration at 78 percent. "Surveillance video is yet another fast-growing component of the big data opportunity. Federal IT practitioners are being asked to deliver a secure, always-on infrastructure that’s capable of collecting and intelligently parsing through massive amounts of information -- including video, audio, images, and traditional database information — from a variety of sources," Michael Gallant, senior director of video surveillance for EMC, told eWEEK.
Gallant explained that a federal data lake platform can enable federal IT workers to quickly gather and analyze video and other data sets, both in real-time and after-the-fact, for the purposes of situational awareness, predictive analysis and forensic investigation.