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5 fast-growing government uses for video surveillance

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The use of video surveillance technology — including VSaaS (video surveillance as a service), biometrics and analog — is expected to grow each year by about 17 percent worldwide from 2016-2022, according to a market research report by The research firm projects the global market for video surveillance to top $71 billion by 2022.

Banks, retailers and other commercial enterprises have and will continue to AdobeStock_40640074-564957-edited.jpeghave the largest share of the market, according to the firm’s report. These enterprises deploy video surveillance systems mostly to provide building safety, monitor inventory and property, and reduce criminal acts.

But government agencies will also grow their use of the technology at a high rate. Here are some of fastest-growing public-sector uses of video surveillance, according to and other research reports.

Transportation: Important transport routes, highways, bridges, and downtown streets are being increasingly monitored, for traffic safety and license-plate recognition, as well as for criminal activities. This is in addition to already heavy monitoring of airports, train stations, ports, and bus terminals, largely for security purposes.

Event venues: Stadiums, arenas, parks, and public recreation areas will see greater video surveillance in coming years, as these crowded areas need to be monitored for public safety and security.

Defense and border patrol: Video surveillance and biometrics surveillance systems are increasingly used by military forces to monitor army bases, border areas, and arms inventories.

Education: The rise in recent violence and other security concerns have prompted an increase in video surveillance at K-12 schools and colleges and universities.

Police using body cameras: More and more municipal and local governments around the world are equipping their police forces with body cameras to document police interactions with the public.

Where will all of this video surveillance footage by stored? Governments are increasingly turning to cloud services to provide secure, efficient storage as well as quick access to video footage on demand.

Microsoft Azure cloud services will continue to provide public agencies with secure, cost-effective, long-term storage within the cloud, as well as indexing and access capabilities. Read more about how other government agencies are leveraging Azure for video storage and access.

Is your agency in the market for cost-effective video storage? Contact DynTek for a free consultation about using Microsoft Azure services.