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WD strengthens surveillance storage portfolio with AI and ML advancements

Full Edge-To-Core Surveillance Portfolio Adds 12TB Western Digital Purple Drive with The Ability to Apply Machine Learning and AI to Enhance Safety and Security

To help enable the surveillance industry’s evolution to increasingly higher resolution cameras and new applications requiring real-time edge analytics, Western Digital Corporation has expanded its surveillance portfolio with the introduction of the industry’s highest capacity, deep-learning-capable, surveillance-class drive, Western Digital Purple 12TB drive with exclusive AllFrame AI technology. The newest addition to Western Digital’s surveillance portfolio creates new possibilities in video surveillance by supporting the capture of multiple high resolution video streams while simultaneously accessing recorded video to support deep learning and analytics. This capability is purpose-built for emerging DVR and NVR systems with Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities in that it supports real-time detection of AI-triggered events at the point of capture with continuous background learning.

“Network video recording systems are getting smart,” said Brendan Collins, vice president product marketing, devices business unit, Western Digital. “AI-enabled NVRs are being architected for new GPUs and CPUs to improve overall deep-learning capability and to speed algorithms related to object recognition and facial recognition. NVRs with deep learning require greater storage capacity and more sophisticated processing, versus individual cameras, to perform more advanced analytics, such as location of an individual face image from weeks or months of stored video, or creation of traffic heat maps from hours of retail surveillance video.”

The Western Digital Purple 12TB surveillance-class drives enable higher capacity storage for all compatible video surveillance systems. Western Digital Purple 10TB and 12TB capacities feature exclusive AllFrame AI technology designed specifically for AI-enabled systems. This allows the drives to support up to twice as many AI channels (16 AI channels/32 AI streams) than the competition and is future ready for more capable next generation systems to enable the on-going evolution of deep learning and video analytics in the surveillance market.

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