Seagate Launches First Drive for AI-Enabled Surveillance

Seagate Technology has announced its SkyHawk AI hard disk drive, the first drive create specifically for artificial intelligence enabled video surveillance solutions.

Building on Seagate’s 10-year track record of delivering surveillance optimised storage performance, SkyHawk AI provides unprecedented bandwidth and processing power to manage always-on, data-intensive workloads, while simultaneously analysing and recording footage from multiple HD cameras.

“The use of AI technology in surveillance is steadily increasing – both in the edge and backend installations such as retail fronts and large city traffic management. Seagate has led the surveillance storage market since its early days, a decade ago, by delivering industry leading HDD products that have enabled more than 5X increase in Exabytes during this time period,” said Sai Varanasi, Vice President Product Line Management at Seagate Technology.

“We are excited to introduce smart, purpose-built SkyHawk AI solutions that expand the design space for our customers and partners, allowing them to implement next-generation deep learning and video analytics applications.”

Analytics on video surveillance hardware is growing exponentially, forecasted to increase from 27.6 million shipments in 2016 to 126 million shipments in 2021. This will only increase as AI – particularly deep learning and machine learning applications - becomes increasingly prevalent.

“Video analytics has been evolving over the past 10 years and is garnering a lot of attention these days due to the use of AI. Dahua Technology made an early start in AI applications and has since made several achievements in the industry, for example, the newly launched IVSS series,” said Yang Shengwei, Products and Solutions Director, Domestic Sales Operation Centre of Dahua Technology. “As a strategic partner, Seagate’s advanced technology will help Dahua to reach a new top in the AI field. We hope with the newly launched SkyHawk AI drive we can boost the AI application across the surveillance industry.”

SkyHawk AI is ideal for intensive computational workloads that typically accompany AI word streams, as its high throughput and enhanced caching deliver low latency and excellent random read performance to quickly locate and deliver video images and footage analysis. This enables on-the-edge decision making, eliminating the latency of exchanging cloud-based data and processing. Equipped with Seagate’s ImagePerfect AI firmware, the drive reliably records high-quality, sharp video footage with no dropped frames, while simultaneously facilitating AI-enabled NVR analytics – ensuring that intelligence gathered through video surveillance footage is not lost.

“With the rapid advancement of IoT, cloud computing and big data, we’re entering an intelligent security era. AI is now prevalent in the security market and will be driving the development of the industry in coming years,” said Li Lin, Vice President of Uniview.

“Data storage is a key factor for surveillance and we believe with the SkyHawk AI drive we can optimise the performance of Uniview’s systems and increase value for our clients.”

For more information on Seagate’s SkyHawk line of drives, as well as the full Seagate Guardian Series, please visit www.seagate.com/internal-hard-drives.  

Every SkyHawk AI drive is covered by a 5-year limited warranty, and is bundled with a 2-year coverage from Seagate Rescue Services. The SkyHawk AI hard drive is available in 10TB for $449.99 and 8TB for $349.

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