With the benefits of digitally recording video, digital surveillance systems are surging. Storing video on CD's or DVD's has many advantages compared to the alternative, videotapes. For analog recordings (tapes), a separate video recorder is required for each camera in operation which takes up space and money. These videotapes become useless over the years as they begin to deteriorate. Colors and images may become distorted and prove worthless. On the other hand, digitally recorded video can easily be indexed and stored with no worries.
According to The New York Times, in 2002, the annual sales of digital surveillance products was $5.7 billion in the United States. By 2005, the yearly sales increased to $8.5 billion.
Digital recordings provide a safer, more effective way to deal with security. A major advantage proves to be the ability to transfer images/video data over a network. This available quickness should prove to be useful for law enforcement as they continue to integrate this valuable technology. It is recommended for companies and private owners of surveillance cameras to switch to digitally recorded video if they have not done so already. It can save plenty of time as well as plenty of money.