IBM recently announced its new retail pursuit: security software. IBM’s new software analyzes data from video surveillance cameras in real time, which allows for instant alerts of potential breeches. This new launch, called Smart Surveillance System (S3), collects and distributes data from digital video cameras to computer networks. The software combs through feeds, cross-referencing and analyzing the digital information.

“Comprising an enterprise SAN (Storage Area Network) strategy…is diametrically opposed to what has historically occurred in the physical security business, basically save ‘all’ the video data, throw nothing away. The future is in the storing of huge video volumes and running a variety of new applications against those video images,” said Dan Dunkel, president of New Era Associates, LLC. Plans to sell S3 in combination with other software, security consulting, systems integration and computer hardware is in the works.