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Vertical Focus: Video Surveillance

From securing the U.S.-Mexican border to searching city streets for possible terrorist threats, video surveillance is shaping up to be a massive consumer of storage this year. With IBM throwing down a rumored $350 million for digital storage specialist XIV earlier this week, and Samsung unveiling a surveillance-specific hard-drive, the storage industry is gearing up for a flood of image-based data.

Here are some of the key surveillance areas to keep an eye on during 2008:

Border Security

Arguably the highest profile, and most controversial, surveillance project underway in the U.S. is the Secure Border Initiative (SBI), an ambitious Department of Homeland Security project to lock down the country's borders.

Boeing, which is better known as an aircraft manufacturer, was awarded the 2006 contract to build the SBI technology infrastructure in a deal said to be worth an initial $2 billion, rising to $8 billion.

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