INDIA– October 30, 2017 – Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX) announced today its SkyHawk™ AI hard disk drive (HDD), the first drive created specifically for artificial intelligence (AI) enabled video surveillance solutions. Building on Seagate’s 10-year track record of delivering surveillance optimized storage performance, SkyHawk AI provides unprecedented bandwidth and processing power to manage always-on, data-intensive workloads, while simultaneously analyzing and recording footage from multiple HD cameras. Analytics on video surveillance hardware is growing exponentially, forecasted to increase from 27.6 million shipments in 2016 to 126 million shipments in 2021 (Cropley, 2017), as hardware manufacturers continue to include analytics sensors on network video recorders (NVRs). This will only increase as AI – particularly deep learning and machine learning applications, such as facial recognition and analyzing irregularities in behavior – become increasingly prevalent. In parallel, the need for fast video analytics will continue to rise, increasing the workload burden on NVR storage.

“The use of AItechnology in surveillance is steadily increasing - both in the edge andbackend installations such as retail fronts and large city traffic management.Seagate has led the surveillance storage market since its early days, a decadeago, by delivering industry leading HDD products that have enabled more than 5Xincrease in exabytes during this time period,” said Sai Varanasi, vicepresident product line management at Seagate Technology. “We are excited tointroduce smart, purpose-built SkyHawk AI solutions that expand the designspace for our customers and partners, allowing them to implementnext-generation deep learning and video analytics applications.”


SkyHawk AI is idealfor intensive computational workloads that typically accompany AI work streams,as its high throughput and enhanced caching deliver low latency and excellentrandom read performance to quickly locate and deliver video images and footageanalysis. This enables on-the-edge decision making, eliminating the latency ofexchanging cloud-based data and processing. Equipped with Seagate ImagePerfect™AI firmware, the drive reliably records high quality, sharp video footage withno dropped frames, while simultaneously facilitating AI-enabled NVR analytics –ensuring that intelligence gathered through video surveillance footage is notlost.


“As smart cities,smart transportation, and other surveillance programs become more prevalent,the number of surveillance nodes has reached the hundreds of thousands. Due tothe widespread use of high-definition monitoring, the amount of data requiredin security surveillance has dramatically increased. The efficient collection,analysis, and application of data is becoming ever more critical,” said GuoXudong, deputy general manager of domestic sales & marketing, Hikvision.“We are excited that Seagate will launch the industry’s first AI optimizedsurveillance drive which will enable us to efficiently manage data storage andprocessing challenges, including, but not limited to, our DeepinMind NVRseries.”


“Video analytics hasbeen evolving over the past 10 years and is garnering a lot of attention thesedays due to the use of AI. Dahua Technology made an early start in AIapplications and has since made several achievements in the industry, forexample, the newly launched IVSS series,” said Yang Shengwei, products andsolutions director, Domestic Sales Operation Center of Dahua Technology. “As astrategic partner, Seagate’s advanced technology will help Dahua to reach a newtop in the AI field. We hope with the newly launched SkyHawk AI drive we canboost the AI application across the surveillance industry.”


“With the rapidadvancement of IoT, cloud computing, and big data, we’re entering anintelligent security era. AI is now prevalent in the security market and willbe driving the development of the industry in coming years,” said Li Lin, vicepresident of Uniview. “Data storage is a key factor for surveillance and webelieve with the SkyHawk AI drive we can optimize the performance of Uniview’ssystems and increase value for our clients.”


Pricing andAvailability

SkyHawk AI is nowshipping to customers worldwide through appointed authorized distributors. Formore information on Seagate’s SkyHawk line of drives, as well as the fullSeagate Guardian Series, please visit


Every SkyHawk AIdrive is covered by a 5-year limited warranty, and is bundled with a 2-yearcoverage from Seagate Rescue Services. The SkyHawk AI hard drive is availablein both 10TB and 8TB capacities and has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price(MSRP) in the U.S. of $449.99 and $349.99, respectively. 

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