Digital monitoring systems have become a standard practice within urban settings to help coordinate emergency responses, route traffic, and deliver enhanced security for citizens. To deliver these services in a coordinated fashion, Shanghai Ideal created the Global Eye digital monitoring system. The system links image information from previously independent image collection points through to a broadband networked video monitoring platform. Using this centralized architecture and a tiered distributed storage system, Shanghai Ideal was able to roll out video services across previously separated regions. “Video monitoring has become part of our lives,” says Dr. Ding Fujiang of the Research and Development Center of Shanghai Ideal. “From a project as big as dam surveillance to one as small as monitoring supermarkets, digital video monitoring continues to play an important role in ensuring efficient monitoring and information transfer. However, the conventional video monitoring system operates individually, and there is no link between systems. Shanghai Ideal launched the Global Eye digital monitoring system to address this problem.” Intel. Proven in production at some of the most demanding enterprise deployments in the world, the Intel Distribution is supported by experts at Intel with deep optimization experience in the Apache Hadoop software stack as well knowledge of the underlying processor, storage, and networking components.