Digital Video Surveillance
Digital video surveillance systems now play a crucial role in helping businesses secure both their employees and their property. Cameras strategically placed at points of ingress/egress (for example, a company’s front desk) enable a visual record to be kept of everyone who enters and exits a property, while positioning additional cameras near a company’s loading docks and within its warehouses helping to ensure that inventories remain protected.
Storing the voluminous quantity of visual data that such cameras generate can pose a number of challenges. Companies must be able to quickly access onsite or local copies of data for rapid review/analysis in the event of a security breach. In addition, removable or offsite copies are required for evidentiary use by law enforcement and in judicial proceedings, and for analysis by external security firms. To ensure such video evidence hasn’t been compromised, tamper-proof and highly-secure data sets are essential in today’s business environments.
To solve the above storage challenges, the ideal video surveillance storage solution should include these key capabilities:
Surveillance System Scalability
The ability to easily increase storage capacity as needs change has multiple benefits; more video cameras can be added to improve a surveillance system’s coverage, and faster frame rates and higher image resolution (which result in much larger file sizes) can be employed to enhance the effectiveness of tools such as facial recognition software.
Connect to Data Storage Networks
IP-based surveillance storage appliances enable businesses to connect their IP cameras through their network to those appliances, in order to store local copies of surveillance video; this network connectivity also allows replication to another storage appliance at an offsite location for remote copies of surveillance videos, or replication to a cloud storage provider.
Portability for eDiscovery Investigations
Video storage media must be readily available for physical transport so that any evidence it contains can be quickly reviewed by offsite organizations such as law enforcement agencies and legal teams. Removable media meets this need, and also facilitates storing video data in a secure offsite facility to ensure it can’t be tampered with or altered.
To learn more about how you can solve your surveillance data storage challenges, visit the backup and recovery and archiving sections for more information.