Video surveillance data: The IT challenge lurking behind our public safety

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Video surveillance plays a vital role in keeping us safe. Away from the Big Brother caricature that is sometimes presented, the UK’s 4 million-plus CCTV cameras help keep our streets safe and our property secure. But managing video content on this scale brings its own challenges.

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Video data requires a great deal more storage space than text or image-based content and with the amount of CCTV footage being recorded daily, storage must be rapidly scalable. What’s more, CCTV video data may be sensitive for the individual being filmed, but of great interest to the public at large. Take, for example, video footage of a mugging. The individual victims may wish to remain anonymous, but the police and the wider public need the footage in order to prosecute the perpetrator. As a result, CCTV video data must have the highest levels of both security and reliability.

Storage

The fact that CCTV cameras require full motion, high definition video streams, sometimes running 24 hours-a-day, means that general purpose IT storage is often not up to the task in terms of data quality and availability.

In addition, camera systems are operated in a different way to many other IT applications, making the task of data storage somewhat different. With other IT tools, an end-user will quickly notify the operator if a service is performing below the expected standard, but CCTV cameras will continue to capture footage, regardless of whether back-end IT infrastructure is keeping up. If it isn’t, you may find that a crucial piece of video data is not at the quality you need, or not stored at all.

Pivot3’s hyperconverged vSTAC OS platform manages video data differently. This technology has been optimised to deliver the highest performance levels for CCTV workloads. Currently operating across more than 1 million HD cameras across 53 countries, Pivot3 delivers enterprise-class storage that protects your surveillance platform from data loss and failures. vSTAC OS transformstraditional servers into purpose-built, highly fault-tolerant virtual shared storage arrays that support even the most demanding, data-intensive video applications.

Security

Of course, with something as serious as CCTV footage, security is paramount. If an external party interfered with surveillance data by, it would be much more difficult for a charged offense to stand in court. Pivot3’s Virtual Security Server ensures, businesses can access their video data remotely wherever and whenever they need to, while maintaining the level of access control that they need.

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As well as access control, organisations also require 100 percent confidence in their stored data. Whereas traditional SANs can lead to data loss, Pivot3 solutions maximise throughput to reduce dropped frames and image degradation. With Pivot3’s hyperconverged infrastructure solutions, video surveillance data has become easier to manage than ever before. Whether you work in the military, police or events management, video surveillance is a crucial part of keeping the public safe. However, in order to guarantee this safety, you need an IT solution that can deliver high definition video data securely and reliably 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week.

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