Recent very public incidents involving residents and police have sparked a conversation of the value of equipping police with on-body video surveillance—not for security monitoring, but to provide law enforcement and citizens with a single source of truth. Cambridge University recently completed a study of the police department in Rialto, California—a city of about 100,000—where they saw an 89% reduction in the number of complaints against officers in a year-long trial using body cameras.
Without accurate video evidence taken at the point of an incident, it becomes almost impossible to know what really happened. And in the absence of visual proof, assumptions run wild and events can spiral out of control.
Police forces and first responders around the world are increasingly using dash-mounted and body-worn video camera technology as an important part of their regular equipment. These cameras provide a way of capturing an officer’s point-of-view (POV) experience and help ensure that as events unfold, departments have an accurate record of what really happened. Think about how different things would be in Ferguson if officers had been wearing such a device!
The footage captured by these body cameras is critical to improving the accuracy of incident reports as well as helping to identify potential misconduct. All of this video needs to be stored for further analysis and potential use in criminal prosecutions. Video from an actual crime will then typically need to be stored for years and depending on the severity of the crime perhaps for decades. You can imagine how much video content that is…dozens to hundreds of cameras, recording for hours every day and then saving much of it for years. That’s a lot of data…which means lots of storage.
But how do local agencies and governments that are strapped for funding afford the amount of storage needed to keep up with all this video content? By implementing a more intelligent data management workflow that has the performance to ingest all the incoming content along with the low-cost storage capacity to preserve it. This is the Quantum Information Workflow—a smarter approach to storage infrastructure designed to enable large-scale video surveillance collection and preservation at half the cost of legacy storage vendors. A Quantum solution consisting of high-performance storage capable of supporting thousands of incoming camera streams, extended public or private cloud storage for fast access to content and tape libraries for the lowest cost of long-term video storage all managed and automated by StorNext 5 data management delivers an ideal infrastructure for video surveillance workflows.