AUSTIN, Texas, April 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Video surveillance by law enforcement agencies continues to rise, providing a number of benefits to society, including better training of officers, public accountability and transparency, and more successful criminal prosecutions. While the cost of video recording devices continues to drop, allowing them to be deployed more affordably across agencies, the need for massive amounts of long-term storage that can meet the regulations for both privacy and chain of evidence is a more-problematic and expensive endeavor. A mixture of on-premise storage enabled by object storage on commodity servers and using a fully managed cloud solution is the best choice for storing video for law enforcement agencies, say experts at Caringo®.
Most cameras utilized in police cars record events in standard definition (around 1 GB/hour) and it is common to have three or more cameras per vehicle. Body cameras at 720 dpi high-definition resolution consume about 2.5 GB/hour of storage – 150 percent more than SD. Any of these cameras upped to 1080 HD resolution consume about 5 GB/hour, 400 percent more than SD. Each additional recording device and/or each increase in resolution exponentially increases video storage capacity need.
This leads to the question, "Are higher resolutions and all those cameras needed?" The short answer is, "Yes." Every new iPhone and Android on the market now films at 1080 dpi. The public and governing agencies are used to seeing video at that resolution. Chances are, if law enforcement isn't filming at 1080, someone else is. And in today's litigious society, it is best to have the highest quality evidence available to provide the best protection and training.
Another thing to consider is that video resolution continues to improve. Someone walking into a local electronics store would find a wide assortment of next-generation 4K TVs. 4K video at its most compressed state is 45 GB/hour. That represents almost 10 times 1080 HD and 45 times current SD storage needs. 5K and 6K resolutions are right around the corner.
"Recording and storing law enforcement video is just the tip of the iceberg," said Adrian Herrera, Caringo Vice President of Marketing. "Once videos are stored, there is a need to protect them, offer secure access and ensure they haven't been tampered with. The good news is that agencies have some excellent choices for storing video. With Caringo Swarm, we were able to help the City of Austin solve their video storage challenges on standard servers with a solution that is both scalable and more cost effective than other storage alternatives available."
Offered as a complete software appliance, Swarm provides a storage platform for data protection, management, organization and search at massive scale. Users no longer need to migrate data into disparate solutions for long-term preservation, delivery and analysis. Organizations can consolidate all files on Swarm, find the data they are looking for quickly, and reduce total cost of ownership by continuously evolving hardware and optimizing use of their resources.
Caringo was founded in 2005 to change the economics of storage by designing software from the ground up to solve the issues associated with data protection, management, organization and search at massive scale. Caringo's flagship product, Swarm, eliminates the need to migrate data into disparate solutions for long-term preservation, delivery and analysis—radically reducing total cost of ownership. Today, Caringo software is the foundation for simple, bulletproof, limitless storage solutions for the Department of Defense, the Brazilian Federal Court System, City of Austin, Telefónica, British Telecom, Ask.com, Johns Hopkins University and hundreds more worldwide. Visit www.caringo.com to learn more.
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