US Department of Justice’s office of Community Oriented Policing Services in 2014 has decided to make body worn cameras mandatory for cops serving in United States. The cameras help improve the high-quality public service expected of police officers and promote the perceived legitimacy and sense of procedural justice that communities have about their police departments.
However, although, the law is almost a year old now, it’s still slowly picking up when it comes to implementation stage in the police departments. The main reason for its low adoption rate is the costs involved and associated with the law of implementing body cameras in police departments.
So, if buying and implementing body worn cameras is one hiccup, storing the crucial video evidence from these cameras becomes another big trouble in their adoption and implementation.
In this article, let us keep aside the costs involved in purchasing the equipment and focus a bit on the storage.
FYI, each body worn camera can cost around $450 in open market and has the capability of generating around 32GB-65GB( depends on factors like when the officer is recording, how much time the scenario lasts and such) of data on daily basis on an average. If this is taken into account, imagine how much terabytes of storage is needed by a bunch of cameras on weekly, monthly and yearly basis?
Here’s where DNF understands the fundamental shift occurring between police and the public in terms of accountability. It offers rugged, reliable, integrated IP video solutions for law enforcement.
The highlight is that DNF Security Video storage appliances can be integrated to a cloud storage platform. By doing so live recordings continue to be stored directly on the Falcon appliance’s local storage, while archived footage can be written to and read from a secure StoneFly Cloud Drive hosted in Microsoft Azure or the StoneFly Cloud Business Center.
By going with such hybrid storage environments, all the latest video evidence is available on site for law enforcement agencies and the archives can be pushed to the cloud storage of the user’s choice.
Remember, only the video footage retrieved from the archives is charged by the IP storage service provider and so costs associated with body cameras can be brought down economically.
Moreover, with cloud based video archives, Police can share data with national criminal databases or with offsite agencies.
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