How to contain the data deluge of video surveillance industry?

Video surveillance market is witnessing explosive growth- about three times that of a broader IT market. This is due to the fact that the public sector is capturing higher quality data from drones, body worn cameras, in-car video, surveillance, digital content and other new sources.

Additionally, data retention or the time needed to keep video surveillance data has greatly increased in recent times. A few years ago, organizations used to store data for a max of 14 days. Today public sector videos are being stored for one to three years and in some cases for more than 7 years.

If all this data generation is taken into account, industry will witness agencies struggling to manage, store, and secure massive amounts of video footage.

Traditionally speaking, just five years ago, a public sector agency would need to store roughly 4 to 6 terabytes of data for an entire system. And that was a lot of data at that time.

Today, the average amount of total data stored by a public sector organization is 200 to 300 terabytes, with many storing multiple Petabytes. Imagine what that number will be five years from now.

That’s why the public sector needs to move to an enterprise-class open storage and compute platform for digital evidence.

Earlier, public sector agencies used to take the usual black box approach. As soon as the need to adopt a new technology raised, they used to buy an appliance where the software, storage and compute are all self contained; then stack 20 or 30 of them together and call it a day. But this type of architecture is now not working in practical, especially in large scale surveillance environments.

Here comes the enterprise approach where organizations are allowed to look across all the applications and to create a public safety data lake where all of the video evidence is being stored and managed on a common infrastructure. The technology of virtualization has also helped the perpetuation of enterprise architecture in the field of video surveillance.

In an enterprise architecture

  • Multiple data types can be stored on the same platform eliminating the need for users to have individual or independent storage platform for each data set. This creates a public safety data pool for all of the public data.
  • Users going for an enterprise storage platform can accommodate an agency’s current data lifecycle as well as what will be needed in next five years. On an additional note, this approach offers a cost effective and easy way to manage data migration.
  • As everything is centralized, implementation of data security and data management functionalities will be easy.
  • The solution should be open platform- means it should support recording for all major security camera brands.

Will all these steps lead to a future proof solution?

In near future, drones will become more common; body cams will be used in schools, hospitals and prisons; and there will be more use cases than we can think of — all of them requiring even more storage. It truly is a big data problem.

Agencies that invest in the right infrastructure and build out a public safety data lake, however, will be more prepared to handle what comes next than those that just buy the latest and greatest black boxes which in the end prove as data swamps.

This will eliminate having to re-architect the solution every time a new endpoint or new evidence input is added.

Finally, all that the agencies need or desire for is a platform which can handle their requirements not only on a current note, but also in near future.

DNF Security, a business unit of DNF Corporation offers video surveillance related recording and storage solutions which not only cater to its user’s present needs, but can grow along with their business

DNF Falcon series high-capacity systems are ideal for high volume environments with data intensive applications. With increasing demand for longer archive time, better video resolution and higher frame rates, each high-capacity Falcon solution ensures maximized data retention and scalable performance.

High performance features include the latest hexa (six), octa (eight), deca (ten), dodeca (twelve), tetradeca (fourteen), hexadeca (sixteen) or octadeca (eighteen) core Haswell-EP Xeons in single or dual processor configurations, up to 256GB of DDR4 system memory, and teamed 1 Gigabit or 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity.

DNF fault-tolerant data storage come in a convenient, space-saving 4U rack mount chassis with hot-swappable drives and trays supporting storage capacities up to 288TB. RAID 0,1,5,6,10,50,60 can be implemented on the system for data protection.

A RAID cache flash memory backup module helps protect against data loss in the event of an environmental power failure.

DNF Security base configuration provides quad 1 Gigabit ports teamed together and load-balanced for 4Gb of Ethernet connectivity. Users can also upgrade to the on-board quad 10Gb configuration or choose from a variety of 10Gb Ethernet server adapters with RJ-45, SFP+, SR Optical, or LR Optical connectivity.

All DNF Security Falcon video recording and storage solutions are compatible with industry leading security cameras and video management softwares.

All DNF Security Falcon Series Video Storage appliances support an optional Cloud Connection for video archiving. Live recordings continue to be stored directly on the Falcon’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. This helps users in curtailing the spiraling operational costs of storing surveillance videos on premises.

As the need for more video storage arises, more storage nodes can be added.

So, with all these eye-popping features DNF Security video recording and storage products can be tagged as future proof video storage solutions in video surveillance field.

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