Law Enforcement Finds a Scalable Solution in Object Storage
Government agencies facing storage challenges may turn to object storage, reports GCN.
“Popularized as a way for cloud providers to store massive amounts of unstructured data, object storage is scalable and keeps physical footprints manageable. Because it’s available as a service, object storage can also be cost-effective. But its biggest benefit is its ability to meet modern data storage needs,” GCN reports.
Nutanix makes a strong case for object storage, observing that many cities store very high amounts of surveillance video. Requirements to record that video and run analyses on it would require “a non-disruptive scalable backend,” the company says.
In such scenarios, object storage provides law enforcement with an appealing option:
- Cameras feed information to an application running on Windows clients.
- Data is stored in an encrypted object storage bucket, which stays there for about a week’s time.
- Post-processing analytic applications can easily crawl the single namespace and use this data to run facial recognition capabilities. Eventually, portions of data would be moved to another bucket for longer periods of storage.
- Streaming applications are able to load either real-time information or post-processed data and quickly help law enforcement agents.
States like California and Utah turned to Storage as a Service as a means to store a range of data, including audio, video and image files. Vendors also have started to offer on-premises storage solutions like Dell EMC Isilon Swift.
First Responders Eye the Big Picture for Video Data
Meanwhile, more public safety agencies are adopting networks capable of handling the demands of large video streams. AT&T’s FirstNet broadband network enables first responders to access video and stream large amounts of data as priority communications.
“First Responder Network Authority works with AT&T to make sure first responders have a reliable and highly secure connection no matter if there is congestion for wireless services on the network,” says WPTV in a report on how the Riviera Beach Police Department in Palm Beach County, Fla., recently adopted FirstNet.
FirstNet officials are aware of the storage demands of large data streams. The FirstNet authority certified mobile devices and apps designed for first responders. As of March, the authority had approved more than 70 devices.
As capabilities and use cases for high-volume video data increase, more public safety agencies will seek end-to-end solutions for capturing, collecting and archiving video.