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| Body-Worn Cameras record audio, video and metadata
| Data archives can be very large to cope with camera numbers and retention policy
| Local storage with cloud access is recommended for long retention policies
Body-Worn Camera Storage
Body-worn cameras (BWCs) are devices worn by individuals, typically law enforcement officers and emergency service professionals, to record audio and video footage from their point of view, plus GPS location. The storage of video from body-worn cameras is a critical aspect to ensure the integrity, security, and accessibility of the recorded data. BWCs have built-in storage where data is initially stored. Typically BWCs are placed in a docking station after use, which offloads the data to a main archive and recharges the BWC battery at the same time. Although individual BWCs store modest amounts of combined video, audio and metadata, the BWC data storage capacity requirements for archiving can be very high. There are two reasons for this: 1)There may be a high number of BWCs in any system (a police force may have thousands of BWCs in use) 2)The retention time for BWC can be anywhere from 6 month to 5 years, depending on application, jurisdiction and organisation. Some BWC manufacturers offer cloud-based archiving on a subscription basis, but this can be very expensive for many cameras and long retention times. For the latter, a hybrid of local storage with cloud-based access and incident may be optimum. Veracity is developing a COLDSTORE solution for BWC storage, as it is ideal for long-retention video, audio and meta-data storage with the lowest possible total cost of ownership.
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