Managing vast amounts of law enforcement video
By Javier Vasquez on October 14, 2015
Filed under Microsoft in Government
As law enforcement agencies turn to increasing their use of video evidence, the Microsoft government cloud is quickly becoming the platform of choice for managing and storing all of this information.
The Memphis Police Department (MPD), is moving to data driven policing by capturing video and rich meta data to allow MPD to make immediate and long-term decisions to improve public safety. So when it decided to equip its 900-vehicle fleet with in-car video cameras, it chose the Getac Veretos In-Car Video Management System with the Getac Zero Dark Camera integrated with the Getac Veretos Cloud, a highly secure and massively scalable evidence management system built on the Microsoft Azure Government cloud platform.
Over time, the amount of in-car video footage collected by the MPD is expected to add up to more than a petabyte of data. By basing its evidence management system on Getac Veretos, operating on the Microsoft Azure Government platform, the police department has a highly scalable and cost-effective way of managing and storing this vast amount of video and meta data. MPD can access its data in a secure environment without adding internal infrastructure and hidden costs and at the same time scale in an elastic infrastructure such as Azure Government Cloud. The system allows for real time technology logs, reports and diagnostic tools.
For its part, Getac built its cloud-based evidence management solution on the Microsoft Azure Government platform for several reasons:
- Availability, reliability, and performance: SQL Database offers a relational database-as-a-service that Getac customers can use to quickly scale performance up (100’s of millions of data points) and down as their needs change, while obtaining enterprise-level availability, reliability, and data protection features.
- Cost-effective storage: Microsoft Azure Government provides reliable and economical cloud storage that allows Getac customers to store petabytes of video information, a proposition that would be cost prohibitive for many law enforcement agencies to achieve on-premises.
- Compliance and certifications: Microsoft designed Microsoft Azure Government specifically for government customers. Particularly important to Getac customers is Microsoft’s rigorous approach to compliance with the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) security policy, in which it has contractually committed itself to meeting CJIS agreements for federal, state, and local governments.
- Support for open source: The Microsoft Azure Government platform supports a large and growing number of open-source applications, frameworks, and languages, giving Getac customers a wide range of choices for the products they use.
As the partnership with Getac demonstrates, the Microsoft Azure Government cloud platform is a great place to store and manage the rapidly growing amount of law enforcement evidence. As Tom Guzik, President of IRSA Video (Getac Veretos software) said: “Our partnership with Microsoft offers our customers the Veretos Cloud evidence management solution using Azure Government Cloud to manage secure data services at an affordable price. The two products together provide customers the ability to collect and handle large amounts of storage without the hidden cost and burden of housing the data onsite.”
Increasingly, government customers like MPD are turning to Microsoft Azure Government to meet their mission-critical needs. And as we listen to their feedback, we continue to improve the platform with new releases and features. In fact, we recently announced several new compliance certifications specific to Azure Government.
In addition, we just announced several new Azure Government capabilities that include everything from improved back-up to new features that let government customers automate time-consuming cloud management tasks. To learn more, please see our blog post, “