Editorial Type: Case Study Date: 2020-10-01 Views: 963 Tags: Storage, Surveillance, Security, Cloud, Replication, Scality, HPE, CTERA PDF Version:
Paul Speciale, Chief Product Officer at Scality, explains how the Irish Prison Service is locking down prison safety with 5,000 cameras and multi petabytes of storage

Prison video surveillance cameras are essential for keeping an eye on the watched and the watchers. However, capturing, storing and retrieving that video camera data is much more complicated than training a lens on a few dark corners.

What does such a solution look like? The Irish Prison Service (IPS) recently upgraded its video surveillance system in 12 countrywide prison facilities to 5,000 cameras continuously recording the movement and actions of everyone on the inside. And for compliance with privacy laws, that footage has to stick around at least four years and a day - that's two blue moons or a leap year cycle - or until any incidents are resolved.

"Video data has a huge impact on the safety and security of our staff and prisoners. People's lives are at stake in extreme cases," says George Jackson, the recently retired head of information and communication technology at IPS. "Therefore, it's hugely important that there are safeguards around how the data is stored and secured."

In spite of historically low incarceration rates, close to countries like Norway and Sweden, the upgrade from the 2008 surveillance setup comes as the IPS population grew about 10 percent over the previous year.

The old system wasn't able to ensure data security. It lacked the visibility and a technical process for securely and systematically deleting video and, as a result, footage on the traditional storage array had never been deleted. Storage capacity was also running short. Additionally, IPS had recently upgraded surveillance infrastructure with new high-definition cameras, generating larger video files and even higher storage demands.

Enter data storage from HPE, Scality and CTERA. In this joint solution, HPE provides local storage using CTERA running on HPE servers to capture video 24/7 at each prison facility. Long-term offsite storage relies on HPE systems and Scality RING to securely retain video of incidents. HPE servers at each facility provide five terabytes of local storage to handle all the video captured locally.

Two Scality RING storage clouds provide 300 terabytes of usable, secure storage that scales to multiple petabytes if needed. RING also automates replication between the two environments, protecting the data by having a complete copy of the archive always available in the event of a disaster.

Scality software provides intelligent data management throughout the lifecycle of the stored video, including secure and automated deletion. Moreover, to be certain the deletion process is carried out with full transparency, a series of email alerts will advise relevant parties in advance of deletion, beginning at the three-year mark and progressing with more frequent notices up to the day before scheduled deletion.

"Prisons can be difficult environments, so any technology we use must work," says Jackson. "If there is an incident, it's highly important that the solution works and is reliable. We trust the Scality and HPE solution to safeguard this critical video storage data."

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