When the topics of terrorism, general security, loss prevention, and risk management come up, surveillance camera technology has become a requirement. Recorded video data is now a critical tool for individuals, business owners, local authorities and governments.

Back in the late 70's, the first VHS tape made it possible for cameras to be recorded. These early recorders captured grainy black and white images at the rate of one frame every few seconds. About 15 year later, tapes became obsolete overnight, as the digital age arrived and made storing data on a PC possible. In the year 2000, images were able to be viewed remotely live via phone lines. Soon after, these images were streaming over the internet. At that time, black and white images were replaced by color images, and the quality of these images began to steadily improve.

Today these images are perfectly clear, however, the length of time these high resolution images can be stored is very limited as they consume large amounts of hard drive space. The challenge is that as more pixels are collected, more hard drive space and bandwidth is required to preserve images in the cloud and hard drives.

The industry’s next logical step is to make recorded data available for more than just a few weeks after an event takes places. Solutions are needed to solve this challenge because in many cases, video data is not available due to camera and/or system malfunction and data being overwritten to make room for the newest recordings.

Should data not be saved to a permanent media before being overwritten because either the data was compromised or the need for data was not known at the time, a surveillance solution was not a solution at all.

Affordable and sustainable long-term (years) of storage both onsite and offsite, along with a comprehensive approach to video data management is the next frontier to be conquered.