FLIR Systems launches A3xx-series cameras with environmental housing or pan/tilt unit
FLIR Systems launches A3xx-series cameras with environmental housing or pan/tilt unit

Safety applications exist in any industry where protection of lives and assets is of importance and where an early warning of a potential critical condition is of utmost importance. Thanks to FLIR A3xx-Series thermal imaging cameras these environments can be very well monitored and protected. FLIR A3xx-Series thermal imaging cameras can be installed almost anywhere to monitor your critical equipment and other valuable assets. They will safeguard your plant and measure temperature differences to assess the criticality of the situation. This allows you to see problems before they become costly failures, preventing downtime, avoiding fires and enhancing worker safety. Fixed mounted thermal imaging cameras like FLIR A3xx-Series can also be installed almost anywhere to monitor production processes by detecting and measuring temperature differences and visualise heat patterns. Often these cameras are installed in harsh environments. In order to increase protection against environmental influences, the FLIR A-Series are now available in an environmental enclosure. FLIR A300f / A310f / FLIR A315f thermal imaging cameras The main purpose of the environmental housing is to increase the environmental specification of any FLIR A3xx thermal imaging camera to IP 66 without affecting any of the features in the camera itself. Since FLIR A-Series cameras are often installed in harsh environments, the environmental housing will protect the cameras against dust or water ingress. The FLIR A300f, A310f and A315f are fixed mounted thermal imaging cameras. The A300f is available with a 25º or 45º lens. The FLIR A310f and FLIR A315f are available with a 25º, 45º or 90º lens. Users that already have a FLIR A300, A310 or A315 that needs to be extra protected against dust and water can order the housing separately as an accessory. The FLIR A300f/A310f and A315f -cameras comes with a single sensor copy of FLIR Sensors Manager. This intuitive software allows users to manage and control the camera in a TCP/IP network. FLIR A310pt The FLIR A310pt consists of a FLIR A310 thermal imaging camera and a daylight/lowlight camera that offers a 36x zoom in an environmental housing. Both are installed on a robust pan/tilt mechanism. The A310pt is able to pan 360º continuously and tilt +/- 45º. The A310pt series precision pan/tilt mechanism gives operators accurate pointing control while providing fully programmable scan patterns and slew-to-alarm functionality. FLIR A310pt is available as a standard with a 15º and 25º lens. Other fields of view exists as an option. The FLIR A310pt has all the necessary features and functions to build distributed single- or multicamera solutions to cover large areas and monitor for example coal piles and sub-stations utilising standard Ethernet hardware and software protocols. The FLIR A310pt unit offers an affordable solution for anyone who needs to solve problems demanding built-in “smartness” such as analysis and alarm functionality. The FLIR A310pt camera comes with a single sensor copy of FLIR Sensors Manager. This intuitive software allows users to manage and control the camera in a TCP/IP network.

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FLIR end-to-end video security solutions
FLIR end-to-end video security solutions

Be it for cities, commercial, industrial or power generation and distribution facilities, FLIR offers the widest spectrum of end-to-end security solutions, answering the security monitoring needs of businesses of any size. Security cameras for perimeter protection and intrusion detection FLIR offers an unparalleled range of thermal and high-definition cameras, embedded with cutting edge intrusion detection analytics: FLIR’s FC-Series ID thermal cameras with on-board video analytics are easy to set up and capable of classifying human or vehicular intrusions with low false alarm rates. FC-Series ID provides a reliable thermal image in challenging imaging conditions, including total darkness, fog, and with static and moving light sources. FLIR also offers the ioi HD, a full HD Analytic IP bullet camera that combines military-grade video analytics with broadcast-quality IP camera technology. This camera features optimal picture quality in low-light and high-contrast lighting conditions coupled with high-end video analytics, ideal for perimeter and intrusion detection. FLIR’s ioi TRK is a small video encoder with built-in analytics that enables autonomous PTZ tracking with high-definition PTZ cameras and thermal Pan-Tilt cameras from FLIR. Operational scenarios include target hand-off from fixed position cameras as well as the option to click on a target from the control room to initiate tracking. Comprehensive video monitoring and management The United VMS 7.0 platform has been designed for corporations in all scales from entry-level to enterprise-grade. United VMS 7.0 provides global unified network topology, allowing users to connect multiple sites and systems utilising Latitude, Horizon, and Meridian to an aggregated system that can be controlled and monitored from a single location. Latitude is the enterprise-level IP surveillance system with forensic-quality imaging consisting of dedicated web-based and mobile client software. Latitude is a powerful VMS for organisations of all sizes. Latitude’s scalable architecture can support systems of any size or architecture. The Horizon NVR delivers best-in-class performance and stability for video installations requiring up to 100 cameras. Horizon is an ideal choice for securing high-performance small-to-medium sized business video installations with independent or multiple sites. The Meridian NVR is an enterprise grade, off-the-shelf, video surveillance system for up to 24 cameras. The system includes a network video recorder with 2TB or 4 TB of raw storage, and out-of-the-box video management software.

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FLIR launches LS-Series ultra-compact  handheld thermal night vision cameras
FLIR launches LS-Series ultra-compact handheld thermal night vision cameras

The new FLIR LS-Series thermal imaging camera gives every law enforcement officer the power to see clearly in total darkness. It gives law enforcement officers, security patrols and any other person that needs to see at night - without being seen himself, the information needed to make critical decisions, enhance mission effectiveness, maximize operational capabilities and improve safety. The FLIR LS-Series are extremely affordable units. Price is no longer an issue, from now on; every law enforcement officer can be equipped with thermal night vision. Crisp thermal images The FLIR LS-Series are equipped with an uncooled, maintenance free, microbolometer detector. It delivers crisp thermal images in any day or night situation. The FLIR LS64 produces thermal images of 640 x 480 pixels. Users that do not need this high resolution can choose the LS32 which produces images of 320 x 240 pixels. All cameras are equipped with advanced internal camera software that delivers a crisp image without the need for user adjustments. The FLIR LS32 comes with a 2x digital zoom, whilst the FLIR LS64 is equipped with a 2x, 4x digital zoom and continuous electronic zoom. The FLIR LS64 is equipped with a 35 mm lens. It allows detecting human targets at a distance of no less than 1,080 meters. The FLIR LS32 is equipped with a 19 mm lens that allows detecting a human target at a distance of 640 m.                                                                   FLIR LS32                       FLIR LS64 Image quality                                      320 x 240 pixels          640 x 480 pixels Discrete digital zoom                          2x                                2x & 4x Continuous electronic zoom               No                                Yes Range performance                            640 m                          1,080 m  Portable and rugged, ready for long missions The FLIR LS-Series comes with long-life rechargeable Li-Ion batteries offering a typical operating time of 5 to 7 hours on a single load. Weighing 340 grams, batteries included, the FLIR LS-Series are extremely compact and extremely light systems. They are ideal for go-anywhere operations, in all circumstances. They are IP67 rated and operate between -20°C and +50°C. Easy-to-operate Ergonomic and easy-to-use, FLIR LS-Series thermal imaging cameras are fully controlled with the buttons on top of the unit. Conveniently placed the buttons are all right underneath your fingertips. Laser pointer Both versions of the FLIR LS-Series come with an integrated laser to quickly and safely pinpoint suspects in the dark. InstAlert™ The unique InstAlert feature colours the hottest part of the scene in red, making it easy to spot suspects in the thermal image. Thermal imaging versus image intensification Image intensification, also referred to as I2 technology, amplifies small amounts of visible light thousands of times so that objects can be seen at night. Image intensification does require a certain level of ambient light, but even starlight can produce an image on a cloudless night. Because the system requires at least a minimum level of ambient light, conditions such as heavy overcast can limit its effectiveness. Similarly, too much light may overwhelm the system and reduce its effectiveness. Thermal imaging cameras like the FLIR LS-Series offer substantial benefits over image intensification. They work by detecting the heat energy being radiated and need no light at all to produce a clear image in the darkest environments. Thermal imaging cameras are not affected by the amount of light so that you will not be blinded when looking at a light source. About thermal imaging Thermal imaging is the use of cameras constructed with specialty sensors that “see” thermal energy emitted from an object. Thermal, or infrared energy, is light that is not visible to the human eye because its wavelength is too long to be detected. It’s the part of the electromagnetic spectrum that we perceive as heat. Infrared allows us to see what our eyes cannot. Thermal imaging cameras produce images of invisible infrared or “heat” radiation. Based on temperature differences between objects, thermal imaging produces a clear image. In contrast with other technologies, such as light amplification, thermal imaging needs no light whatsoever to produce an image on which the smallest of details can be seen. Thermal imaging provides full visibility irrespective of the prevailing light level and weather conditions. It can see in total darkness, in the darkest of nights, through fog, in the far distance, through smoke and are able to detect anyone hiding in the shadows. It is used for security and surveillance, maritime, automotive, fire fighting and many other applications.      See slideshow with captions

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FLIR Systems showcased its range of thermal imaging cameras at IFSEC 2012
FLIR Systems showcased its range of thermal imaging cameras at IFSEC 2012

FLIR Systems, world leader in the design and manufacturing of thermal imaging cameras showcased its range of security products at IFSEC. The following products were on show: FLIR D-Series The D-Series outdoor dome enclosure provides precision pan/tilt control while providing fully programmable scan patterns, radar slew-to-cue, and slew-to-alarm functionality. Fully enabled for control and operation over IP and serial networks, D-Series systems deploy a 640 x 480 or 320 × 240 pixel thermal imager along with a day/night 36× zoom color CCD camera. FLIR’s D-Series thermal multi-sensor security dome cameras are the perfect replacement for day/night dome cameras, providing clear 24/7 imaging capability in an attractive, discrete dome-style enclosure. FLIR SR-Series The SR-Series feature the same thermal imaging technology found in many of FLIR’s most sophisticated security and surveillance systems, but are packaged for users who have mid-range security and surveillance as their primary application. The SR-Series are excellent tools to install in new or existing security installations. They just need power and connection to a screen. FLIR PT-Series Network-Ready Pan-Tilt, Multi-Sensor Thermal Security Cameras PT-Series thermal security cameras let you see intruders and other threats to your facility’s security clearly in total darkness and in bad weather. The PT-Series precision pan/tilt mechanism gives operators accurate pointing control while providing fully programmable scan patterns, radar slew-to-cue, and slew-to-alarm functionality.Fully enabled for control and operation over digital and serial networks, PT-Series thermal cameras are available in 160 × 120, 320 × 240, and high-resolution 640 × 480 formats, providing up to sixteen times the image clarity and longer threat detection range performance than lower resolution thermal cameras. Multi-sensor configurations also include a day/night 36× zoom color CCD camera on the same pan/tilt package. FLIR F-Series F-Series thermal security cameras let you see intruders and other threats to your facility clearly in total darkness and in bad weather. Fully enabled for control and operation over digital and analog networks, F-Series thermal imaging cameras are available in 160 × 120, 320 × 240, and high-resolution 640 × 480 formats, providing up to sixteen times the image clarity and longer threat detection range performance than lower resolution cameras. FLIR HRC-Series The HRC-Series are equipped with a highly reliable, mid-wave, cooled detector which offers extremely long range detection in all weather conditions. The cameras offer a continuous optical and electronic zoom. This offers excellent situational awareness while also giving the possibility to zoom in at suspect activities, and have a closer look, once they are detected. The HRC-Series can be integrated into existing networks or used as a stand alone unit. The HRC-Series offer extreme long range detection and excellent image quality, in the darkest of nights, through smoke and dust. You can detect a man-size target several kilometers away. All thermal imaging cameras are extremely suited for border and coastal surveillance but also for mid-range threat detection.

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FLIR Systems introduces the SR-Series thermal imaging cameras for mid-range surveillance installations
FLIR Systems introduces the SR-Series thermal imaging cameras for mid-range surveillance installations

The SR-Series feature the same thermal imaging technology found in many of FLIR’s most sophisticated security and surveillance systems, but are packaged for users who have mid-range security and surveillance as their primary application. The SR-Series are excellent tools to install in new or existing security installations. They just need power and connection to a screen. The user can choose for a version equipped with an uncooled Vanadium Oxide (VOx) microbolometer producing crisp images of 640 x 480 pixels. Users that do not need this image quality can choose for a 320 x 240 pixels version. Models with a 160 x 120 pixels detector are also available. More pixels allow the user to see more detail and to detect more and smaller objects. Advanced internal camera software delivers a crisp image without the need for user adjustments. It provides high quality thermal imaging in any night- or daytime environmental conditions. Equipped with a 100 mm lens, the SR-Series is designed for mid-range security and surveillance applications. The SR-606 has a 6° field of view. With the SR-606 you will be able to detect a man-sized target at a distance of over 2.4 km. The SR-Series provide high contrast imagery optimized to get the most out of video analytics software. Digital Detail Enhancement ensures clear, properly contrasted thermal images in all weather conditions. Equipped with an “athermal lens”, all SR-Series are able to maintain focus no matter what the environmental temperature is. There is no need for user adjustments. The absence of a motorized focus mechanism prevents mechanical break downs. The SR-Series do not need any maintenance whatsoever. This guarantees an extremely low total cost of ownership. All SR-Series can be easily connected to common power and video interfaces found in existing and new security systems. They can be easily integrated into any existing CCTV infrastructure providing early detection and visibility 24/7 all the year round. The images from the 640 x 480, 320 x 240 or 160 x 120 pixels detector can be displayed on virtually any existing display that accepts composite video. The SR-Series are extremely rugged systems. Their vital core is well protected, meeting IP66 requirements, against dust and water ingress. For easy integration in analog video environments. Serial control and analog composite video output enable ready integration into legacy network designs. The SR-Series come at an extremely affordable price. From now on, price is no longer an object to integrate thermal imaging into your new or existing video security networks.

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Six reasons security integrators should adopt cloud technology today
Six reasons security integrators should adopt cloud technology today

As technology advances, the world is becoming increasingly connected, changing the way users think about and interact with security systems, which continue to evolve across all verticals and applications. With this change comes new opportunity for security integrators; security systems are advancing, creating new needs for products and services — some of which can be met through the adoption of cloud-based service systems. Cloud technology is no longer a dreamt-up version of the future of security — it’s here. If you’re hesitant to make the move to the cloud, consider these six reasons to embrace this new technology now.Cloud technology has created an opportunity for integrators to offer managed services to their customers Increased RMR Cloud technology has created an opportunity for integrators to offer managed services to their customers, producing a new business model that generates more stable and predictable income streams. By offering managed services on a subscription basis, integrators can build a part of their business to provide recurring monthly revenue (RMR), allowing them to scale faster. This business model is especially beneficial for customers who prefer to pay a fixed monthly or yearly rate for services rather than a large upfront fee, which can help attract new business while growing revenue from current customers. Stickier customers Providing managed services fosters a more involved relationship between integrators and their customers, which can help boost customer retention. This is primarily the result of three factors. Firstly, customers who buy managed services are committed for a specified term, which helps develop an ongoing business relationship between them and the integrator. Secondly, providing managed services creates an opportunity for more customer contact — each interaction is an opportunity to build rapport and monitor customer satisfaction.While the functionalities of each system vary, their potential is evident in the cloud-based services available Third, customers who purchase managed services generally tend to do business longer than customers who purchase products or services individually; with the monthly purchase of their services on autopilot, customers get into the habit of receiving these services, which helps reduce the chance that they’ll cancel their subscription while also building customer loyalty. High gross profit margins Cloud managed services create an opportunity for a service and technology to be purchased together, helping to generate a higher gross profit margin from the beginning of the customer relationship. On an ongoing basis, cloud service platforms offer a new level of accessibility to integrators, helping to provide better insight on activity trends to identify opportunities to continuously grow their revenue through subscription-based streams. Easier to provide managed services Traditionally, serving more sites required integrators to hire more technicians to meet the needs of their growing customer base, but the cloud has helped overcome this demand. While the functionalities of each system vary, their potential is evident in the cloud-based service platforms that are available today. When a problem occurs on a site that is managed by a cloud-based system, the integrator can receive a real-time notification regarding the issue The Avigilon Blue™ platform, for example, is a powerful new cloud service platform that helps integrators address the needs of their customer sites using fewer resources by offering the ability to administer system upgrades, fixes, health checks, and camera or system settings adjustments remotely.  The Avigilon Blue platform automatically sends, and stores video analytics highlights in the cloud, which can easily be accessed from any PC browser or mobile device. This data can be used to efficiently manage customer sites and maintain the health of those sites, helping to increase speed of service and expand the capacity to have more sites up and running. Cloud service platforms have the potential to revolutionise the security industry by providing new opportunities for integrators Not only does this help integrators scale their business faster, it creates an opportunity to provide added value to the customer at a lower cost as new upgrades and services come out. Proactively fix problems before they occur In addition to automating notifications and tedious maintenance tasks, cloud service platforms help provide integrators with the information and abilities they need to keep their customer sites running smoothly. When a problem occurs on a site that is managed by a cloud-based system, the integrator can receive a real-time notification regarding the issue — possibly before the customer even notices a disruption in service. They can then identify the problem and determine whether it can be resolved remotely or requires a technician to be deployed. By having the capacity to pinpoint service needs and make certain adjustments via the cloud, integrators can streamline their customer service processes and lower their response times to provide better, more efficient service. Increased valuation of business Companies that utilise cloud technologies are experiencing as much as 53 percent higher revenue growth rates The ability of cloud service platforms to help integrators manage more sites remotely and expand their revenue through subscription-based streams offers a competitive business advantage. Security innovators have harnessed the power of the cloud to enhance integrator efficiency so that they can spare their attention, resources and effort for where it’s needed most. As a service that helps offer scalability and a high gross profit margin while requiring fewer resources to maintain customer sites, cloud service platforms have the potential to revolutionise the security industry by providing new opportunities for integrators that may ultimately increase their business valuation. According to a study by Dell, companies that utilise cloud, mobility, and security technologies are experiencing as much as 53 percent higher revenue growth rates compared to those who do not such technologies. Integrators who adopt cloud service platforms can benefit from numerous advantages — cost-saving maintenance capabilities, the potential to generate new monthly recurring revenue, and user-friendly design and data security — which make them a significant development within the industry as well as a potential lucrative new business model. The dream of cloud technology is no longer a distant idea of the future, it can become a present reality — and integrators who harness its power can reap its business benefits now.

Five best practices for protecting video surveillance systems against cyber threats
Five best practices for protecting video surveillance systems against cyber threats

There’s no denying that cyber-crime is one of the biggest threats facing any organisation with the devastating results they can cause painfully explicit. Highly publicised cases stretching from the US government to digital giant Facebook has made tackling cyber security a necessity for all major organisations. The consequences of breaches have just become more severe, with new GDPR rules meaning any security breach, and resultant data loss, could cost your organisation a fine of up to four per cent of global revenue or up to 20 million euros. Cyber-crime potentially affects every connected network device. In the biggest cyber-crime to date, hackers stole $1 billion from banks around the world, by gaining access to security systems. It’s more important than ever for organisations to be vigilant when it comes to their cyber security strategy. To help avoid becoming the next victim, I’ve put together a five-point cyber plan to protect your video surveillance system. 1. Elimination of default passwords A small change to a memorable, complex password could have huge consequences for your business It is estimated that over 73,000 security cameras are available to view online right now due to default passwords. ‘Password’ and ‘123456’ are among the top five most popular passwords with a staggering 9,000,000 login details matching this description. Guessable passwords create an unsecure security system which can result in an easy way for hackers to gain access to your organisation’s data, making you vulnerable to a breach. A small change to a memorable, complex password could have huge consequences for your business. Removing default passwords from products and software forces individuals to think of their own to keep their data safe. If a password system is not provided by your organisation we recommend that your password uses two or more types of characters (letters, numbers, symbols) and it is changed periodically. 2. Encrypted firmware Encrypting firmware is an important part of any organisations overall security system. Firmware can leave an open door, allowing hackers to access your data. All firmware should be encrypted to reduce the possibilities of it being downloaded from the manufacturers website and deconstructed. If the firmware posted is not encrypted, there is a risk of it being analysed by persons with malicious intent, vulnerabilities being detected, and attacks being made. With i-PRO cameras and recorders, all firmware is securely encrypted to mitigate analysis There have been cases where a device is attacked by firmware vulnerabilities even if there are no problems with the user's settings, rendering it inoperable, and DDoS attacks being made on other servers via the device. With i-PRO cameras and recorders, all firmware is securely encrypted to mitigate analysis. There is also a possibility of being attracted to spoofing sites by targeted attack email and firmware being updated with a version that includes a virus, so firmware must always be downloaded from the vendor's page. It may also be advantageous to combine this with an imbedded Linux operating system which removes all unused features of the device, it can help to reduce the chances of malicious entities searching for backdoor entities and inserting codes. 3. Removing vulnerabilities within the operating systems Vulnerability is the name given for a functional behaviour of a product or online service that violates an implicit or explicit security policy. Vulnerabilities can occur for a number of reasons for example, due to an omission in logic, coding errors or a process failure. Network attacks exploit vulnerabilities in software coding that maybe unknown to you and the equipment provider. The vulnerability can be exploited by hackers before the vendor becomes aware. You should seek to minimise these issues by looking for a secure operating system which is regularly updated. Panasonic has developed Secure Communications, a platform and package to protect against video tampering, altering, spoofing and snooping As a provider of security solutions, Panasonic is taking a number of steps to ensure its consumers remain safe and secure. We have developed Secure Communications, a platform and package to protect against video tampering, altering, spoofing and snooping. We have combined with a leading provider of highly reliable certificates and technology for detecting and analysing cyber-attacks with its own in-house embedded cryptography technology, to provide a highly secure and robust protection layer for its embedded surveillance products. 4. Avoiding remote login using Telnet or FTP Telnet and FTP are a very outdated source of software which as a result means they lack built-in security measures Telnet and FTP are a very outdated source of software which as a result means they lack built-in security measures. File transfer protocol or transfer through cloud-based services means the files and passwords are not encrypted and can therefore be easily intercepted by hackers. An encrypted software removes the risk of files being sent to the wrong person or forwarded on without your knowledge. Telnet predates FTP and as a result is even less secure. Hyper Transfer Protocol Secure is a protocol to make secure communications by HTTP, and it makes HTTP communications on secure connections provided by SSL/TLS protocols. The major benefits of using this system is that HTTPS and VPN encrypt the communications path, so data after communications is decrypted and recorded. If recorded data is leaked, it will be in a state where it can be viewed. With data encryption, however, it remains secure and can even be recoded to storage. Thus, even if the hard drive or SD card is stolen or data on the cloud is leaked, data cannot be viewed. 5. Use of digital certificates Private and public keys are generated at manufacture in the factory and certificates installed at the factoryDigital certificates are intended to safely store the public key and the owner information of the private key it is paired with. It provides assurance that the accredited data from a third party is true and that the data is not falsified. It is beneficial for all data to be encrypted with digital certificates. Digital certificates are far safer when issued by a third party rather than creating a self-signed version unless you are 100 percent sure of the receiver identity. From April 2016, some models of Panasonic series iPro cameras come with preinstalled certificates to reduce the risk of interception and the hassle of having to create one. With i-PRO cameras with Secure function, private and public keys are generated at manufacture in the factory and certificates installed at the factory. As there is no way to obtain the private key from the camera externally, there is no risk of the private key being leaked. Also, certificates are signed by a trusted third party, and the private key used for signing is managed strictly by the authority. In addition, encryption has been cleverly implemented to reduce the usual overhead on the IP stream from 20% to 2%.

Enhancing video surveillance data storage with active archive solution
Enhancing video surveillance data storage with active archive solution

By 2020, video surveillance using fixed, body and mobile cameras is expected to capture an astounding 859 PB of video daily. Increasing retention regulations and higher resolution cameras, are forcing the video surveillance industry to reassess its approach to data storage. Large capacity primary storage tends to be expensive to procure and costly to implement – especially without a sound architecture that can balance storage performance levels with the speed of access needed to recall video footage. Active archive strategy These challenges are thrusting storage tiers to the forefront of system design. Storage tiers in video surveillance had previously meant simply using a separate archive or attaching add-on capacity directly to network video recorders. Many of the new storage options designed for video surveillance are pulling together different storage tiers into a single storage architecture Many of the new storage options designed for video surveillance are pulling together different storage tiers (and in some cases storage media) into a single storage architecture, such as an active archive solution. This balance can be achieved with an active archive strategy that automates migration of data between different storage types, to ensure the data is on the correct storage type at the correct time to meet performance and retention requirements without blowing the budget. This approach also ensures ease of access while automatically moving content from more expensive tiers of storage to more cost-effective long-term tiers of storage. This allows for greater efficiencies in how recorded footage is treated throughout its lifecycle. In some cases, it includes moving data from edge devices to centralised storage, and then to the public cloud. Scalable video storage solutions As storage demands have increased, video management vendors have turned to storage specialists for solutions that can accommodate large numbers of high-resolution video files, metadata associated with the footage for easy searching, along with much needed scalable solutions. In terms of video management software, this means the integration of video content from different storage types, tiers and physical locations is required, and which considers the performance profile of each storage type. With an active archive solution, video content is searchable and accessible directly by the end users regardless of where it is stored. Deploying an active archive solution enables surveillance users to reduce the complexity and costs of managing data for long term retention As seen in many product categories, camera and storage vendors continue to provide extremely competitive offerings. But, storage-specific solutions for video surveillance have lagged behind the roadmaps for video equipment and, as more and more cameras have entered the market, less attention has been placed on video storage capacities. Tiered storage strategy The surveillance industry has evolved considerably from the days of the 8mm video recorder; however, enterprise storage solutions will be forced to evolve further to cope with changing storage retention requirements. Video storage is quickly becoming one of the most expensive parts in a surveillance solution, but there is hope. Deploying an active archive solution will enable surveillance users to reduce the complexity and costs of managing from terabytes to petabytes of data for long term retention. By finding a storage solution that delivers the ability to implement a tiered storage strategy, users can adhere to regulation requirements to retain video footage and meet their safety and security objectives, while also significantly reducing storage costs and operational expenses.