Singapore is one of the most densely populated regions in the world, with over 7,000 people per squared kilometre crammed into the island country. A natural issue that arises with so many people in such a small area is that legally parking one’s car is not an easy task. Illegal parking is a real problem in Singapore and it affects the safety and convenience of Singaporeans and how the city-state’s businesses are able to operate.
Video surveillance project
A customer of D-Ron Singapore Pte. Ltd. was selected to work on a project which required building a complete video surveillance solution to store critical legal information pertaining to the recorded video footage of illegally parked vehicles from their video management software platform. The customer worked closely with D-Ron to find a suitable storage partner that offered high-performing solutions qualified by world leading companies and whose solutions offered the flexibility to work with components and drives from a variety of manufacturers. Specifically, the customer required a storage solution that offered high-bandwidth and low latency, and they required high IOPs performance. D-Ron Singapore turned to PROMISE Technology and the VTrak storage system.
PROMISE Technology is a developer of storage solutions for the cloud/IT, rich media and video surveillance markets. PROMISE’s external storage solutions and NVR storage appliances have been qualified by partners throughout the video surveillance ecosystem and its VTrak external storage solution is the only fibre channel storage product qualified for OS X.
The PROMISE Technology solution
For this project, the customer is using Sony VB630 IP cameras and Milestone XProtect® Corporate video management software. The recorded footage is stored on the VTrak E830 fibre channel external storage subsystem and the VTrak J930 ultra-dense 4U 60-bay SAS expansion JBOD which enables the customer to conserve space by packing in a massive amount of storage capacity in each rack.
The VTrak solution is
The customer is stacking the VTrak installation in a secured environment connected to a number of recording servers. The incoming video comes from roads with a particularly high number of illegal parking incidents and all of the recorded feeds are kept safe in the array for a minimum of one year. The VTrak solution is configured in RAID 6 and multiple LUNs are created which are connected to the recording server via fibre channel.
Keeping Singapore running smoothly
Once the VTrak solution was selected, PROMISE and D-Ron Singapore helped with the implementation of the backend and to get the advanced configuration running beautifully. The VTrak fibre channel solution offered the speed the customer required and also the redundancy as its active-active, dual controller and fail-over capabilities assured a ‘no single point of failure’ storage environment, making the VTrak solution an instrumental piece to the city surveillance project in Singapore.
As a result, the surveillance project has improved the convenience of Singaporeans, enhanced the flow of traffic and reduced accidents by keeping the streets clear of illegally parked cars.
“We were very pleased to work with our customer and PROMISE Technology on a really exciting video surveillance project,” said Ronnie Hun, Managing Director, D-Ron Singapore Pte. Ltd. “Our customer had high expectations in regards to the performance and the flexibility of the storage solutions and we were able to effectively implement VTrak in their surveillance project to provide the massive capacity and high-bandwidth they required. We look forward to monitoring the continued success of the project and working together again for more surveillance projects throughout the region."