Beyond Coldstore, digital tape is the other general category that might be worth looking into here. For example, Long Term Storage / Digital Tape (Soleratec).
Depending on your VMS (Genetec, ?) and upstream bandwidth capacity, cloud archiving may also be an option...
Cloud is not an option. VMS is OnSSI. I am surprised that more people have not faced this problem. I would like something that can be backed-up stored and be able to be viewed when needed. This may require some physical manipulation.
The problem is not trivial IMO. Let's suppose one has 250 cameras and have found a way to have online storage of 6 months... let's make things easy, let us suppose 1080p @ 10 fps. Let us suppose 250 cameras H.264 .. Let us assume 500 TB... How long will it take to back up those 500 TB on tape? What about if you have feed coming from various sites or those from mobile sites? I am yet to find a good read or solution on this . thus the reason I am submitting this to this group of heavyweights.
Hi Trying to revive this thread. The problem is current. Several customers whom we're trying to convert to a VMS are relcutant once we can't show them a clear solution for archiving; somehting they could so easily do with thir "old" CCTV system. I was showed tapes that saved a company hundred of thousand dollars in a litigation case ...the tapes were 4 years old... the video was crappy but good enough to save them hundreds of thousands.. Talk about ROI. We are caught with fancy video but can't archive them ..
I sincerely would like to see that discussion kept alive :)
I don't understand how the VMS manufacturers have such a myopic view when it comes to Archival. Back in the old days of CCTV, archival of videos was a given. You backed up the old Videos on tape/disks or what have you for further retrieval. Simple, manual but existing. Now you may have tons of High Definition, precious and valuable evidence but archiving these is not a simple affair, worse it doesn't seem to be in most VMS manufacturer’s priority. True Milestone and OnSSI (those are the ones we know best) have some kind of "Video Aging" options in their most expensive offerings but this is not a very straightforward solution. You can’t just archive the discs and use them later really.
We are at the point of considering going for things like Hikvision or other NVRs at the remote sites. It seems easy to archive their videos, just plop an external drive to back up the HDD in the NVR (we have our misgivings about how long it would take to archive 8 TB of videos on tape ...). One simply use a similar NVR to view these videos... It is cumbersome , manual and tedious and integration with an exisiting VMS is not clear but what are the archival options when it comes to most if not all VMS?
This is a curious oversight and we are waiting for a player to grab that niche and run with it . To repeat: Veracity Coldstore is a nice solution but support for most VMS is nonexistent and their list of supported VMS has not grown since they announced the product a few years back . Whom else play in that space? Are there any solution for integrated long-term HD video surveillance arhiving?