• The Problem
  • The Solution
  • Pricing
The Problem

Traditional hard- disk only video storage solutions – even with the prices of those very hard drives continuing to decline – become extremely expensive as the amount of video retention is needed. Being able to provide one year or more of video retention, with today’s larger camera count and high-resolution quality cameras, becomes cost-prohibitive.

Many of today’s larger organizations such as hospitals, airports, university campuses, and casinos find themselves needing a video surveillance system as either a replacement for an aging CCTV system or as a brand-new installation. Often, this is in response to a growing expectation that video evidence will be available in the event of a crime, accident, or other incident. In today’s society, the first thing a law enforcement agency or legal representative of either party in a dispute will ask for is a copy of any available video footage of the incident in question. The ability to quickly and easily provide high resolution video evidence of the incident in question will be important to law enforcement agencies in narrowing down suspects in case of a crime. The same sort of video evidence can limit the liability of an organization in case of a lawsuit.

In other cases, the need for a video surveillance system may be driven by regulatory requirements, such as in the health care industry, tort liabilities, or new cannabis laws. These requirements can be national, statewide, or local.

The Solution

Alice, a VMS-LTO System From Cozaint

Cozaint has taken the requirements of an ideal network video recording system and put together a multi-tiered system to fulfill the needs of most medium to large (and very large) installations. Combining off the shelf PC hardware with the innovative and professional-grade surveillance software, Cozaint has developed the most affordable, flexible, long-term video retention solution that is both easy to use and maintain.

  • Component
    Camera
  • Component
    Video Management Software
  • Component
    Archive

Video camera technology has come a long way, even in the past few years. Driven by the demand for high quality resolution, low cost cameras in cell phones and tablets, enormous advances have been made in both the quality and cost of digital video capture devices. A small, reliable, high definition digital video surveillance camera can be purchased from any number of suppliers for a couple hundred dollars. These cameras make use of existing network infrastructure to enable a quick, easy deployment in most existing structures. Today’s surveillance cameras are now available in 8K quality resolution. At 30fps (frames per second) and at continuous motion recording, these cameras will -without question- deliver the type of video that will accurately depict what actually happened in each field of view.

The video management software (VMS) is the brains of the operation. The characteristics of an ideal VMS are as follows:

  • Collect and organize the video streams from each of the cameras.
  • Mark the incoming video with metadata, describing the date and time, camera location, etc.
  • Provide a means to search through the video and select portions of interest.
  • Replay the selected portion of the video stream with the standard video capabilities (rewind, fast forward, slow motion, etc).
  • Export the selected portions of video in a standard format for use by outside entities.
  • Integrate to multi-tiered storage automatically.
  • Provide a means to view live feeds from all the cameras in the system.

The use of IP-cameras, which send the video streams in digital form, allow the use of low-cost computer servers to act as the initial video storage platform. The use of a PC as the video storage unit has many advantages.

  • Industry standard RAID hard disk drive storage
  • RAID disk storage allows for the failure of a single drive without losing data
  • Easily expand the storage capacity (within reason)

The data storage requirements of the video vault can be calculated by examining the requirements of the system. In order to provide good value as evidence, video must be of high resolution and a high frame rate so that nothing is missed. In order to be considered valid and unaltered, evidence must be presented in the same resolution and frame rate that it was captured.  

If we assume HD video (1280×1024) and industry standard H.264 video format, standard quality, 24 hour a day continuous surveillance, and a 30fps capture rate we calculate a daily storage requirement of 33.33GB for a single camera, or 100GB per day for a system using three cameras. This means that a standard 1TB hard drive will hold 10-days’ worth of video before it will need to be moved to other storage.

An ideal video archive media would provide long-term storage retention for a video surveillance system.

  • It should not require additional network bandwidth.
  • It should be rugged.
  • It should provide fast access to stored videos.
  • Video quality should not degrade over time.

A removable video storage system meets all the requirements listed above. Unlike hard disk only based storage provided by a traditional storage area network (SAN) or network attached storage (NAS) solution, a multi-tiered system requires no additional network bandwidth because the LTO storage platform is accessed directly by the PC. The LTO cartridges are about the size of a hockey puck and can withstand a drop of three feet onto a concrete floor. Video access is at very high speeds, approaching 300MB per second. LTO cartridges have an advertised shelf life of 30 years and will not degrade with use over time.

Pricing

HDD

$63,728.00
10TB Hard Disk (US$) **
Qty. 99 x $262.00
LTO7 – 6TB Tape Media (US$)
Competitive NAS Storage Base Unit RAID 6 0HHD
Qty. 1 x $6,299.00
Competitive NAS Storage Expansion Unit RAID 6 0HHD
Qty. 9 x $3,499.00
ALICE NAS HDD Stroage Server Base Unit 12 Bay RAID6 0HDD
ALICE NAS HDD Storage 12 Bay Expension Units RAID6
ALICE HDD CACHE Capacity Needed (in TBs)
ALICE LTO7 3U 40 Slot Base Library
LTO7 – Drive
ALICE LTO7 3U 40 Slot Expansion Module

Multi-Tiered

$47,041.67
10TB Hard Disk (US$) **
LTO7 – 6TB Tape Media (US$)
Qty. 59 x $131.00
Competitive NAS Storage Base Unit RAID 6 0HHD
Competitive NAS Storage Expansion Unit RAID 6 0HHD
ALICE NAS HDD Stroage Server Base Unit 12 Bay RAID6 0HDD
Qty. 1 x $5,999.00
ALICE NAS HDD Storage 12 Bay Expension Units RAID6
Qty. 2 x $2,999.00
ALICE HDD CACHE Capacity Needed (in TBs)
ALICE LTO7 3U 40 Slot Base Library
Qty. 1 x $5,499.00
LTO7 – Drive
Qty. 2 x $3,400.00
ALICE LTO7 3U 40 Slot Expansion Module
Qty. 1 x $4,999.00

HDD

$254,654.00
10TB Hard Disk (US$) **
Qty. 395 x $262.00
LTO7 – 6TB Tape Media (US$)
Competitive NAS Storage Base Unit RAID 6 0HHD
Qty. 9 x $6,299.00
Competitive NAS Storage Expansion Unit RAID 6 0HHD
Qty. 27 x $3,499.00
ALICE NAS HDD Stroage Server Base Unit 12 Bay RAID6 0HDD
ALICE NAS HDD Storage 12 Bay Expension Units RAID6
ALICE HDD CACHE Capacity Needed (in TBs)
ALICE LTO7 3U 40 Slot Base Library
LTO7 – Drive
ALICE LTO7 3U 40 Slot Expansion Module

Multi-Tiered

$172,314.83
10TB Hard Disk (US$) **
LTO7 – 6TB Tape Media (US$)
Qty. 526 x $131.00
Competitive NAS Storage Base Unit RAID 6 0HHD
Competitive NAS Storage Expansion Unit RAID 6 0HHD
ALICE NAS HDD Stroage Server Base Unit 12 Bay RAID6 0HDD
Qty. 3 x $5,999.00
ALICE NAS HDD Storage 12 Bay Expension Units RAID6
Qty. 7 x $2,999.00
ALICE HDD CACHE Capacity Needed (in TBs)
ALICE LTO7 3U 40 Slot Base Library
Qty. 1 x $5,499.00
LTO7 – Drive
Qty. 2 x $3,400.00
ALICE LTO7 3U 40 Slot Expansion Module
Qty. 18 x $4,999.00

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