Oakland Tests Cloud Storage Solution for Body Camera Videos
Off-site data storage should relieve the burden on Emergency Planners and costs of processing FOIA requests in the jurisdiction.
The Oakland Police Department, which has fielded approximately 600 body cameras, is testing a Cloud Storage solution that meets the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) standards. This attempt will be the first of it’s kind and allow for a seamless storage of data captured by the departments body cameras. If this pilot program proves successful, this will advance the ability of departments to maintain the evidentiary load (which is approximately 1 Terabyte per year per camera) without increasing facilities or putting those servers at risk to hazards the community might experience (i.e. a tornado wipes out the building with the servers).
How does this relate to law though? Well first and foremost are security concerns. The FBI’s CJIS standards are extremely rigorous and should prevent tampering by hackers. I say should, because one of the first thing any Emergency Manager learns to remove from their vocabulary is “never”. Additionally, the fact that this information is stored online and is easily accessible and shared should make processing evidence for court and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests easier to process for the department, thus reducing personnel costs associated with them.
This will definitely be an interesting area to follow as we move forward. Especially since so many Police Departments will be initially fielding or deploying additional body cameras over the next few years.
Read the full article here: http://www.govtech.com/data/Oakland-Police-Test-Cloud-Storage-for-Body-Camera-Video.html