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TMCNet:  Paterson, NJ Police Department Use Pivot3 to Protect Video Evidence

[November 15, 2008]

Paterson, NJ Police Department Use Pivot3 to Protect Video Evidence

(Wireless News Via Acquire Media NewsEdge)
Pivot3, a provider of High-Definition Storage, announced that the
Paterson Police Department in Passaic County, New Jersey, chose the
Pivot3 storage solution as part of a high-definition video surveillance
project.

The Paterson PD teamed with the City of Paterson to create a video
surveillance system to patrol the city's Urban Enterprise Zones, using
wireless cameras, large-scale storage and intuitive video application
software in order to increase the protection of the business community
by making better use of the officers on patrol and speeding responses
to calls for assistance.

The Urban Enterprise Zones (UEZs) cover approximately 45 percent of the
city's neighborhoods that are most directly linked to its thriving
commercial activity. The goal for the UEZs is to provide a 24/7 video
surveillance capability to deter and prevent crime.

"There are a lot of new rules and regulations that govern the storage
and maintenance of video that will be used in legal proceedings," said
Angel Perales, sergeant at the Paterson Police Department. "We must
protect the chain of evidence at all times, and Pivot3, through its
reliable storage solutions, has become our partner in making that
happen."

In order to handle the large amount of storage required for 36
high-resolution cameras, the Police Department deployed 36 Terabytes of
Pivot3 High-Definition Storage. The Pivot3 clustered storage is an
iSCSI storage area network (SAN) that provides 24/7 availability, high
bandwidth and scalable capacity, and is a solid investment for the
department since additional capacity can be added easily in the future
if more cameras are added or if longer video retention times are
needed. Installation and management of the NVR storage is intuitive,
and it did not require any additional people or skills.

An area of concern for the Paterson Police Department is that its video
files must be adequately protected and stored in such a manner that

they are undisputable evidence admissible in court.

"When we were introduced to the Pivot3 storage system, we were
impressed with its ability to store video and to be automatically
protected in case of a system error. Pivot3's own failsafe operational
nature gives us confidence that our video is safe and that it will be
there when we need it," said Sergeant Perales. "It is like having a
dependable partner to back you up all the time. In addition, the
Paterson PD must store its video for a minimum of 45 days. The three
Pivot3 Databanks that are presently installed can easily handle this
requirement."

The Pivot3 High-Definition Storage system provides high availability by
eliminating any single points of failure with any of the components.
The police department has continuous data access in case of network
failures, drive failures, and even the failure of an entire Databank.
Because video data is distributed over the clustered architecture, data
is protected even if a Databank fails. Finally, the system dynamically
rebuilds failed components without user intervention, so that the
police department could continue monitoring crime instead of storage.

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