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The Bergen County Sheriff’s Office Boosts Its IT And Surveillance Infrastructures

Surveillance cameras are proving to be crucial in maintaining security in institutions, private or government-owned. This is why more and more companies and government agencies are beefing up their security systems, as well as adding more units of surveillance cameras, and the storage equipment for their output.

Bergen County, N.J. started integrating a sophisticated video surveillance security system into its agencies in an eight-year IT infrastructure project. As of July 1, 2015, the county now has 800 surveillance cameras integrated into its courts of law, correctional facilities, probation offices, as well as the prosecutor’s office.

Director of IT Technology Phil Lisk started serving Bergen County through the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) in 2004. Since then, he increased the IT infrastructure from just 1 server and 20 workstations and into its current 1,300-strong devices powered by 4 separate networks. Aside from these, he also ensured that the 800 surveillance cameras would have sample video storage, powered by Pivot3 systems. The Pivot3 infrastructure is capable of storing large volumes of data, and the BCSO’s system has over 1 Petabyte of storage capacity. Aside from the ability to provide a high storage capacity for the surveillance coverage, the Pivot3 also has systems that allow for data retrieval in the event of threats to the data’s integrity, such as physical damage, calamities, or even a hacking incident.

With a sophisticated video surveillance system, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office can ensure that all incidents related to their inmates’ reactions to prosecution will be recorded, and consequences be meted. Aside from that, the camera systems ensure that all the goings-on in all the departments under the BCSO would be monitored, recorded, and filed. Retrieval, for whatever reason, especially documentation and as evidence for possible prosecutions, is also a crucial function for the presence of this security system.

Private corporations and other government institutions would benefit greatly from similar video surveillance systems installed. Gas stations, convenience stores, and even grocery and department store chains should consider installing these camera systems if they haven’t already. Especially in high-crime neighborhoods, such retail outlets shouldn’t operate without a video surveillance system in place. This way, whatever crime may happen, whether it’s as petty as shoplifting, as serious as a robbery, or even as gruesome as a robbery with homicide, strong evidence from video surveillance footage could be added to the case, as evidence.

When looking into camera systems for your company, always remember to look into the video storage system options, as well. The video storage system does not have to be as high-tech as a Pivot3 hyper-converged infrastructure, but it has to be capable of storing at least 30 days of footage. Usually, video storage for security systems tend to have 30, 60, or 90-day capacities. After the storage facilities reach full capacity, the system overwrites previous data written to it, starting with the earliest footage. A 30 or 60-day window would be good enough for giving room for customers to request footage for incidents like credit card fraud. Crime incidents are usually reported on the same day, and usually authorities search through the footage within a day, or a week at the latest, so a 30-day window and the storage facility capable of hosting that, would be good enough.

Protect yourself and your business with a good-enough video surveillance system and a sufficient video storage system to power that.