Solutions by Industry

Security & Surveillance

Companies and government agencies around the world use surveillance cameras to observe activity and monitor behavior. It is estimated that there are more than 30 million surveillance cameras in the United States alone monitoring traffic and traffic lights, store exteriors and interiors, childcare, schools, businesses, banks, and more. This equates to massive amounts of digital video storage that needs to be preserved and archived for extended periods.

Though the intended purpose behind surveillance will vary, the footage captured is critical for analysis and resolution of adverse events such as public safety related issues, crimes, terrorist attacks, and ultimately the associated investigations and legal proceedings.

Each industry faces regulation-driven preservation of these digital assets whilst balancing with privacy laws protecting the general public. Video retention periods vary between industries and are dependent upon variables such as national legislation, industry regulations, auditing and analysis periods, and pending trials or legal proceedings. The data may need to be preserved for a number of reasons and time periods in order to discover and recover any related evidence or documented activity.

Archiving solutions must be capable of preventing accidental or malicious alteration of digital video surveillance data through secure retention and prevention. This necessitates high-capacity, scale-out electronic archiving systems equipped with encryption technology. Additionally, data needs to be readily accessible to the appropriate agencies when needed and thereafter for investigations, while ensuring the privacy rights of individuals are protected. Systems must be compliant without impacting productivity, profit, or data security.

Cost sensitivity is a key aspect of storing data of any type. Data storage resources and costs can be optimized by implementing storage tiers with data archived onto an affordable, low-maintenance archiving media. ASTI’s Archive Solutions meet the challenges associated with the resilient long-term, secure storage requirements of digital video storage archives while providing high-performance data access with a low total cost of ownership.


Preserving Data Unaltered – ASTI solutions are based upon true Write-Once-Read-Many (WORM) optical technology. Encrypted data is written to optical media after which it becomes unalterable remaining intact for periods greater than 50 years.

Device and Media Controls – Accountability – Optical media can be offlined and removed from the library. The Archive Management Software tracks all nearline and offline media by barcode, human readable code, date ejected, pool and archive.

Email and Image Archiving – Partnering with industry-leaders, ASTI solutions integrate with third-party software applications that manage and sort email and images according to the internal policy guidelines established within that application. The images and email are then stored efficiently and securely on ASTI NAS optical libraries that fit directly into the existing storage network. Note that a Direct Attached library can be used however, it will require a third-party software application.

Fast & Random Access to Data -Data can be randomly accessed either from the optical media archives or high-performance RAID depending upon established policies.

High Capacity Ultra-Dense Media – High-capacity media/magazine design with modular capacity and scalability designed specifically for professional data archiving.

Ability to Store Multi-Format Content – ASTI NAS systems integrate seamlessly with existing storage area networks enabling files to be written directly to optical archives via the upfront RAID system. Windows and UNIX network file system interface enables heterogeneous archiving of application data. NAS solutions present as a standard TCP/IP resource within the network.

Scalable/Expandable Archiving – Expandable optical disk archive systems are based upon high-capacity media magazines and scalable robotic libraries. As data storage requirements increase, libraries can be easily expanded within the same footprint offering investment protection through capacity expansions and future-proof system upgrades.

Low Total Cost of Ownership - After the data is permanently written on the media, it no longer requires a constant power source to maintain the data. This greatly reduces costs associated with storing archived data for the required lifespan. Additionally, the removable media offers an affordable disaster recovery solution. Systems reduce overhead and operating costs by: minimizing the cost and frequency of data migrations through extended media life, removing static data from expensive primary and backup systems freeing up valuable resources, and lowering power, cooling and maintenance costs. Systems scale incrementally as data archiving needs expand.

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