Facilis Solves the Missing Storage Link to Revolutionary Police Body Camera Study
Recording & storing Police body camera footage reduces public complaints by 93%
HUDSON, MA (October 6, 2016) – Independent US-based technology company, Facilis Technology, has offered what it believes is the missing link in a new surveillance system intended to safeguard law enforcement officers as they perform their daily duties. Using its innovative TerraBlock shared storage technology that was originally developed for use by television broadcasters and program production facilities, Facilis has proposed a system that enables law enforcement agencies to reliably store, review and retrieve video footage recorded by officers.
Last week, Britain’s Cambridge University released the results of a study based on members of the UK & US Police Forces wearing body cameras. Almost 2,000 officers from Northern Ireland, the West Midlands, West Yorkshire and Cambridgeshire, as well as the Rialto and Ventura police departments in California were involved in the experiment. The aim of the study was to see if complaints against the police force were affected by the use cameras. The results of the study revealed complaints by the members of the public against officers fell by 93% over 12 months compared with the year before.
The results of the study clearly showed a change in behavior from the public when they knew that they are being recorded, as well as the police officer. With such a positive effect it could show a turning point in policing within Britain. However, with 1.5 million hours of video collected just within this study, a problem has risen as to how all this data can be stored and easily retrieved whenever needed.
Facilis Technology has identified a solution. The Facilis product, TerraBlock, is a shared storage system that replaces local hard disk storage. Rather than each individual desk having its own storage system, TerraBlock allows all data to be saved in one place, enabling multiple users to be able to access the data simultaneously. Another piece of Facilis technology, FastTracker, is a low cost, but highly efficient asset tracking system. When used in conjunction with TerraBlock, it allows users to find data quickly and efficiently within the shared environment. The use of TerraBlock and FastTracker would enable police precincts to save all their collected video in one place, identify and tag files based on the officer for ease of retrieval.
“Whilst Cambridge University has identified a compelling benefit with these cameras, it is all worthless unless there is a means to safely and reliably store and retrieve the data,” said Jim McKenna, VP of Marketing and Pre-Sales Engineering at Facilis Technology. “TerraBlock benefits from years of development within one of the most demanding applications, and offers a tried & trusted solution that is remarkably cost-effective for this critical application.”
Facilis TerraBlock is a multi-platform, high-performance shared storage solution built for post production and content creation. Flexible connectivity options include 8/16Gbps Fibre Channel and 1/10Gbps Ethernet through Facilis’ Shared File System. TerraBlock shared storage enables collaborative workflows with all popular editing platforms and supports a wide range of industry-standard creative applications and formats including full 4K DPX.
About Facilis Technology
Founded in 2003, Massachusetts-based Facilis Technology Inc. designs and builds affordable, high-capacity, turnkey shared storage and archiving solutions for post production and content creation professionals working in the film, television, education and audiovisual markets. Its production-proven solutions are fast and intuitive, making it easier for creative professional to collaborate and work more efficiently. Flexible, scalable and compatible with industry-standard creative solutions, Facilis’ products blend seamlessly into any studio environment – boutique, mid-sized or large – and have been installed in more than 3,000 facilities worldwide.
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