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Burgeoning surveillance prowess across government institutions has led to a staggering rise of video footage gathered by public and private sector entities. Of even more concern for agencies collecting tremendous volumes of surveillance video are its storage, processing, analysis, and distribution that ultimately enable it to be used as evidentiary data for social, legal, and criminal justice investigations.

In 21st century America, there is a heavy reliance on high-tech surveillance of public spaces, carpeting major metropolitan cities like New York City, Chicago, and Houston. Sprawling surveillance camera networks also extend to private entities, such as small businesses striving to maintain heightened security across their premises. Such level of surveillance garners not only massive volumes of data but also demands long-term storage of all video data, depending on varying data-retention policies. Further, the data needs to be analyzed and monitored using smart tools and features that alert analysts of suspicious activity captured on video in real time.

End-to-end evidence management platform

VIDIZMO Digital Evidence Management (DEM) System, built on Gartner-recognized enterprise video content management system1, offers a specialized solution custom-designed to cater to governmental agencies garnering an enormous amount of ever-surging digital evidence accumulated from 24/7 video surveillance of public and private places.

VIDIZMO DEM is a comprehensive digital platform that resolves the challenges associated with mass media ingestion or upload from disparate media sources and devices, including storage and processing of video and other digital media assets; automated transcription, closed-captioning, indexing, and media search in the portal; and value added features like automated redaction, media sharing, and retention or archival based on pre-defined agency policies.

VIDIZMO digital evidence management lifecycle

Our partnership with Microsoft

As a Microsoft Gold, Applications and Co-Sell Partner, VIDIZMO has built its enterprise-grade products on Microsoft technologies that natively run on Microsoft Azure Public Cloud and Microsoft Azure Government Cloud to offer some of the industry’s best cloud security, compliance, and innovation. For governmental organizations, VIDIZMO DEM integrates with Azure Government to offer physical and logical network isolation along with a broad range of government compliance certifications with CJIS, DoD, FedRAMP, FIPS 140, ITAR, and HIPAA, among others. With a comprehensive range of compliance offerings, Azure Government datacenters are engineered to meet or exceed the complex and critical requirements for US federal, Department of Defense, state, and local government.

Additionally, launching VIDIZMO DEM on Azure or Azure Government delivers customers access to all breakthroughs and service innovations in Azure Media Services. For instance, Microsoft’s automated transcription and closed-captioning services, which recently achieved human parity in conversational speech recognition, delivers complete video transcriptions with superior indexing and search capabilities within VIDIZMO’s Digital Evidence Management portal.

Moreover, VIDIZMO will utilize several other advanced video and media features on Microsoft’s roadmap. Some of these additions include automatic audio and video redaction, facial and emotional recognition, hyperlapse for time-lapse videos, video summarization, motion detection, OCR (text search and extraction from video), indexer (text search and extraction from audio), automated content moderation, and auto-generated video thumbnails – all with the potential to be fundamentally pertinent for efficient processing and value extraction from surveillance videos and other digital files collected by governmental organizations.

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The ultimate flexibility of deployment

VIDIZMO offers a range of deployment options in the cloud, including installation on a public cloud or a customer’s private Azure cloud account – which can be done in a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), or Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) model, depending on customer needs. Installation on a customer’s dedicated Azure cloud grants them complete control as opposed to using a shared cloud model offered by other cloud service providers. Multiple deployment options give users the flexibility to install and manage VIDIZMO’s application in an architecture of their choice. Alternatively, VIDIZMO DEM can be installed on-premises or in a hybrid model for customers who wish to maintain a component of the application in-house.

VIDIZMO Digital Evidence Management on Azure Government or a hybrid scenario could help government agencies modernize their video and digital asset management capabilities while availing an infrastructure, without incurring the huge capital expense of a new datacenter hardware. Azure Government’s unique cloud instance, exclusively designed for government customers and their solutions providers, gives superior protection of hardened US datacenters, with 500-mile-geo-redundancy, operated by screened US personnel. Such comprehensive security and compliance makes Azure Government the only government cloud that allows customers to house mission-critical data and workloads flexibly and with consistency across public, private, and hosted clouds environments for a hybrid cloud solution.

Learn more

For more on VIDIZMO Digital Evidence Management:

1Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Video Content Management” by Whit Andrews, Adam Preset, November, 2016