Demand for digitally based surveillance systems is increasing at an unprecedented rate. Whether the surveillance system application is needed to monitor traffic levels, protect vital company assets or provide a safer environment for passengers, they all have one thing in common: the information must be reliably and safely archived for future reference.

Video surveillance applications place great demands on storage, especially long-term archival storage. With multi-camera installations and high-definition digital recording systems in use, users are employing high-resolution, high-frame rate, quality footage to protect their assets. Retention periods are increasing up to multiple years which exceeds the capabilities of VHS tape and single hard disk drives to store and quickly retrieve archived footage on demand.

Magnetic tape is environmentally sensitive, and highly-volatile, while hard drives require a backup component to ensure a proper archive solution. The optical library storage solution is a centralized archive which stores multiple video streams and ensures that users have continuous, random access to current and archived video footage. Built upon one of the most reliable storage technologies ever created, optical storage component shelf life is rated for up to 50 years of continuous use, and negates the need to backup files to another medium.

The latest generation of Digital Surveillance solutions are IP-based (Net-Attached) based technology which deliver video-on-demand and complex high capacity storage solutions. IP-based solutions integrate a wide choice of cameras, access control devices, and sensors for a variety of applications and environments, and manage the system with state-of-the-art software for intuitive operation. The result is a state-of-the-art solution that utilizes standard LAN and Internet Protocols (IP) to meet emerging requirements for "shared-resource" security. Whether installing a completely new IP-based video surveillance system, or upgrading an existing Analog CCTV system to capitalize on many of the IP benefits, StorageQuest's products delivers modular architecture that will yield a highly effective optical solution for Digital Surveillance Archiving.