How to survive the surveillance video data flood

ICE seeks robust video evidence management

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is looking to upgrade its video content management system.

The current system is based on stand-alone instances of software that collects video data from multiple cameras and stores it on hard disks in individual offices. (Remote users must view live or recorded video through the agency's secure enterprise network or on secure devices.)  Available analytics include basic motion detection, optical character recognition and third-party analytics tools.

As the current contract expires, ICE wants a next-generation, enterprise-level system in which video evidence can easily be shared beyond the office where it was recorded. The agency also wants advanced analytics, easier video content management and metadata tagging.

ICE envisions a system built on a modular integration framework that integrates commercially available components  --  storage, video management systems, content management systems --  with government-provided edge and processing devices into one system of systems.  The framework should allow open data exchange, the addition of new modules and have the ability to:

  • Control and receive data from a variety of field-located surveillance devices that have integrated cameras, communications, routing, analytics, storage and other ancillary components.  
  • Secure the video with hashed encryption through its lifecycle and manage access control.
  • Employ a combination of system- and user-generated metadata.
  • Operate in limited, low-quality bandwidth environments.
  • Store video and metadata in data center for analysis then transfer it to a cloud-based system.
  • Perform analytics at the edge and in the cloud that allows users to identify motion, faces, text, or other information, mark the information with metadata and send notifications when events of interest occur.

The system could eventually be used by up to 2,500 simultaneous users and between 1,000 and 5,000 active cameras.

Read the full request for information here.

About the Author

Susan Miller is executive editor at GCN.

Over a career spent in tech media, Miller has worked in editorial, print production and online, starting on the copy desk at IDG’s ComputerWorld, moving to print production for Federal Computer Week and later helping launch websites and email newsletter delivery for FCW. After a turn at Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology, where she worked to promote technology-based economic development, she rejoined what was to become 1105 Media in 2004, eventually managing content and production for all the company's government-focused websites. Miller shifted back to editorial in 2012, when she began working with GCN.

Miller has a BA and MA from West Chester University and did Ph.D. work in English at the University of Delaware.

Connect with Susan at or @sjaymiller.

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