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You may have heard about police body cameras. Cities around the United States are deploying uniform-mounted cameras on police officers to gain more information about crime scenes and police interactions with the public. In Birmingham, Alabama, the police department has seen a 71% drop in citizen complaints and a 38% drop in use of force by officers. These statistics have led them to order another 300 cameras for their police force.

The hidden cost of the body cameras is not just the hardware, though, it’s the storage. According to computerworld.com, Birmingham’s police force is on track to exceed the 5TB of cloud storage they purchased to house their body camera data in about six months. Dash cam video and CCTV footage that police forces have traditionally stored on local servers or on disc also need new storage methods. In addition to all of that footage, evidence management regulations stipulate that all of this footage can’t be deleted or replaced for a certain number of years.

When you add up all of that video, you’re looking at petabytes of data. This trend is continuing beyond law enforcement and carry over into other regulated industries, in the public sector as well as the private sector, and businesses are struggling with one fundamental question:

How do we manage all this video?

Those organizations that have been the most successful have turned to an enterprise video platform to manage, index, organize, search and distribute video on any level of their business. Enterprise video platforms can take large amounts of video data and make it accessible, researchable and able to be shared with anyone who has access around the world in a highly secure environment.

Beyond using traditional metadata to search through video content, leading enterprise video platforms use Speech Search, which allows users to search through the spoken words in the audio tracks of any video on the server. Once the correct video is found, Speech Search actually pinpoints the location of the spoken word on the navbar of the specific video, giving users the ability to quickly track down precise instances in long videos.

Being able to securely manage and search through large amounts of video data is one of the key drivers of video in organizations. And it’s not limited to institutions like the police force. Companies all over the globe are seeing an influx of video data, but without an enterprise video content management solution, what will they do with it?

If you’d like to learn more, contact Qumu about how leading businesses and organizations are staying at the head of the pack when it comes to video in the workplace.