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Cozaint Corp launches VMS platform with long-term video retention

askALICE provides an enterprise-grade video management software suite integrated with server and multi-tiered storage


August 11, 2020
By SP&T Staff

Cozaint Corporation, a developer of ‘smart’ physical security solutions, announced the launch of askALICE, a video surveillance management hardware and software system delivering long-term retention.

askALICE provides an enterprise-grade video management software suite integrated with server and multi-tiered storage. Cozaint has developed the capabilities of the VMS software to play back video from either initial storage or second-tier storage without any additional steps needed by the surveillance operator.

This enables the Cozaint VMS Software —named BOBBYvms— to play video from various tiers of storage. askALICE integrates LTO-storage as a second tier of long-term retention space while allowing surveillance operators to play back video from any point on the recorded timeline.

“Video surveillance footage has traditionally been stored on hard disk drives, but with increasing camera resolution and the desire for longer retention periods, storage has become a big challenge,” said Peter Faulhaber, president and CEO, FUJIFILM Recording Media U.S.A., Inc., in a prepared statement. “Tiering to LTO tape can make a significant difference by improving total cost of ownership based on low acquisition costs, low energy consumption, and reduced floor space requirements.”

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Customers can playback video with Cozaint’s BOBBYvms, the video management software suite used within the askALICE platform, which has been developed to manage the cost-efficient second tier of video storage. When the surveillance operator traverses on the recorded video timeline, BOBBYvms will automatically retrieve the recorded video from the second-tier storage of askALICE in minutes.

“Being able to deliver a video management software solution that puts no extra burdens on the surveillance operator to go back in time -any amount of time- and easily play back recorded video is what makes LTO video retention truly viable,” said Jay Jason Bartlett, Cozaint’s CEO. “It has taken us years to develop the right software and hardware combination for askALICE to allow for the seamless playback of recorded video from multiple tiers of storage. The costs savings of this solution are truly significant.”