Visual Management Systems and Veracity help Shannon Airport benefit from ultra-reliable CCTV capture with COLDSTORE™ technology


Linear Array of Idle Disks (L.A.I.D™) technology combined with unique Sequential disk Filing System (S.F.S™) offers enhanced reliability with 40% reduction in space and 70% reduction in power consumption

veracity_logoVisual Management Systems and Veracity have announced a new installation of its COLDSTORE surveillance storage system at Shannon Airport that is helping to dramatically improve the reliability of CCTV recording while significantly reducing rack space, power and cooling.

Shannon Airport is the third busiest airport in Ireland welcoming 1.715 million passengers in 2015.  The new terminal opened in 2000, has 40 check-in desks, 5 baggage carousels and 14 boarding gates with nearly 20 aircraft parking stands. The airport has had a long-term relationship with Visual Management Systems, a Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) solution provider that integrates and manages some of the world’s largest and most complex security systems in airports, military bases, museums, city centres, national borders, retail malls, oil and gas assets and critical national infrastructure.

Over the last decade, Visual Management Systems has helped Shannon develop an integrated security system including over 200 CCTV cameras, 70% of which are mega-pixel high definition cameras alongside a host of integrated facility management systems. Following a recent upgrade from analogue to digital HD CCTV technology, Visual Management Systems and Shannon Airport needed to revaluate how sensitive and critical security video is viewed, analysed and retained.

As John Francis, Security Manager for Shannon Airport explained, “The move from our legacy CCTV to the new AXIS HD cameras enhanced our security surveillance capability, but also led to a massive increase in capacity for our video storage along with greater performance requirement. The old NAS boxes, although adequate for the old analogue system, were also starting to show their age which prompted us to revaluate and select a better long term video storage platform.”

With limited rack space within its comms room and a need for high throughput, continuous writes along with absolute reliability, Visual Management Systems and Shannon Airport began to examine a number of options. As Jay Shields, Managing Director for Visual Management Systems explains, “In this type of scenario where CCTV reliability is critical, COLDSTORE is a particularly good fit and the high density, low power consumption appliance provides a number of additional benefits.”

Veracity’s COLDSTORE is an innovative Network Attached Storage (NAS) system designed for video surveillance systems requiring long duration archives with the highest levels of reliability.  The Linear Array of Idle Disks (L.A.I.D™) technology combined with unique Sequential disk Filing System (S.F.S™) offers a 90% power saving versus RAID with much higher reliability, and a lossless failover technology that removes the need for time-consuming rebuilds of failed drives by instead utilising an instant hot swap disk technology. Offered as a 3U high, 120TB unit that uses only 0.5w per Terabyte, COLDSTORE will also extend the life of hard disk drives, significantly reduce the levels of air-conditioning required in the server room and cut the cost of back-up UPS.

COLDSTORE integrates seamlessly with TITAN VISION, the flagship PSIM from Visual Management Systems, an open standard, multi-vendor capable PSIM running at Shannon Airport. TITAN VISION controls multiple disparate security systems including video surveillance, access control, video analytic intrusion detection, fire and safety and building management. The PSIM also offers the capability for immediate disaster recovery, business continuity and redundant operation. This includes backup systems such as servers, databases and network for automatic transfer of control room operation.

The installation and configuration carried out by Visual Management Systems has enabled 5 COLDSTORE appliances to record video footage from over 200 cameras including HD and analogue with absolute reliability. The implementation of over 300TB with the potential for a further 300TB future expansion has reduced the required rack space by 40% and power consumption by 70%, including a significant reduction on the workload of attached HVAC systems within the comms room.

“TITAN VISION and COLDSTORE have easily met and surpassed our expectations,” says John Francis, “the additional features such as the ability to swap-out disks whenever we need, and no data loss on disk failure are key for us and ensure that we are able to deliver a reliable and scalable storage environment suitable for all our security video requirements.”

About Veracity
Veracity delivers innovative, intelligent solutions that solve real-world IP video challenges in transmission, storage and display.  For over a decade, our products and designs have been trusted and recommended by security system integrators, enterprise clients and major industry partners.  The solid foundations of our in-depth expertise and our highly-talented team enables us to work with key companies in the industry and continuously create new opportunities and growth for ourselves and our partners.

Transmission:  Veracity offers a full range of IP transmission products designed for IP video, including Ethernet-over-coax adaptors, network extenders and long-range wired Ethernet transceivers, all with POE.  Veracity’s extensive product range also includes Master NTP time servers, IP camera installation tools, and POE network switches, including 12/24V versions for vehicle applications.  Veracity’s IP products are sold throughout the world via integrators, distributors and partners.  The products have a strong reputation for innovative design, high quality, reliability, and very long lifetimes.

Storage:  Veracity is the pioneer of the first storage solution designed for specifically for video surveillance.  Veracity COLDSTORE™ surveillance storage systems provide the highest possible levels of hard disk reliability and the longest file retention periods whilst simultaneously delivering a 90% reduction in energy consumption versus conventional RAID storage solutions.  COLDSTORE™ customers have benefited from a dramatic reduction in total cost of ownership for high capacity storage across applications as diverse as city surveillance, stadia, hospitality, healthcare, retail, logistics, banking/finance, prisons and transportation.

Display: Veracity’s third product area involves the display and presentation of not just video, but also system information and status monitoring, aimed at improving and simplifying the management of larger surveillance systems.  Veracity’s aim is to deliver critical monitoring functions in a highly visual and concise manner, reducing operator training costs and improving overall system efficiency.

System Combination: TRINITY™ combines transmission, storage and display into a single highly efficient system. Veracity’s emerging surveillance architecture is an industry-leading direct-to-storage technology that exploits the power of intelligent IP cameras, recording directly to COLDSTORE™ hard disk arrays, with advanced fail-over, scalability and system resilience features.

About Visual Management Systems Ltd.
Established in 1996, Visual Management Systems Limited is one of the UK’s leading providers of integrated IP CCTV and PSIM (Physical Security Information Management) systems including hardware, software and video wall applications. The flagship product is TITAN VISION, an Integrated Security Management suite which delivers complete situation awareness, integration of all security subsystems, unified configuration across the network, programmable logic for automating response, workflow management to guide user response, and complete audit, reporting and forensic tools. Our customers include: airports, military bases, museums, city centres, national borders, oil and gas assets and critical national infrastructure.


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