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Canadian Courthouse System

Improve Security for Canadian Courthouses Through Intelligent Infrastructure


The Canadian Court system is widely distributed, consisting of small satellite courthouses spread across Canada’s provinces. While the supreme court in Ottawa and provincial courts in populous areas like Toronto and Montreal have dedicated, government-owned facilities, most Canadian courthouses are leased from private- or corporate-owned office space. With full dockets, these facilities have hundreds of people coming and going regularly throughout the day.

The diverse and distributed nature of the court facilities has resulted in the adoption of myriad camera types and a massive amount of data storage. Even with metal detectors at the entrances, camera coverage is needed at every point of ingress and egress. Security departments are chronically understaffed, and the lack of a legal definition for data retention means each facility often has its own policy. Plus, the remote nature of the satellite court system has surfaced a common challenge in the security world: the absence of local IT support to maintain the local servers and keep the software and security patches up to date.

Despite the challenges, courthouses need the ability to identify persons who should or should not have been in the courthouse on a given day, meaning they can’t afford to lose a byte of video data due to dropped frames or an outage. That’s why—when tasked with finding a video surveillance solution that can ensure continuous, high-quality recording across scores of cameras, protect petabytes of data and provide easy access to video data at any time and from any device—Canadian courthouses are increasingly turning to hyperconverged infrastructure, or HCI.

Intelligent Infrastructure for Canada’s Widely Distributed Courthouse System

Support for Multiple Security & Surveillance Applications on a Common Platform

Pivot3’s intelligent infrastructure for video surveillance enables Canada’s courthouses to consolidate data storage, video management systems, access control, facial recognition, video analytics software and other related applications. This includes legacy security system components—onto an easy-to-deploy, simple-to-manage and highly scalable platform. This eliminates the need for separate, siloed physical servers and storage Providing a much higher level of resilience and fault tolerance while reducing costs and complexity. All of this is possible without dispatching local IT personnel to court facilities across the geographic expanse of Canada’s provinces.

Pivot3 Meeting Key Infrastructure Challenges for Canada’s Courthouses

Key Benefits of Pivot3 Video Surveillance

Optimized for Video Surveillance

Pivot3 delivers the only HCI platform purpose-built to handle the demanding workloads of IP video surveillance applications. Designed to meet the uncompromising video recording and storage requirements government regulations and auditors require, Pivot3 delivers the highest levels of performance, resilience and scalability, so critical surveillance data is stored without loss, protected from hardware failures, and always available when and where it is needed.

High Availability and Fault Tolerance Protects Critical Evidence

Pivot3 safeguards evidentiary and non-evidentiary video data from hardware failures, protects data and maintains high performance during simultaneous failure events, and immediately recovers from server outages with built-in failover.

Accessible Anytime, Anywhere, From Any Device

Pivot3 enables fast and simple access to live and recorded video anytime, anywhere and on any device, enhancing real-time situational awareness without the need for expensive cloud services subscriptions or limited functionality mobile apps.

Seamless Scalability to Simplify Growth Planning

Adding a single Pivot3 appliance provides all necessary resources to scale capacity and performance linearly, enabling courthouses to buy what they need now and in the future.

Enterprise Server and Storage Capabilities with Reduced Cost

Combining server and storage resources into one platform prevents the need to purchase additional equipment and reduces power and cooling costs. Patented technology delivers up to 90% capacity utilization, preventing overprovisioning while preserving the highest levels of fault tolerance.

Leverage a Broad Partner Ecosystem

Pivot3 works closely with an extensive network of video surveillance and physical security partners like VMS, access control and video analytics providers, to engineer joint solutions that deliver robust solutions that increase value and accommodate the unique requirements and evolving demands of Canada’s courthouse and justice system.

Why Pivot3 for the Canadian Courthouse System

Pivot3 intelligent infrastructure supports multiple security and surveillance applications on a single platform, delivering high-quality storage, data protection and access to video data. The infrastructure is centrally managed across a widely distributed edge network, with maximum resilience and performance to eliminate downtime and data loss, ensuring continuous service delivery.

Key Advantages

  • Designed to handle the demands of mission-critical video surveillance and security applications while simplifying operations
  • Eliminates downtime, dropped frames and data loss with industry-leading performance and resilience to guarantee availability of video
  • Supports a broad ecosystem of security and surveillance workloads on a single platform, all easily managed through a centralized single-pane-of-glass UI

Business Benefits

  • Reduces risk and liabilities with reliable data protection and resilience for surveillance video data
  • Reduces TCO by consolidating servers, storage and client workstations on a single, centrally managed platform
  • Scales seamlessly, allowing courts to start small and grow surveillance without the rip and replace of NVRs or video