Viakoo Awarded US Patent for Validating Retention Times of Surveillance Data

    [fa icon="calendar"] Dec 20, 2016 9:00:09 AM / by Viakoo

    Enables Tracking of Video Retention Compliance (VRC) as Key Performance Metric

    Mountain View, CA (December 20, 2016) – Viakoo, the leader in automated verification of physical security system performance, today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued its U.S. Patent No. 9,456,190. The patent covers methods for independently calculating the actual time period of retention for an individual video data stream on a recording system. Viakoo has implemented this patent in its products to automatically detect, track, and validate Video Retention Compliance (VRC) as a key performance metric.

    The automation replaces methods currently being used which rely on manual processes, simple checks of time stamps on oldest files, or assertions from the video management software on when it thinks it deleted data. These methods are subject to significant error and are unable to detect tampering.

    “This patent confirms Viakoo’s position as an innovation leader in the physical security industry,” said Bud Broomhead, Chief Executive Officer, Viakoo. “The patent has broad, fundamental claims that we believe are important for automating critical physical security requirements that today are manual, time consuming, and error prone. We intend to continue to build value from our intellectual property through our products and physical security industry relationships.”

    Many organizations that use video systems are required by regulations, industry standards, or internal compliance standards to retain video evidence for a period of time (typically 30 to 90 days). Auditors for industry standards such as PCI, HIPAA/HiTRUST, NIST, FedRAMP, and others are now required to confirm that an organization is systematically retaining video data for the required retention period in order to achieve compliance certification. By virtue of Viakoo’s patent in this area, Viakoo’s products are the only automated approach independently proving retention compliance.

    Measurement of the retention period is performed for each camera stream being recorded on a system. This disclosure describes methods of independently calculating retention for each camera stream recorded in an extremely efficient manner. This calculated measure can be aggregated to create an overall compliance score per recording server, a collection of recorders at a site, or a score for an entire organization.

    Based on ground-breaking research and development by Dr. Manqing Liu, Viakoo Chief Scientist; David Nelson-Gal, Viakoo Chief Product Officer;  and Alex Sternberg, Viakoo Engineer, the company’s patented technology is already field-proven with more than 100 million hours of video surveillance supported to date

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    About Viakoo

    Viakoo automates service and maintenance of physical security systems and delivers automated proof of physical security system compliance. Leveraging purpose-built technology Viakoo quickly and automatically detects physical security system failures, diagnoses problems, alerts users with repair information, and maintains historical records on operations. With Viakoo users improve reliability and performance, gain critical insight into physical security systems, capture valuable operational performance information, eliminate lapses in security coverage and automate reporting for compliance and auditing.

    Viakoo Inc. is an Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) company, located in Mountain View, California, USA.

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