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Best Data Storage Solutions for Traffic Cameras



In recent years, traffic cameras have evolved into an important tool for transportation agencies located throughout the United States. These cameras are useful to agencies that are trying to resolve traffic management problems, for example. Closed-circuit television cameras are also helpful when it comes to verifying incidents, preparing a response to an occurrence, monitoring special events and reporting current weather conditions. The video captured by these cameras can even help law enforcement solve crimes.


How Long Traffic Camera Footage Is Stored

In general, a transportation agency has three choices when it comes to using its traffic cameras. An agency can choose not to use traffic cameras to record things or it can use them to record footage sometimes or all of the time.


When the U.S. Department of Transportation compiled a report entitled “Transportation Management Center Video Recording and Archiving Best General Practices” in 2016, the result included a discussion of the time that select transportation agencies stored their footage. The report examined data storage requirements in several contexts, including whether or not a given agency used its cameras to record all the time or some of the time.


Agencies that always record footage with their traffic cameras do so by recording in a non-stop loop that retains imagery until it’s overwritten with new footage after a certain amount of time passes. Here is the minimum amount of time that footage will be stored in a few states examined for the DOT’s study:

  • Minnesota: Four Days

  • Iowa: Three Days

  • Wisconsin: Three Days

  • New Jersey: Seven Days

Storage space and an agency’s anticipated needs drove more than half of the agencies’ decisions to choose a given length of time to retain footage. In general, it’s advisable to hold onto CCTV footage that’s captured for security purposes for a minimum of 30 days. While that may be a rule of thumb, it doesn’t seem to be happening with traffic cameras.


Although there is some variance in the length of time footage is stored between states that record all the time, there are even greater differences for states that use cameras that only record sometimes. In those states, traffic camera footage is retained anywhere between two hours and one week to a year or more.


Storage Technologies for Traffic Camera Footage

Regardless of how long your transportation agency wants to store footage, it’s vital for you to use the best data storage technology. It’s only by using the best data storage systems that you can be sure you can access the appropriate footage when you need it and you can store data in compliance with the law so you don’t violate anyone’s privacy.


SANDirect offers a generous number of data storage solutions for transportation agencies that store footage for any length of time. From all-flash solutions to hybrid data storage options, cloud-based storage alternatives and more, we have a solution that will work seamlessly for your agency.

To find the best data storage technology for your transportation agency, fill out our data storage checklist. We’ll review your checklist, research the options that are the most appropriate for your location and contact you with data storage solutions you’ll be able to rely on. Get started by completing our data storage checklist now.

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