March 2022, Quebec National Police (QNP) issues a very ambitious proposal requesting a law enforcement interview recording solution. Their request, a demand for the highest levels of security, quality and flexibility for 115 interview recording facilities spread over a territory spanning 644,000 square miles. All recordings must be viewed live from any location and centralized at their Montreal headquarters.
Only MaestroVision, a Boca Raton, Florida-based company offering law enforcement technologies developed by television broadcast engineers, offers a solution. Not satisfied with receiving only one proposal, the QNP issued a second request for proposal in May 2022 ensuring that all interview recording developers worldwide were aware of this project valued at $5M. Again, only one company, MaestroVision, comes forward, and in December 2022 they are confirmed as the supplier of choice by the QNP.
MaestroVision providing law enforcement technologies developed by television broadcast engineers.
The Quebec National Police accounting 5,500 police officers.
Installation on 115 interview recording facilities on a territory of 644,000 square miles.
CHALLENGE 1: Recording Stations
- Provide the highest quality of audio and video recording.
- Record on touch screen monitors.
- Only industrial grade components are accepted.
- All recordings need to be encrypted.
- Must have a user-friendly interface that is easy to learn and use.
- The solution does not require the installation of proprietary playback software.
- IP camera technology was not acceptable due to lack of quality and security.
- The video inputs of the device must comply with the SMPTE 292M Serial Digital Interface (HD-SDI) standard.
- Generate marker thumbnails in JPG format, i.e. one thumbnail every 5 minutes, from the camera framing the interviewee, to allow users to locate specific points in the video during playback.
- Allow video recordings to be annotated during interrogation, with the possibility of making corrections to annotations before transfer to a mobile medium (USB key, external hard drive, DVD or other).
- The solution must be able to transfer video files, audio files, thumbnails and the annotated registry file to one DVD disc as well as a USB key simultaneously at the end of the interrogation via the recording application.
CHALLENGE 2: Portable Kits
- The supplier had to provide a portable software solution that has the same specifications of an on-site recording application.
- The portable kit needed to include a rugged laptop computer, cameras, microphone, tripod and carrying case.
CHALLENGE 3: Centralized Storage
- The solution must transfer all video and audio files, thumbnails, and annotated log files from all 115 interview recording facilities to the centralized management system located at QNP HQ
- All file transfers must be encrypted for security purposes.
- Restrict viewing of certain video recordings to authorized profiles only.
- Issue alerts if unauthorized users or profiles “attempt to access” one of the solution’s data stores.
- The centralized solution must be accessible via a web browser for all end users and controllers.
CHALLENGE 4: Security
- The solution has to ensure that only authorized users have access to the solution.
- The solution has to allow the creation of security profiles that are assigned to users or user groups, allowing access to the various modules, functions, and fields of the system.
- The solution has to have an auditing and logging system to track each of the operations and transactions carried out in the application.
- The solution has to have the ability to alert the administrators of any breach of security measures, any abnormal activity, and any anomalies.
- The solution has to encrypt data when it is stored or in transit, between the workstation and the servers of the solution as well as between any components of the solution.
- The solution has to allow the use of encryption keys generated by the Police Department that will keep everything under secure control.
- The solution has to comply with a minimum of 256-bit AES or TLS 1.2 encryption depending on the mode of communication chosen for the data in transit.
THE CONCLUSION :
The solution was successfully delivered by MaestroVision on May 2023