Body-worn video (BWV) is being rolled out to aid 22,000 Metropolitan Police officers across London’s 32 boroughs, including several frontline specialist roles, and Azure is managing the data.
Believed to be the largest scale employment of body-worn cameras by police anywhere in the world, the Met is utilising Azure to help manage the data created from each of the 22,000 cameras.
Footage is uploaded automatically to the Azure cloud service secure servers, where officers can review and use it in court against those accused of wrongdoing.
In an article on the Microsoft website, Superintendent Adrian Hutchinson, from the Met, said “The Met has selected Microsoft Azure as we believe their UK data residency and transparency around secure data management offers both the public and the Police Service reassurance that this technology is being used effectively to support the prosecution of offenders, the safeguarding of private information and build confidence in policing.”
Microsoft was officially the first global cloud provider to offer a complete and trusted cloud solution from data centres in the UK when it launched in September.
Since then, Microsoft says it has had thousands of clients move to the UK data centres, “utilising the power of the Microsoft cloud for everything from mission-critical, hyper-scale computing needs to experimental and cutting-edge projects.”
Source: Metropolitan Police, Microsoft