Their bioethanol plant in Anklam, Germany is required by law to monitor the facility with surveillance cameras.
The problem wasn’t setting up the cameras and the recording system. It was having to keep the video for three years.
Longer retention times are adding fuel to a surveillance video storage fire already fanned by growth in the number of cameras and camera resolutions. Some industries are required to save surveillance data for decades.
Suiker Unie figured out that the great thing about archived surveillance data is that it rarely needs to be recalled. That made archiving to optical discs a cost-effective solution for their problem. Unlike disk drives, DVDs and Blu-ray Discs are energy-passive, and last for decades.
Disk drives are necessary for some applications. Long-term archiving of surveillance data is not one of them.