New 2TB VaultDisk® Doubles Largest Capacity Removable SSD

CAMPBELL, CA – June 5, 2018 – DIGISTOR announced today the release of the 2TB VaultDisk®—the industry’s largest capacity removable SSD for laptop systems. Bringing the 2TB VaultDisk to market, DIGISTOR effectively doubles the maximum capacity of both the removable SSD for laptops and removable SSD for small form factor (SFF) computers.For administrators required to switch in and out of multiple networks and security clearance levels, VaultDisk provides a game changing solution. Utilizing the latest 3D NAND chips to double the capacity of previously removable SSDs, VaultDisk offers the same incredible benefits of their previous models, but now with a significant capacity increase.
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Dell EMC & DIGISTOR: A Partnership Spurring Growth and Innovation

Digistor creates a time-saving client solution for federal agencies that meets challenging disk-removal requirements, speeds development and increases market exposure with Dell EMC OEM. Read White Paper

Veteran Investor and Entrepreneur Dave Withers Joins DIGISTOR Board

CAMPBELL, CA – April 24, 2018 – DIGISTOR, the leader in secure data and storage solutions, is pleased to announce that entrepreneur and investor Dave Withers has joined their board of directors. A veteran of multiple successful startups, Withers brings with him a 20 year track record of identifying disruptive technologies and building successful hardware and software businesses as both an operator and investor. Withers joins DIGISTOR to assist the company through their unprecedented growth. Read More…

VaultDisk® is now available for the Dell Precision 3520

VaultDisk Removable Boot SSD for Dell Precision 3520 Workstations

VaultDisk® is a drive bay built into Small Form Factor PCs and Laptops that allow for the VaultDisk® SSD boot drive to be easily accessed and removed from the system. Once the drive is ejected, it can be cloned, stored safely, swapped out for a different OS or allow the system to boot into an OS with security clearance to access various network security levels. DIGISTOR has provided VaultDisk® solutions for many Small Form Factor machines, as well as beefy desktop-replacement workstation laptops in the past. Now VaultDisk® is available for the 15” Dell Precision 3520, a lighter, thinner, yet still very powerful workstation laptop.

This workstation has quickly become a favorite among system administrators for its speed and highly upgradable capacity.  Now that the 15” laptop can be shipped with custom drive bays that host the flexible, bootable VaultDisk® drives, it’s an even more attractive option for professionals required to switch in and out of multiple networks and security levels. With VaultDisk®, the SSD can be swapped with the convenience of an old school floppy drive, without exposing the inner workings of the device itself. For professionals working in the federal, defense, and security industries, this combination of flexibility, power and performance is a no brainer.

VaultDisk Removable Boot SSD for Dell Precision 3520 Workstations

DIGISTOR Solves Drive Distinction Problem with Color Identifiable Drives

CAMPBELL, CA – March 13, 2018 DIGISTOR today announced the release of color identifiable VaultDisk® drives, making the interchangeable solid state storage solution even more useful to companies and organizations hosting a variety of security levels and networks. This subtle yet critically important choice aims to make protected networks even more secure and give employees who use and maintain them a swifter way of distinguishing the drives. Read More…

DIGISTOR Secures Success with New Director of Business Development Chris Persaud

CAMPBELL, CA – February 20, 2018 – DIGISTOR, the leader in secure data and storage solutions, is pleased to announce that as of January 2, 2018, Chris Persaud has joined the team as Director of Business Development. With a solid background in technology, sales, and defense, Persaud will focus on continuing to bring DIGISTOR’s enterprise level removable storage solution, VaultDisk®, to the federal space. Read More…

DIGISTOR Creates a New Industry Standard for Secure Removable Drives

Vaultdisk Removable Secure SSD Drives

CAMPBELL, CA – February 14, 2018 – DIGISTOR, the leader in secure data and storage solutions, is pleased to announce the release of VaultDisk®, a removable solid state SATA drive compatible with the 2.5” industry standard in a smaller, sleeker form factor. This removable, bootable storage solution was designed specifically for the federal space and can be utilized in a variety of Dell workstations and laptop systems. For administrators required to switch in and out of multiple networks and security clearance levels, VaultDisk® provides a game changing solution. Read More…

Use Case: With the help of DIGISTOR, the Federal Government Rolls Out a New and Innovative Mobile Data Storage Solution

In the professional data security and storage industry, there are few institutions where the stakes are higher than with the federal government. When a branch was recently in need of a removable data solution for a new mobile workstation platform, they consulted with DIGISTOR.

The application was specified as follows: they required a device that was extremely powerful, yet mobile and flexible enough to allow for a multi-threaded application to perform optimally across multiple networks with varying security levels.

The Challenge

An industry standard for many data professionals, the Dell Precision 7520 is a powerful mobile workstation—but even the 7520 has its limits. While these workstations perform at a very high level, accessing the onboard SSD was time consuming. Removing and transporting the drives was causing mechanical failures in the field.

In addition, the client needed these devices to easily swap in and out of multiple operating systems, security levels, and networks. As administrators transferred between secure and unsecured networks, training networks, operating networks and other environments, a fast, secure and flexible need became clear.

The optimal solution would have to be an easily accessible, powerful, and secure SSD that was removable and interchangeable in seconds, and could plug in and adapt to a range different devices and networks.

The Solution

DIGISTOR partnered exclusively with Dell to create a new solution, the type of which the market has very rarely seen. Our VaultDisk® Removable SSD could be installed into Dell’s existing mobile line of Precision Workstation Laptops. VaultDisk® Secure Removable SSD easily and safely ejects from the DIGISTOR patented entry system.

One of the virtues of this client using the VaultDisk Removable SSD is that it allows for multiple users, operating systems, and security levels to utilize a single platform. A product with this level of power, security and flexibility didn’t previously exist.

Another benefit is that the system is incredibly easy to use, saving the user space, money and time. This solution enables the entire hard drive to be removed with the same ease and convenience as an older generation might have interchanged floppy disks. The VaultDisk system also creates efficiency between multiple users logging into workstations.

Just how fast is the VaultDisk® Removable boot drive SSD solution? Watch below for a comparison.

The Results

The DIGISTOR team seamlessly integrated VaultDisk® across the Dell Precision Mobile Workstation line, giving the client a mobile, secure and conveniently removable solution.

DIGISTOR has released VaultDisk drives in a variety of network ID color schemes to allow for easy detection and use across multiple networks.

Succeeding in their mission to find a new and innovative solution, the Director of Application Deployment at this branch of the federal government later confessed, “Deploying VaultDisk Removable SSD into our workflow saved thousands of man hours and allowed us to achieve compliance with NSA HDD sanitation requirements. The Network ID function specifically gives us the freedom to deploy valuable training required for our applications.”

Dell is now marketing this new breed of solution on an OEM basis and is winning designs across the Fed Sector.

Achieving Maximum Reliability with Police Body Cameras

Police Departments Around the World Wrestle with Body Camera Implementation. With police groups, city officials, and civilian rights advocates calling for more transparency in all police matters, the utility of body cameras cannot be understated. A 2014 review showed that early guilty pleas were obtained in 91% of cases where body camera footage formed part of the evidence. Officers in England interviewed after a body camera pilot program last year reported that having cameras on hand helped to de-escalate dangerous situations involving aggressive suspects.

Departments around the world are now initiating body camera programs and drafting policies in an attempt to integrate cameras into their daily patrols, arrests, and drug searches. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently pledged to have all 23,000 of the city’s patrol officers wearing cameras by 2019.

The trend is clear—departments are headed for full implementation. But as one might suspect with an emerging technology, there have been some growing pains around this step into the next generation of police work.

Time and Money

Two of the largest hurdles faced by departments in adopting body worn cameras are the cost of acquiring the cameras and the time needed to deal with the digital footage. Creating a proper framework and infrastructure to handle the data surge could mean bringing on more staff, or at the very least, creating new workflows to deal with the new data set.  Therein is the issue.

Many police departments are overtaxed as it is, with district attorneys working long overtime hours. One police department in Benton County, Oregon estimated if they fully adopted body cameras on all their officers, they would then be forced to screen and log over 144 hours of video footage per week. That type of need would require more man power and more money—two resources already in scarce supply.

“If we have people working beyond full-time and we’re expected to take on hours and hours of digital work,” says District Attorney John Haroldson, a Benton County, Oregon law enforcement official, “we would have to cut back proportionately the time we’re spending on our current caseloads.”

Police in Burbank, California echo this concern, adding that the cost of implementing the cameras is difficult to swallow in an era when many departments are habitually underfunded. Lt. Jay Hawver recently told the LA Times that it made no sense to request the roughly $570,000 to purchase the cameras for their precinct.

“There is no identifiable need for the cameras, zero public demand for them, and no substantive justification for this expense has ever been articulated,” he said.

Lt. Hawver may be in the minority though. Benton County Sheriff Scott Jackson recently commented that there is indeed a public outcry for body cameras, and that they serve a real purpose for more effective policing.

“As sheriff I’m really looking forward to the day my deputies are wearing body cams,” Jackson said. “It helps build transparency and answers the community concerns. I think they’re a great thing and I think the evidentiary value is great.”

Reliability

The reliability of body worn cameras is another issue that has popped up in pilot testing programs around the globe. Police officers in London’s Scotland Yard were recently called out for using unreliable technology in their initial phase of body camera tests. Some of the devices failed, with officers calling the data captured unusable. Earlier this year, in Texas, the Houston Police Department suspended its body camera testing program after having issues with its WatchGuard cameras.

In London, an investigation into the data failures found that the issues didn’t actually have to do with the cameras themselves, but rather with the logging in and out of the cameras from the department’s system. Downloading and storing the camera’s saved footage was an issue because the antiquated computer system Scotland Yard was using resulting in data losses.

Finding Solutions

While the cost of cameras is an issue that police departments and city councils around the world will have to budget for, we here at DIGISTOR know that there are solutions to data reliability so long as the right procedures are implemented. DIGISTOR offers a portfolio of solutions for reliable law enforcement data storage, including Flash-based storage for body cameras and in-car video devices.

As police departments around the world strive to implement body cameras, you can be sure that DIGISTOR will be here to find solutions that will work for them over the long term. For more information about our suite of police storage devices, visit our product page, or reach out to a DIGISTOR sales representative today.

Sources

http://www.latimes.com/socal/burbank-leader/news/tn-blr-me-body-cameras-20170523-story.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-39730665

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/oregon/articles/2017-05-20/body-cameras-create-unexpected-challenges-for-oregon-county

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/27/nyregion/new-york-police-department-body-cameras.html?_r=0

California Initiates Drafting Body Camera Policy

With body camera footage becoming more and more important to cases drawing widespread national attention, police departments in California are proactively drafting policies to prepare for what they feel is an inevitable mandate – that all officers use and wear the body cameras. Most civilian and police groups agree the devices build transparency and answer the community concerns—but there are still hurdles to adopting the technology.

In Southern California, Los Angeles and Burbank police departments have begun talks with civilian oversight organizations to ensure officers use body cameras with the best possible practices.

“Our goal is to draft a policy that will be the industry standard for other organizations to come to us to have that best policy,” said Deputy Chief Mike Albanese from the Burbank Police Commission.

Though the time frame for when officers will actually begin wearing the cameras is unknown, the public assumption is that it is will happen soon.

“Everyone knows it’s coming,” Albanese said. “Whether it’s going to be mandated legislatively or from an officer-safety component, risk management component… It’s going to happen.”

The biggest obstacle to the body cameras being implemented is the cost involved and the reliability of the storage technology. Burbank looked at buying cameras in 2015 and found the price tag–$570,000—was a bit steep for council members to approve.

While the cost is an issue that police departments and city councils across the nation will have to contend with, we here at DIGISTOR know that data reliability will not be an issue so long as our practices and technologies are employed. DIGISTOR offers a portfolio of solutions for reliable law enforcement data storage, including Flash-based storage for body cameras and in-car video devices.

For more information about our suite of police storage devices, visit our product page now, or reach out to a DIGISTOR representative today.

Sources:
http://www.latimes.com/socal/burbank-leader/news/tn-blr-me-body-cameras-20170523-story.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-39730665https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/oregon/articles/2017-05-20/body-cameras-create-unexpected-challenges-for-oregon-county
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/27/nyregion/new-york-police-department-body-cameras.html?_r=0