A multinational pharmaceutical company based in Hyderabad, India, which manufactures and sells an extensive range of pharmaceuticals.
The manufacturing unit in Hyderabad is a sprawling area of 10,000 square feet facility that is guarded using 210 cameras of different brands. The manufacturing process-line inside the plant has 60 high-deﬁnition Sony cameras.
Pharmaceutical businesses operate in a highly regulated environment. These companies are required to demonstrate compliance in several areas including the manufacturing process. Other than documentation, companies now record high quality videos (1080 pixels at 25 frames/second) of all production processes and retain them in a reliable storage medium for future access. These recordings help demonstrate compliance without ambiguity.
Likewise, our client ﬁrm sought to record each aspect of their drug manufacturing process - from raw materials, intermediates, ﬁnal products, and packing materials – and preserve the recordings for a period of 3-12 years and make them available during regulatory inspection.
The high-resolution, continuous video recording amounted to a large volume of data and posed a challenge in terms of storage.
There was approximately 340 GB of video from 60 HD cameras every year. The company was initially storing all the recordings online on their servers; but growing volume of storage on expensive server space was leading to an exponential rise in costs. There was an immediate need to reduce the video storage to a healthy size.
Tape drives were a less expensive alternative to store data that was being accessed only during inspections. However, there was the challenge of transferring the recordings from online servers to offline tape drives, as the process called for an expensive software.
The company’s increasing storage needs and limited budget option put them in a dilemma - whether to keep storing video recordings on expensive servers or to archive them in less expensive tape drive, by investing in additional software.
After deep research, the ﬁrm chose Mindtree’s Gladius Video Management Software (VMS) with integrated storage management solution to solve their dual needs of video surveillance (security) and video storage management – all this without purchasing additional software.
Using a single interface solution, the company is now able to secure their premise and keep their storage costs within budget.