Case Study: March Networks' Applications Deliver Reliable Video Storage 24/7 for Mobile


Case Study: march-networks

As a leading provider of IP video solutions, March Networks offers robust video storage for surveillance systems to clients worldwide. With a portfolio that includes IP and analog cameras, NDVRs/DVRs and powerful video management software and applications, March Networks fills the surveillance needs of high-profile banks, retailers and transportation entities.


More than 450 financial institutions rely on March Networks’ video surveillance solutions. In this market, enterprise-class recording systems with centralized storage management enhance security, making it easier to pull video evidence to identify fraudulent activity and reduce losses. Customers require solutions that can store at least three months of video content.


March Networks’ retail solutions deliver value to merchandisers, convenience stores, grocery stores and quick-service restaurants that typically require standalone surveillance recorders to store 7 to 60 days of video. In some regions of the world, customers are permitted to store only 24 to 48 hours of content at a time, allowing them to take advantage of higher video resolutions. Addressing these requirements with surveillance products from March Networks, retailer customers successfully confront risk, reduce losses and improve performance.

Reliable Video Storage 24/7 for Mobile Needs

For bus and rail fleet operators worldwide, mobility is key. Clients like the Toronto Transit Commission rely on March Networks’ applications for around-the-clock uptime, reliability and vibration tolerance. In 2009, the TTC’s March Networks mobile solution caught video of an arsonist pouring gasoline over the seats of a public bus and lighting it on fire. Clear, high-quality footage of the act helped local police identify and capture the arsonist and file charges in one day.

To ensure consistent storage reliability for its diverse client base, March Networks uses drives suited to its particular surveillance offerings. The line of hard drive products from Seagate is a natural choice for the company.

Seagate Drives Provide Durable, Flexible Solutions

For retail and banking environments, March Networks implements Seagate® Video 3.5 HDDs (formerly Pipeline HD®).These drives provide reliable, 24×7 operation and capacities up to 4TB, with low-power profiles and affordable price points for the company and its clients.

March Networks introduced Seagate Surveillance HDD (formerly SV35 Series) drives into its fixed recording products for retail and banking customers. According to Ken Maughan, product line manager at March Networks, adoption of these drives was prompted by their low failure rate, high capacity (up to 4TB) and affordability. The Surveillance HDD “provides durable and reliable performance and is tuned to handle the high write workloads of March Networks’ 24×7 video surveillance systems,” Maughan said.

To address the needs of transportation clients, March Networks utilizes Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDDs (formerly Constellation® ES) in its mobile products. With a robust chassis design to support mobile applications and the enhanced rotational vibration tolerance of these drives, customers receive predictable 7200-RPM performance in the most rugged multi-drive environments. These drives are also available in capacities up to 4TB.

Using the Seagate portfolio of industry-leading video surveillance drives, March Networks achieves the storage features it needs to save money, optimize performance and improve reliability in all of its surveillance applications.

The Surveillance HDD provides durable and reliable performance and is tuned to handle the high write workloads of March Networks’ 24×7 video surveillance systems.”
—Ken Maughan, March Networks

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