The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued Viakoo U.S. Patent No. 10,009,575. The patent covers a storage method for loss-tolerant data stream recording that allocates video data across a plurality of storage drives for reliable storage and playback. Viakoo says this innovation helps to overcome the vulnerability of storing video in RAID sets across very large scale (>8TB) hard drives. 

In addition to the primary storage method of allocating data across multiple drives, the patent also includes several optimization techniques that can be used to further improve reliability. Some of these optimizations are for the use of partitioned drives, making the data storage configuration map known to each partition, preventing the potential loss of reference frames, leveraging different capacity drives within the same system and others. While the patent notes that video streaming data was used as the illustrative example of loss-tolerant data, the methods and systems described in the patent can be applied to any type of loss-tolerant data.

“Our newest patent on innovative video recording methods adds important new elements to our intellectual property portfolio, and strengthens our IoT technical foundation while improving the reliability of customer environments,” said Bud Broomhead, CEO, Viakoo. “We intend to continue strengthening both our intellectual property and the value we deliver to our customers.”