Cloud-based security solutions are on the rise. Organizations are hopping on the digital transformation trend more and migrating from on-premise to cloud-based systems. By moving their security systems to the cloud, organizations can leverage on its scalability, accessibility, and flexibility to better manage their security systems.
What is cloud-based video security?
With cloud-based video security, video surveillance footage is stored and backed up in the cloud. Users can access feeds and watch footage from any web-enabled device, anytime, anywhere.
Cloud-based video security is often offered by third-party providers such as VSaaS or Video Surveillance as a Service. With VSaaS, providers handle the video management software as well as data storage and server maintenance.
What are the benefits of cloud-based video surveillance?
- Remote monitoring
Cloud-based video surveillance gives you the ability to view activity without having to be at the facility or to manage surveillance for multiple facilities on one platform. All footage from all cameras will be stored in a single, secure location that you can access through any web-enabled device.
- Lower total cost of ownership
NVRs (network video recorders) and DVRs (digital video recorders) are still common storage options for video surveillance. However, cloud-based storage has its benefits over these on-premise methods of storing footage.
Because cloud-based video security is managed by a third-party provider, this lowers the total cost of ownership for a video surveillance system. Cloud-based systems come with significantly less hardware, installation, and maintenance costs.
What's more, migrating to a cloud-based system isn't necessarily a rip-and-replace endeavor. A lot of providers offer video management systems that work with third-party cameras, which means it easily integrates into your existing infrastructure, with no need to throw away existing investments.
- Scalable storage
Cloud storage is easily scalable. Depending on your video retention needs, storage capacity can easily be increased or decreased without needing to make any changes to your on-premise infrastructure or needing new equipment.
Due to the nature of the tool, solution providers for cloud-based video surveillance take great care in ensuring that their platforms have strong security against any potential breach.
Security measures employed for cloud-based video security systems include:
- end-to-end encryption from the camera to the cloud, with unique encryption keys (this means that theft of cameras cannot lead to leakage of recordings
- two-factor authentication and single sign-on
- Video analytics
Solution providers for cloud-based video security have developed analytics technology to process captured footage in real time. This maximizes the use of surveillance systems through advanced monitoring capabilities, turning video surveillance into an even more powerful security tool.
Video analytics can be used for the following, and more:
- object detection and recognition
- license plate recognition
- motion detection
- advanced search to find all recorded instances of a person or a vehicle
This lessens the risk for human error, as it is challenging for security personnel to watch live feeds all day, every day. With video analytics, the system can send real-time alerts when it detects any suspicious activity, leaving security personnel free to perform more productive tasks.
- Integrations with other security systems
Cloud-based video surveillance systems can be integrated with other systems such as access control, fire-life safety, and active shooter or weapons detection systems. This increases operational efficiency by streamlining and automating processes.
Absco Solutions uses best-in-class video surveillance equipment and technology that aligns with the needs of the diverse markets we serve. We partner with the leading innovators in the industry, including Avigilon and AVA to design, install, and maintain video surveillance systems for our clients. Our technicians have extensive expertise in video surveillance and can effectively configure camera systems to suit our clients’ security needs.
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