Benefits of Cloud Based Video Surveillance Monitoring
With modern security needs, protecting your most important assets from criminal activity or the health and safety of your employees, has led businesses to embrace cloud-based video surveillance and storage as a safe and easily scalable solution for storing video data for extended periods of time.
With cloud-based video surveillance monitoring (VSM), an unlimited amount of footage can be saved to a remote storage system, and easily accessed through any internet connection, application or web browser.
Cloud-based VSM is affordable, easy to install, provides extended storage at a lower cost, is easily accessible and easily scalable with multiple cameras and multiple sites on a central management platform.
Remote, Cloud-Based, Video Security acts as your eyes and ears throughout your property or facility, protecting your most important assets. It allows end-users to manage multiple remote properties and infrastructure, from one platform, with the ability to monitor via mobile or desktop, live video, search historic video, turn cameras on and off, adjust camera settings or email videos.
Internet Connected Traditional DVR/NVR/VMS
Traditional video monitoring systems require a manually intensive process to support and maintain on-site hardware and software, firmware and configuration updates.
Initial set up has a high upfront capital expenditure, requiring a computer to be installed on your site for video processing, recording and management. Video is later accessed through an internet connection for viewing or archival storage. The process is complex to deploy and requires:
- Installation of operating system software
- router configuration
- storage server set up
- camera configuration and installation of application software
After set up, ongoing support and expenses can be unpredictable:
- maintenance fees
- router configuration
- operating system security patches
- remote network access
- system configuration
- applications and cyber security expertise and support
Storage is limited by the hardware capacity you chose when you purchased your system. In order to increase your storage, or the length of time you can retain your monitoring data, you must buy additional or replacement hardware and have it configured. Storing video backup on a network quickly consumes bandwidth.
Benefits of a Cloud Based Video Monitoring System (VMS)
Cloud Security Camera Video Monitoring Systems provide:
- 100% cloud management
- 100% mobile and web browser viewing
- and if you want, 100% cloud recording
The ease of on-demand deployment, plugging in the on-site bridge appliance, and auto configuring cameras is the first major benefit when compared to the complex deployment of a traditional system. The next being the compute-heavy hardware and software are in the cloud with ongoing support provided offsite by the provider.
Cloud Based Video Monitoring provides a flexible combination of on-site and cloud-based storage. Using any device or browser, you get the same access regardless of where video is viewed or stored and you can instantly increase the resolution or retention period for you video monitoring, without having to modify existing hardware.
A wide variety of camera choices is available to you and are easily installed, and configured automatically. With a traditional system, end-users must manually connect and configure any new cameras added to the system, making a cloud-based video security system much more efficient and easier to scale with on-demand deployment.
Central management tools allow you to delegate access, revoke access, and track all activities from your favourite web browser.
You can receive email or SMS alerts for camera tampering, or motion detection or alerts and warnings when cameras go offline.
Security camera systems designed to store video at a specific location through a bridge and recorder system, allow you to remotely manage your devices that act as a video gateway from cameras to the cloud. There are two types of these devices:
- A bridge -provides local caching of video
- Cloud Managed Video Recorder (CMVR) -provides long-term, on-premise video storage, however you are not limited to the confines of on-site hardware. You can choose to store some, or all of the video in the cloud or on the local device.
Remote Cloud Based Surveillance Video Monitoring
The biggest obstacles and challenges for any organization that requires remote monitoring, such as remote drilling locations or construction camps, is the ability for equipment to withstand any climate, and have a constant power supply. Rigstar has engineered a solution that is completely independent and takes less than one hour to install and deploy for 24/7 video monitoring.
For one particular oil sand producer, Rigstar provided time-lapse video monitoring for the construction of their SAGD facility over a 3-year period. Our Remote Service Unit (RSU) generated enough power the camera could broadband radio during the entire construction of the facility, while our Network Operating Centre (NOC) monitored the radio link and battery level to ensure the camera system was never down.
The RSU maintained 100% uptime and successfully documented the entire 3-year project, giving the end-user complete visibility of the site from start to finish, and the ability to download HD video at any time throughout the build.
Cloud Based Video Surveillance Monitoring solutions benefit the end-user providing a low capital cost investment with fully utilized hardware, low power cost, and a much faster and easier to deploy system with less hardware costs and a faster installation time.
The benefit of managing multiple remote properties and infrastructure, managed from one platform, with access from any of your devices, anytime, and anywhere is why businesses are embracing cloud based video and storage as an easily scalable solution to their security needs.