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4 reasons why a cloud solution could be beneficial to your surveillance system

Amsterdam, October 23, 2014

As Europe’s leading provider of cloud-based video surveillance solutions, Cameramanager knows the ins and outs of the cloud surveillance industry. We notice 4 main reasons why companies are choosing cloud surveillance as their primary surveillance solution.

1. Low costs of a cloud solution compared to onsite storage devices

Switching from an on site storage device to cloud storage is, in most cases,financially beneficial. While an on site recorder asks for a major initial investment when buying the recorder, with cloud surveillance the only hardware needed is an ip-camera. Data is automatically stored in the cloud, via an active internet connection. Cloud storage does come with a monthly recurring fee, because providers charge users for the data stored in the cloud. Usually these costs are based on the size of the data or the amount of time that is stored. When we compare an average local storage device (for instance the Panasonic WJ-NV200/4CH/3TB which costs around EUR 800,00) with a cloud storage solution, using 2 cameras, a customer is able to use the cloud solution for over 3 years for the same amount of money.

To decide which option is more affordable one needs to look at his specific situation. For a small to medium business, cloud storage doesn’t ask for a large investment on equipment and requires very low maintenance. In this particular case, cloud storage is a more competitive option. For large companies that need a high number of cameras per location, a cloud subscription can be costly. Still, the advantage offered by a cloud subscription is that costs are monthly, instead of a large initial investment when the onsite recorders need to be bought.

2. Safety of cloud storage

Some prejudice about the safety of data in the cloud still exist. Usually they don’t refer to the actual security that the cloud offers, but to the idea of storing something in the cloud cq. on a server that isn’t visible. Every cloud-service company based in the European Union and that is active in the European Union is subject to the European Data Protection Act. This protection act contains laws and regulations to protect the privacy of the individual or business using the cloud service, and guarantees that their data is handled accordingly.

As soon as information is sent to the cloud, all files are encrypted using complex algorithms. This means that no one can decipher the content of a message as long as someone doesn’t have access to the encryption key. While encrypted data can be cracked, most hackers don’t have the processing power necessary to decrypt the information. The authentication process here is very important. When we investigate the latest cloud hacking scandals, hackers got access to data by attacking the authorization process. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that you chose a username and password very carefully. Also,on-premises environment users or customers actually suffer more incidents than those of service provider environments, making the cloud a more stable option than local storage.

Cloud storage companies live and die by their reputations. It’s in each company’s best interest to provide the most secure and reliable service possible. If a company can’t meet these basic client expectations, it doesn’t have much of a chance - there are too many other options available on the market.

3. The availability of cloud solutions and high up time

Availability of surveillance solutions is focused on ensuring continuity by providing access to the system and its resources.To ensure customers that their data is accessible, a certain uptime is guaranteed by the providers of cloud services, usually per month or per year. For online hosting services the industry’s standard at the moment lies around 99,9% per month. Usually websites show an uptime of 100% for several months in a row, so the guarantee does not mean an actual down time for the promised figure.

While with traditional surveillance systems the availability of the data can quite often not be assured. For example when there is something wrong with the local recording device.

4. Access anywhere & anytime 24/7

Another major advantage of cloud-based surveillance solutions is the accessibility of cameras, footage and data when its stored in the cloud. In modern day society almost everybody owns a computer, laptop, smartphone and, nowadays, maybe even a tablet. An important asset of this mobility combined with cloud storage is that your surveillance is always within reach, because you can access your data from anywhere in the world (provided there’s an internet connection). Cloud-based surveillance solutions, like Panasonic Cameramanager, offer applications available for remote access with live view, footage playback, camera management and even sends alerts when cameras detect something that is interesting enough to take a look at.

A cloud solution: the perfect candidate

Concludingly, cloud-based surveillance solutions can offer numerous advantages for businesses nowadays. Implementing a cloud storage solution means no large initial investments next to an easily expandable surveillance system. Secondly, safety in the cloud can be guaranteed more than with a local storage system. Thirdly, the concerns about technical issues regarding to cloud storage are almost non-existent next to technical issues that on site devices can cause. Finally, cloud solutions offer a great advantage when it comes to accessibility of camera images and footage.