There are many benefits to converting to a video-surveillance solution through cloud computing, which allows you to view, store, protect, process, transmit and securely retrieve information from a single point of access. Internet-protocol (IP) cameras are highly recommended, as they offer maximum compatibility and enable service providers to remotely monitor large quantities of cameras. If you currently have analog cameras or CCTV, don’t despair. With minimal cost, analog can be enabled to transmit data via the Internet for real-time remote surveillance.
Managed video hosting works hand-in-hand with remote surveillance services and allows facility operators to access live and archived video feeds through one convenient Web portal. Most storage facilities today use an on-site storage device such as a digital video recorder (DVR). However, DVRs can experience reliability issues or even be stolen by criminals wanting to cover their tracks.
With video hosting, your footage is stored safely and securely off site. This protects crucial evidence from being accidentally deleted, erased or removed. This service also allows you to log in to one interface or Web browser from your computer, laptop or cell phone while having simultaneous access to multiple videos from any Internet connection.
Although most cameras can be accessed directly, there are limitations for out-of-date security systems, networks or data-storage devices. For example, if there’s more than one person accessing a camera, the video quality deteriorates or the connection drops off. The user experience is directly related and limited to the user’s Internet connection. Unless you have an in-house data center with abundant upload bandwidth, your site can only support one remote user at a time due to the size of video data.
Video-hosting providers have solved the problem by routing the data through secure data centers (hosting the video online), allowing multiple users simultaneous access via the Internet, with no degradation of quality. Ideally, this service works best for customers managing multiple cameras at multiple locations, but it’s also cost-effective for owners of a single facility. You have 24/7 access to your live or archived video, with the flexibility to choose how many days of archived video you store.
Now that we’ve analyzed the security options and weighed the industry standards, let’s outline some of the benefits of choosing products and services approved for the SAFETY Act:
- Low cost of ownership―no DVRs, expensive monitoring equipment or software upgrades
- 24/7 remote camera access of multiple locations from one login, anywhere, any time
- Human intervention specialist who can catch criminals in the act
- First responders receive actionable intelligence
- Proactive vs. after-the-fact investigation
- Decreased loss and mitigated risk
- Lawsuit liability protection
Investment decisions are about doing what’s best for your company and, ultimately, your customers, so choosing the right security system shouldn’t have you caught between a rock and a hard place. Choose to advance to a more robust security system that positively impacts your bottom line. Remember, vendors that display the SAFETY Act designation logo offer products and services approved as QATT, providing proven effectiveness and levels of liability protection to users.
Jason Benedict is the marketing manager for Iveda Solutions, a subsidiary of Iveda Corp., a provider of online security technology including video hosting and real-time video-surveillance services. Iveda was awarded the SAFETY Act designation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology provider. For information, call 800.385.8616; visit www.ivedasolutions.com.