Should You Embrace Hosted Video Surveillance At Your Facility?
published on June 09, 2015 by Jon Ecker
Where are you storing your security video data, how long are you storing it for and how much are you able to store?
With the cloud hovering over the security industry, we now know where CCTV technology is going. Hosted video surveillance, while still on the cutting edge of new security technology, is influencing facilities to consider streamlined, scalable and cost-effective video surveillance data storage.
Let’s take a look at the kinds of facilities embracing hosted video surveillance services and what the future looks like for the rest of us.
Hosted Video Surveillance: Moving Beyond Small Businesses
The value in pairing video surveillance technology with cloud storage comes from the ability to transition onto a single, infinitely expandable platform. For forward-thinking organizations, switching to browser-based security technologies, specifically video management solutions, ensures rapid and efficient network storage. Launching a new security system using IP-based security technology is the fastest way to implement new technology in the modern security landscape.
Small businesses have currently embraced the ability to capture and store high-definition video locally, while uploading standard definition video for safekeeping in the cloud. Larger facilities have a tougher time embracing hosted surveillance video because of the hundreds of cameras on-site and large amount of video data requiring storage. As camera quality increases, video quality also increases, as well as the amount of data, which means storage can become quite expensive.
There is, however, a way for facilities to embrace hosted video surveillance on a small scale before taking on the costs of full integration. For example, a strategic, hybrid approach to cloud storage involves choosing the most important video surveillance cameras and storing their data in the cloud while storing other data locally. In some cases, multi-building organizations, such as high-end fitness centers and retail stores, may choose to implement hosted video surveillance at each individual location.
Staying Ahead Of Shifts In Security
The advantage to hosted video surveillance is similar to any other hosted service out there: Everything is stored, maintained and updated offsite by a third-party vendor who eliminates headaches and redundancies you might be experiencing with your security data.
By forming a strategic partnership with a security integrator, you gain a security advocate who can help you focus your security efforts through hosted and remote security management solutions. Plus, these managed services ultimately reduce costs normally associated with buying and keeping security data and hardware on-site.
When you’re in the beginning stages of any new security technology investment, your first steps should involve a strategic evaluation of your needs from leading security professionals. Outside perspective from expert eyes is the key to embracing new technologies and implementing them as quickly and painlessly as possible.
Take the first strategic step today. Assess the strength of your current security technology with the help of true security professionals.