Adam Bannister

Editor, IFSEC Global

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Adam Bannister is editor of IFSEC Global. A former managing editor at Dynamis Online Media Group, he has been at the helm of the UK's leading fire and security publication since 2014.
May 17, 2019

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Mobile access series #1: What you need to know

11 benefits of migrating video surveillance to the cloud

Adoption of cloud-based video surveillance – or Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) –  is growing rapidly, although for the time being the server-based model remains in place for most organisations.

This is despite the fact that 93% of businesses have already adopted cloud solutions for other functions.

Speaking to IFSEC Global last year Ken Francis, president of Eagle Eye Networks, said this was simply “because there aren’t many people offering VSaaS”. And even then, it is rarely ‘true cloud’, he suggested.

“In Europe there may be five or six companies that call themselves cloud VMS – but most are cloud-managed. They’re not taking the video in a streaming state to the cloud. We’re the only ones doing that.”

These 11 benefits include economies of scale, storage retention flexibility, bandwidth management, remote access and cybersecurity

What exactly are the limitations of being merely cloud-managed then?

The only thing they take to the cloud is clips associated with the alerts,” continued Francis. “So if you want to put analytics on that system you have to get your analytics server and software, and take it out on site to where the video is.

“So it’s still the old fashioned way, with all the old fashioned costs, even though it’s advertised as a cloud system.”

Explaining the benefits of a comprehensive cloud solution, he said: “We are very unique: to my knowledge the only company in Europe streaming all video to the cloud. Because the video is in the cloud we can then analyse and do things with it without any further expense to the dealer or end user.”

VSaaS typically includes video recording, storage, remote viewing, management alerts, cybersecurity and more. Rising bandwidth availability can only accelerate adoption.

Eagle Eye Networks has published a white paper that clarifies “the fundamentals for a true cloud system, using guidelines set by the US Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology. It provides an 11 point comparison of key differences between ‘VSaaS’ cloud-based video management system (VMS), and an internet-connected traditional DVR, NVR, or VMS. This checklist can help you assess which system type will best fit your company’s and/or your customers’ needs.”

These 11 benefits cover, among other things, economies of scale (thus Eagle Eye could afford to slash VMS subscription prices by up to 45% recently), storage retention flexibility, bandwidth management, remote access and cybersecurity.

Download VSaaS: 11 reasons Why Video Surveillance is Moving to the Cloud.

Eagle Eye Networks is exhibiting at IFSEC International 2019, taking place 18-20 June 2019 at ExCeL London (stand IF834). Book your free ticket now.

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