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What is cloud based video surveillance?

Different Versions of Cloud Based Tools for CCTV Monitoring and Recording

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Cloud-based video monitoring

This term means that you can watch the video of your cameras on the internet or on your smartphone.

We offer cloud video monitoring with any of our DVRs or NVRs.

We don’t charge a monthly fee (but some other companies that make DVRs do).

In-browser video monitoring works on both Safari and Internet Explorer, but requires downloading and installing Active-X (or a similar addon for Mac). Our video monitoring can also work in chrome and firefox with an IE compatibility layer that you can get from the “IE Tab” extension. Click here for setup instructions.


Cloud-Based Video Storage

This term means that the surveillance footage that is on your NVR or DVR gets backed up, changed into as an AVI file (or possible another type of video file) and transfered to an online storage service. Cloud, specifically, in this instance means that it is stored in multiple online locations, so that if anything gets corrupted at one location, you have multiple backups.

Our PC recording software (also available on Mac) gives you the ability to backup your footage, store it on any server or computer that you own. With our iVMS software (screenshots to the right), you can schedule this to occur as frequently as you like.

Using our software to backup your DVR’s footage to your computer, is completely free. It does not have a monthly fee or any sort of cost to it. (again, some other manufacturer’s do charge for this).

Cloud-Based Video Surveillance Recording

Cloud based video surveillance recording means that software on the internet is recording your cameras instead of a local DVR or NVR. This is very different than backing up the footage. Several small companies have started doing this sort of thing and are calling it SaaS cloud based video surveillance (SaaS stands for Software-as-a-service and means a piece of software on a server is doing what used to be done by a local PC or other device).

And, well, that’s not even close to a good idea. Here’s why:

1. It is insecure.

Typically these types of cameras connect via wifi – which can be easily blocked or have interference (we offer the option to add a wifi adapter to any of our IP cameras, however, whenever possible we recommend using wires).

Because your internet is tied to your power, you won’t have the ability to use a battery backup to keep your surveillance system running if the power goes out.

If your internet service provider has a disruption of service or if your router starts misbehaving, you won’t be recording. When a DVR or NVR has an issue it “self heals” by rebooting and clearing the issue. There’s no option for that with cloud-based recording.

2. The resolution is low quality and variable

Depending upon the speed of your internet (which varies according to how much you are using the internet — and how much other people in your geographic area are using it), you may not be able to upload the data fast enough, so your camera will simply send lower quality video. This video is lower quality than what you can record locally to begin with and can get reallylow in quality.

3. You probably can’t do it anyways

Cloud-based recording can be a wonderful solution if you have one or two cameras and don’t care a ton about quality or reliability (such as using one for a baby monitor), but it probably isn’t even possible for more cameras than that.

For internet speeds, there is an upload speed and a download speed. In the US, download speeds can be decent (although we lag behind much of the developed world in that, too), but upload speeds are pretty slow. You may not notice this, because the majority of what you do on the internet is downloading, but your ISP (internet service provider) isn’t usually providing great service for uploading data. So, this solution works in Japan (where they have fiber internet in most places) but won’t work well in the US — because our infrastructure is behind the technological curve.

Each camera takes a large amount of bandwidth, so while this can be a great solution for one or two cameras, it can be rendered completely unusable for more than that. It’s nice if you want to put a webcam up and watch the kids; it doesn’t really work for having 4 – 8 cameras guarding your house. For business that are recording up to 64 channels, this problem magnifies itself 10 fold.

4. Obviously, Cloud Based Recording is also going to slow down your internet.

And may render it impossible to surf the net.

This is different that our cloud-based video storage backup with our iVMS software, you can schedule this for when people aren’t in the office or at home.