Adopting cloud CCTV has lots of benefits for both customers and security professionals, but some common cloud CCTV myths can cause uncertainty. However, myths are exactly what they are. Videoloft has busted them! Now there’s no reason not to add cloud video surveillance to every job and make it a vital part of your business.
Myth 1 – Cloud video surveillance requires a lot of bandwidth
There can be concerns that cloud based CCTV has hefty bandwidth requirements. While it can be true that transmitting video can load the network, it is not necessarily a problem. Low bandwidth can be capable of supporting cloud based CCTV storage solutions. How can that be?
- Recording on motion – One reason why cloud CCTV systems use less data than many believe is that they often record on motion only. Therefore they only record a small quantity of footage. By default, Videoloft records on motion, which only results in an average of 2.5 hours of video per day.
- Adjustable resolution – The greater the resolution the harder it becomes to compress the video to a low bit rate, and the greater the impact on the network. However, Videoloft gives you the option to choose between standard definition (SD – 360p), high definition (HD – 1080p) and 4K resolution. If you select to send SD video to the cloud, Videoloft can also take a high res still image for each motion event. This will help provide more detail to support the lower resolution video.
- Dynamically optimized for real-world networks – Videoloft is automatically optimized to suit the live network conditions. Videoloft uses dynamic frame rate, bit rate & resolution adjustment to ensure all recorded events are sent to the cloud, even in poor network conditions.
If you’re still unsure whether a particular site has suitable bandwidth for a cloud CCTV system you can use Videoloft’s network speed test. Run a simple speed test from the Videoloft mobile app (Apple or Google). This will advise you on the maximum number of cameras and the optimal settings. The reality is that cloud CCTV doesn’t have to be data hungry. You can read more on bandwidth requirements for cloud based CCTV.
Myth 2 – Loss of network means loss of video surveillance footage
While we can’t speak for all cloud video surveillance systems, the Videoloft Cloud Adapter comes with 32GB built-in storage which acts as a backup in case of a network outage or bad connection. If the internet drops out, the Cloud Adapter will recognize this. Consequently, it stores the video footage on the edge and then automatically transmits it to the cloud when the internet connection is restored.
Myth 3 – Cloud video surveillance is expensive for me and my customers
For your customers – Cloud based CCTV systems can actually lower the total cost of ownership. Cloud can eliminate the need for an onsite recorder and expensive VMS systems. In addition to this, new features are regularly added to cloud systems. These upgrades are passed onto your customer remotely and with no hardware replacement.
For you – Installing cloud for your customers gives you a source of recurring monthly revenue. Videoloft is 8-10x cheaper than alternative cloud providers. This allows lots of room to add a margin and still price very competitively for your customer. Find out more about cloud price and subscription options.
Myth 4 – Cloud video surveillance is not secure
Cloud CCTV can actually be more secure than storing locally. The second traditional hardware leaves the factory, it becomes out-of-date. Out-of-date hardware is vulnerable to cyber-attacks as new vulnerabilities form and aren’t patched. However, Videoloft’s Cloud Adapter is continually upgraded through software updates, keeping it up-to-date and even more secure.
Many traditional DVRs that permit remote viewing require port forwarding. This means that you are essentially forming a hole in your system to get around a firewall. This, in turn, also leaves it vulnerable to attacks. However, Videoloft requires no port-forwarding or router configuration, making it more secure.
All Videoloft recorded video is saved to Amazon Web Services (AWS) using 256-bit encryption and transmitted over encrypted TLS (HTTPS) channels. Read more on how secure cloud based CCTV is.
Myth 5 – Cloud video surveillance solutions have very limited compatibility
Another myth is that cloud CCTV is only possible with very specific hardware. With the Videoloft Cloud Adapter, you can connect nearly all legacy or new systems to the cloud. Our cloud software integrates directly with many leading manufacturers like Hikvision (Hik) and works with many others via our ONVIF integration. Find out more about our compatibility.
Myth 6 – Cloud video surveillance is complex to set up
Cloud can seem daunting at first, but really cloud installation is very simple. As long as the cloud adapter is connected to the network (watch our 50 second video step-by-step), Videoloft cloud can be installed remotely and in just a few minutes through the Videoloft app. All you need to set up Videoloft is the Videoloft Cloud Adapter and a smartphone or tablet with the latest Videoloft app. Read more about how simple it is to connect IP cameras to the cloud.
Cloud video surveillance myths busted
With the most common cloud myths debunked, there really is no reason not to start adding cloud to every install. In fact, the real question is whether you can afford to not adopt cloud?
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