How Cloud Video Surveillance is helping the Cannabis industry stay compliant

The cannabis industry is exploding with massive growth across North America.

There is a strong swell of public support, for both recreational and medicinal reasons, and ever-increasing scientific research championing the use of marijuana for its significant therapeutic benefits for all kinds of medical conditions and for its effectiveness in alleviating chronic pain.

And, it’s safe to say, the eye-watering level of tax income generated by legalising cannabis is an attractive incentive for government support too.

Cannabis was legalised in Canada, for both recreational and medical purposes, over five years ago, having already been legal for medicinal purposes.

At the time of writing, the USA landscape is mixed. Nearly half of all US states have fully legalised its use and most other states legalised it under certain conditions. In six states, cannabis is still completely illegal.

Industry experts predict that the market for legal marijuana is only going to continue to grow.

This means that demand for production is growing massively too, and state officials are keen to make sure that crime doesn’t escalate along with that growth.

State regulations dictate that all cannabis operations and dispensaries install and maintain high quality, reliable video surveillance systems to protect cannabis operations and to thwart theft.

Being an expensive product that could easily draw unwanted criminal attention, manufacturers and processors of cannabis need the protection that video surveillance brings to all their premises end to end, from warehousing through to retail outlets.

CCTV video surveillance also provides valuable evidence in any criminal investigation.


State-specific mandates for cannabis cloud video surveillance


Each state is different, but law makers are laying out strict instructions that must be followed by everyone involved in cannabis operations.

For example, California law dictates that cameras must be positioned at all entrances and exits, recording from all angles inside and outside buildings, 24/7 continuously with no interruptions, regardless of the conditions and lighting, so that someone’s movements can be monitored throughout their time moving around your premises.

Also, fencing and gates that surround cannabis crops must be monitored at least 20 feet beyond the perimeter.

Cameras and storage must be Internet Protocol (IP) compatible, and camera resolution must be at least 15 frames per second and at least 1280 x 720 pixels.

The footage must be able to clearly show license plates, facial features and what people are wearing.

All these requirements mean that a huge amount of data needs to be stored, and that all your video surveillance has to be retained for a certain period. Currently, depending on the state, this can be between 14 days and two years.

It’s not just about law enforcement either. Your insurance company may require you to meet one-year industry standard retention guidelines for all your video surveillance.

Local storage devices have limited capacity, and how much capacity your storage device has will depend on the resolution of your footage and the number of cameras you are recording.

The legal requirements for you to record and store high resolution footage, for a defined period of time, are unlikely to be met by a local storage device.


Overwhelming demand on video footage storage


Traditional storage methods make compliance with these tight regulations incredibly challenging for everyone connected to cannabis growing, production, distribution and sales.

What is the solution? Flexible, cost-effective and cloud video surveillance.

That’s where Videoloft comes in.

Videoloft is a simple, secure and affordable way to centralise your camera footage and transform your legacy surveillance system into a powerful offsite cloud storage facility for your security system.

Each state requires you to keep recorded footage for a certain period of time; currently this can be up to two years and it may be extended in the future. Videoloft gives you the option to store your footage for up to five years.


The benefits of cloud video surveillance for the Cannabis industry


Cannabis cloud video surveillance for growers, producers and retailers provides several key advantages over traditional storage options.

It provides you with unlimited offsite storage, removing the burden of sourcing and managing huge onsite data storage.

It increases your security protection because your data is encrypted and there is nothing is on site that can be tampered with, which could hinder a criminal investigation that you, being involved in the cannabis industry, is assisting with.

Storing your video recordings in the cloud means that you can view all your footage centrally and remotely, and access it from anywhere in the world at the tap of your mobile device.

Unlike traditional, physical systems, cloud-based systems never go out of date, as they can be instantly upgraded whenever the software is updated.


Cost-effective compatibility


Rather than having to rip out your existing security system and start again, which many businesses in the cannabis industry would find cost-prohibitive, all you need to do is buy Videoloft’s user-friendly Cloud Adapter to transform your system into a sophisticated cloud video management system.

Then, you choose the right cloud storage plan for you, sync your cameras and you’re up and running.

You can easily update your plan at any time, to scale up or scale down according to your needs and local regulations, only paying for what you use.


Simple and quick installation


Our Cloud Adapter only takes a few minutes to install, via our website or our mobile app, and needs no network configuration.

Videoloft’s secure, offsite cloud backup encrypts and stores your recorded footage securely and you can find and view all your footage easily, using the Videoloft web viewer or mobile app.

Because our website and our app make it so straightforward for you to look through recordings, it means that if you, in your role in the cannabis industry, need to find particular footage to assist with a law enforcement investigation, you will be able to find it quickly and easily which will take up less of your time and will be appreciated by the investigators.


Network outage backup


When the law requires you to prove that your video surveillance system is maintained in reliable working order, and that you need to record footage on a continuous basis, 24/7, Videoloft’s Cloud Adapter provides an invaluable safety net – if your internet connection drops, up to seven days* of video footage can be stored on the Videoloft Cloud Adapter, which is then automatically uploaded to the cloud when the network is restored.

*Based on average utilization across all Videoloft connected cameras. Higher capacity edge storage is available on request.


In summary


Videoloft provides the perfect solution for all businesses within the cannabis industry who need to install an affordable, robust and comprehensive cloud video surveillance platform.

We will ensure that your business premises are supported reliably, with your video surveillance footage stored securely in the cloud. You will have the peace of mind of being compliant with your state’s law regarding how long you need to store all your video footage for which, depending on where you are, could be up to two years as at the time of writing.

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