How to Increase CCTV Storage

In the ever changing landscape of security and video surveillance, one key aspect that is often an after-thought is CCTV storage. Many business owners often overlook the importance of a comprehensive CCTV storage solution, with local storage that comes alongside security cameras generally being the default choice. Unfortunately local storage options such as NVRs or DVRs come with limited storage capacity, which means footage is at risk of being overwritten when you run out of space.

 

If you find you’re regularly running out of storage space on your security system you might be looking for ways to increase your CCTV storage. In this article we’ll explore your options, discussing the pros and cons of each, so you can make an informed choice that best suits your needs. Whether you’re aiming for cost-effectiveness, scalability, or enhanced data redundancy, this guide will help you to make an informed decision tailored to your security needs.

 

NAS Drives

 

A NAS (Network Attached Storage) Drive allows users on a local network (LAN) to access data stored on the box. Unlike local storage options within individual security cameras, a NAS drive is a centralized storage solution that can be accessed by multiple cameras over a network. It’s like having a central hub where all your video footage is kept, and, since it’s on the network with some additional setup you may be able to access your footage remotely.

 

Pros:

Ample storage capacity – NAS Drives are designed to increase storage capacity, so are a good solution for those who are looking to store more footage than their current device allows.

Local access – You can access your footage locally, ensuring quick retrieval of data without having to rely on internet connectivity.

Cost effective – Compared to some other storage options, NAS Drives can be a cost effective option.

 

Cons:

Limited remote access – Accessing your footage remotely will most likely require some additional configuration, and isn’t as seamless as a cloud based storage solution might be.

Data loss – Since NAS Drives are physical devices, there is a risk of your footage being lost in case of hardware failure, or theft.

 

Cloud Storage

 

In simple terms, cloud CCTV storage refers to storing your surveillance footage on remote servers that are hosted on the internet. Instead of storing your surveillance footage on a local device or NAS drive at your premises, your footage is uploaded and stored on the cloud. Users can then access and manage CCTV footage when they’re connected to the internet.

 

Pros:

Unlimited scalability – Cloud CCTV storage providers such as Videoloft offer virtually unlimited scalability – which means you can expand your camera network and subsequently your storage quickly and easily, without hardware limitations.

Centralized footage – Cloud storage can bring together cameras from multiple locations and brands into one central platform, meaning you’ll be able to view and manage all your cameras from one place.

Remote access – Since your footage is hosted on the internet you’re able to access your videos from anywhere with an internet connection (including 4G/5G), providing unrivalled levels of convenience.

Data redundancy – Cloud video surveillance storage ensures your footage availability and integrity in case of hardware failures, data corruption, or other unforeseen issues giving complete peace of mind.

 

Cons:

Subscription service – Cloud video surveillance typically means monthly, or yearly subscription fees. Costs may also increase if you need to increase your storage.

Internet dependent – Reliance on a stable internet connection could be a potential drawback. However, some cloud storage providers, including Videoloft, work reliably over 4G/5G networks and the bridging device that connects the cameras to the cloud does contain some onboard storage too.

Security concerns – Some individuals may have concerns about the security of storing sensitive footage in the cloud. However, many reputable providers implement robust security measures to mitigate this risk.

 

 

Optimize Compression and Resolution

 

Optimising compression and resolution in CCTV involves finding a balance between maintaining the quality of surveillance footage and managing your storage space efficiently. Compression and resolution are key things that affect the size of video files. For instance, lowering the resolution of your video will reduce the number of pixels in each frame, leading to smaller file sizes. However, this will also result in a loss of image clarity.

 

Pros:

Utilise your existing storage – Optimising video compression and resolution can significantly increase the storage capacity of your CCTV system.

 

Cons:

Loss of detail and clarity – Reducing resolution may result in a loss of video details which could be a major drawback in situations where detailed images are crucial.

 

Use External Hard Drives

 

External hard drives provide additional storage space when storing surveillance footage. They are often used to create backups of critical surveillance data. By duplicating footage onto an external drive, users have an extra layer of protection against data loss in case of hardware failures or other issues.

 

Pros:

Quick and easy expansion – External hard drives provide a quick and straightforward way to expand your storage capacity. Simply connect the drive, and you’re ready to go.

Affordable option –  External hard drives are often a cost-effective solution if you’re on a tight budget.

 

Cons:

Limited scalability While external hard drives offer an immediate boost in storage, their scalability is limited compared to solutions like cloud storage.

Physical vulnerability As with any physical storage device, external hard drives are susceptible to damage or loss.

 

How to Increase CCTV Storage without Breaking the Bank

 

 

 

When selecting the right solution for you, you’ll need to consider factors such as budget, convenience, and security. It is also worth considering any ‘added-value’ the storage options might add – for instance, many cloud storage platforms can add cutting-edge features such as multi user permissions, analytics and multi camera event playback to a bog standard CCTV system. As technology continues to advance, staying informed and adapting your storage solutions will ensure the integrity of your security system for years to come.

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