Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) is a hosted, cloud-based video surveillance system. This includes video recording, storage, remote viewing, cyber security, management alerts and more. The service is generally very easy to install, requires minimal upkeep, and helps secure your data so you know your business is safe. One of our favorite partners, Genetec Inc. offers a best-of-breed VSaaS option called Genetec Stratocast. VSaaS allows you to access recorded video from your laptop, tablet or even your smartphone.
Top 5 Reasons to Implement VSaaS
Economics of Scale. There are lower upfront capital expenditures which means companies are able to invest more funding into other business areas. Since multiple companies often share server infrastructure, the hardware is fully used and the cost for supporting it decreases. Along with this is lower energy costs due to less servers idly running throughout the day and night. The expenses associated with IT staff are decreased due to the fact that most of the work is not done in-house.
The Fundamental Elements of the Cloud. The nature of the cloud allows for on-demand self-service, meaning a user can automatically adjust capabilities in real-time without needing to contact a service provider. All features can be accessed from mobile devices, laptops, tablets, and workstations from anywhere depending on your settings and security parameters.
Flexibility. When your video recordings are stored in the cloud, you get smooth access to them regardless of where they are viewed. Depending on your provider and your cameras, there are multiple different options for storing in the cloud as well as on-premise hybrid solutions. VSaaS is completely customizable to your needs.
Scalability. If your company is growing, scaling back, or moving locations your surveillance doesn’t need to be interrupted. You can always add, take away, or move cameras depending on your current business set up. Pay for what you need, and only for what you need. You select the resolution and storage that meets your current business model.
Security. The point of surveillance is security. The reason for implementing surveillance video is endless: vandalism, breaking and entering, confidential data, public safety, high inventory warehouses, the list goes on. In this case we are referring to the security of your stored videos from hacking and/or theft. All communication from your cameras need to be encrypted from your camera to the cloud. It is important to discuss this when choosing a provider for video surveillance. Our favorite, Genetec Stratocast is a great option. We can set up live demos and walk you through their process any time.
What if the Internet Connection is Interrupted?
We often hear concerns regarding internet issues affecting cloud-based surveillance. However, any reputable VSaaS provider will offer “dual recording” meaning that in the event of internet interruption or low connectivity, the camera will default to storing video on an SD card until it can reconnect to the internet. Whether you are recording 24/7 or only during specific hours, your cameras will not fail due to internet connectivity interruption.
“Genetec ensures Stratocast availability and access to video that is backed by a 99.5% uptime guarantee. All video is stored in triplicate in the cloud, providing redundancy of recordings, and durability against hardware failure. To ensure the privacy of data and video, the system undergoes annual security penetration testing and vulnerability assessments, while all communications between the on-site system and the cloud is encrypted using TLS.” -Genetec