While the ultimate in security is an 24/7 onsite, highly trained security guard, economics and circumstances often make that scenario impractical. However, continuing advances in technology make the use of video an excellent alternative for many situations.
Forget Grainy Black and White
When the earliest applications of video were put to use as CCTV installations, they were seen as an amazing breakthrough in security technology. However, compared to today’s capabilities, those early monitors seem archaic.
Modern video monitoring systems utilize cameras that are full color and often have HD capabilities. Additionally, these cameras can use lenses that are extremely fine, capable of zoom close-ups, and remotely controlled.
In addition to the ability to accurately film locations in detail, even in low-light circumstances, modern video systems have multiple options for storing and broadcasting the captured images. Not only can recordings be made onsite with inexpensive and high-quality media, they can be instantly transmitted to remote cloud storage locations and viewed real-time anywhere desired.
All of these advanced capabilities come at a very affordable investment, allowing video to be used throughout any location desired.
Cameras in the Cloud
The concept of cameras in the cloud is not just a catchy blog entry. It describes a powerful new surveillance concept, Video Surveillance as a Service. The potential power of VSaaS is one more way that cloud technology enables remote access to digital capabilities, similar to the popular use of Software as a Service, SaaS.
Whereas a traditional CCTV system limits the use of video to a single location with multiple, hard-wired cameras, VSaaS eliminates those limitations. In fact, CCTV installations are enhanced when integrated with VSaaS offerings.
There are a number of ways individual homeowners, property managers, business owners, and others can incorporate VSaaS into their security plans. With the ability to monitor installed cameras real-time on any computer or mobile device 24/7, this concept raises the bar for surveillance standards.
Integrating VSaaS with Overall Security
For corporations, governments and other non-residential applications, wise security managers understand that VSaaS is not a replacement for onsite, professional monitoring. Rather, this application allows the investment in such capabilities to be deployed more effectively and efficiently.
By maintaining recorded, real-time 24/7 surveillance of high-risk locations, the ability to respond to any perceived or actual breaches is greatly improved. Also, these systems enhance the effectiveness of monitoring for everything from water leaks to fire.
Instead of being restrained to a single monitoring room with only a few cameras, a remote monitoring system with highly trained personnel, onsite security is free to project and maintain a personal presence throughout a facility. Additionally, there is less risk of unsupervised monitoring when called away from the surveillance system.
One additional factor will drive acceptance of VSaaS. As software continues to advance, many of the problems detected by HD cameras can automatically trigger alarms, augmenting the human monitoring function.
The power of video is a growing component of any effective security and surveillance plan.