October 16, 2018
VSaaS – What’s “Video Surveillance as a Service” And Why This Will Be the Future of Security Cameras
Video Surveillance as a Service, or more commonly known as VSaaS, is a cloud-hosted video security system that allows users to remotely manage, access, record, and store surveillance related content entirely in the cloud.
In the past, traditional video surveillance systems have been handled by large hardware stacks that are located on-premise. These hardware stacks can include security cameras, DVR/NVRs, servers, hard drives, and more. With recent advancements in cloud technology, C-level executives and managers realize the numerous benefits of moving their physical infrastructure and video security into the cloud.
In this article, we’ll explain everything you need to know about video surveillance as a service and why organizations are choosing to shift their infrastructure to better position themselves for the future. Read on to learn more -
Why organizations are moving from traditional systems to VSaaS
Most organizations today utilize a DVR/NVR setup to handle their video security. While these systems are capable, many of them still operate with outdated technology. Enterprises that are committed to long-term strategies understand that traditional systems possess flaws that may cause inefficiency for the organization later down the line.
Here's a traditional system we replaced for one of our customers:
Now more than ever, organizations big or small are striving for modernization and better efficiency by using cloud surveillance options. With our team’s background in cyber and cloud security, we’ve analyzed our past conversations with organizations from around the world to provide some key reasons on why this shift is happening and how VSaaS will be the future of security cameras.
When businesses invest in a product, they expect one of two outcomes – reduce cost or improve efficiency. For a traditional system to scale, organizations must spend a large amount of capital for additional hardware. These additional pieces can cause frustration for an organization due to interoperability.
Cloud surveillance often only requires cameras to operate, reducing costs and the need for additional hardware, making installation and set-up incredibly easy. Organizations that switch to VSaaS realize that cloud surveillance provides more flexibility and greater productivity without any compromises caused by traditional systems.
VSaaS provides the flexibility that organizations want and features that promote scalability, such as:
• Easy camera installation and setup
• Unlimited cameras and locations on a central console
• 24/7 remote access through web or mobile
• Minimal bandwidth consumption (like ours)
It’s quite common for a traditional system to become obsolete only after a few years. Traditional security camera manufacturers rely heavily on pushing hardware sales. This generates a cycle of releasing products that are “good enough” with short product lifespans and burdens organizations that use these systems.
With a cloud solution, companies can help future-proof their technology stack with a system that can meet the present and future needs of the organization. Cloud video security can offer amazing adaptability and room for growth in both hardware and software making it very appealing for modern enterprises.
Along with its ability to grow with an organization, VSaaS is an ideal choice for companies looking to future proof their video security by offering the following features:
• Lower maintenance and costs
• Continual software updates and new product features
• Regular firmware updates and security patches
• Flexible cloud storage so hard drives are no longer necessary.
• No wasted server space - optimal server usage due to being in the cloud
• Decrease the number of connected hardware pieces
• Decrease failure rate and better 24/7 uptime
Cloud systems differ from a traditional system by offering the ability to integrate. A traditional system is often siloed with limited to no communication occurring between the surveillance system and the organization. This often makes their video security system cumbersome to deal with and can cause potential problems with the company as it grows.
With VSaaS, businesses have the power to remotely access the system from everywhere removing the need to physically be on-site to watch video feeds. Some cloud systems even have 3rd party integrations to other applications and cloud services, so that alerts, logs, and other useful information can work with existing programs used by the business. Cloud systems allow for the ability to integrate and align with how businesses operate today, making it an attractive option for organizations seeking modernization.
Organizations that want better technology to not only improve the lives of their employees but to increase efficiency are constantly looking for new things to implement. Video security is used by enterprises around the world but are often looked down upon due to the poor user experience caused by out-of-date systems. Traditional forms of video security may have been an ideal solution for companies 5 years ago but is no longer an option for organizations committed to the future.
VSaaS has significant benefits over existing systems. It simplifies infrastructure, allows for easier management, less maintenance, more features, better software, and the list can go on. Modern companies want solutions that just work and will no longer compromise their video security needs. With technology quickly advancing, it’s undeniable that VSaaS will be the future of security cameras. If you’d like to learn more about this topic along with its numerous benefits, register for our upcoming webinar where we’ll provide more insight around VSaaS along with answer any questions you may have!