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The Common Problems with Traditional Cloud Security Camera Systems

July 09, 2019

In the past, organizations were hesitant in implementing cloud-managed video security throughout their space as the performance just wasn’t at the level businesses expected. In only a few short years, cloud video surveillance technology has greatly advanced, and organizations are now beginning to adopt modern cloud-based systems.

The benefits of upgrading to a cloud-managed system are vast – such as No DVR/NVRs, hard drives, or bulky hardware to manage or maintain – yet some cloud systems still possess serious flaws that businesses should be careful about.

In this blog post, we’ll outline some of the common problems that many cloud systems still experience to help you select the right solution for your organization.

Video Latency

With a cloud system, it’s common to encounter video delay since you are not hardwired into any servers. While some options have reduced this delay, many enterprise-grade systems still experience an average 5-10 second video delay.

This can cause issues for some organizations because when you manage your physical security and safety, seconds often matter and can make a world of difference in responding to a potentially threatening situation.

Bandwidth Consumption

Bandwidth consumption is an apparent concern for deploying a cloud system. Consumer options aren’t optimized for bandwidth since camera deployments are generally small. However, when an enterprise wants to deploy a lot of cameras across multiple locations, bandwidth consumption is something that must be examined and forecasted.

Traditional cloud systems can consume your bandwidth, which disrupts your network and can affect how your business operates. Identifying what actions a cloud vendor takes to keep bandwidth consumption to a minimum is vital for your success. And like with any smart investment, it’s always best to understand all technical details before deciding on an option.

Video Storage

Since cloud security cameras remove the need for hard drives, understanding how your video is stored is crucial. To optimize storage, some traditional cloud vendors reduce the quality of the video to ensure more footage can be stored. If you’re an organization that needs their video quality to remain the same while in storage, it’s best to gather as much information as possible regarding this from the vendor.

How Rhombus Systems Solves All of This

When upgrading to a new system, organizations expect the best possible performance. With Rhombus Systems, you can expect just that. We’ve optimized every part of the product – from the software, hardware, and even everything on the backend – you can expect reliable enterprise performance that you’ll be happy with for years to come.

Below, you’ll find how Rhombus Systems has solved all of these issues that we just discussed.

Video Latency: Our engineering team worked extremely hard at keeping latency to a minimum, and we are proud to say that Rhombus Systems has one of the lowest video latency times in the market today. With our solution, you can expect a video delay anywhere from 200-500 milliseconds – or the time it takes for you to blink.

Bandwidth Consumption: Rhombus Systems would not be a true enterprise solution without efficient bandwidth consumption. Our infrastructure can support unlimited cameras and locations, and because of this, bandwidth consumption must be kept incredibly low. Our solution consumes zero bandwidth when video feeds are streamed over LAN and 65-150 KBps when actively streamed over WAN. If the cameras are not being streamed, bandwidth consumption is only 0.25KBps.

Video Storage: We wanted to give customers full flexibility and transparency when it comes to video storage. The video that is captured by the cameras is the video that is stored, and all details regarding storage can easily be found and modified within the Rhombus Console.

These are just one of the many reasons why Rhombus Systems is unlike any other cloud-managed video security system out there. We know how big selecting a video security option can be for an organization, and our goal as a company is to provide customers with the resources they need to make sound and educated decisions when selecting a system.

We hope you found this article helpful, and if you have any questions about video security, feel free to email us at!

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