Video Surveillance as a Service, or (VSAAS), is starting to emerge as a major industry in the world of security, even as some still stick with using analog security systems. With projections of VSAAS technology rising into an $18 billion industry by 2020, it’s clear the public is taking security much more seriously now. And with this more advanced technology, they really can thanks to the cloud.
With the cloud changing everything in quick succession, why should you give up your analog security system for a video surveillance as a service contract? As with all other “as a service” systems, you’re much better off having things internalized than dealing with too much hardware.
Security in the Cloud
You’ve no doubt heard of “software as a service” or even “desktop as a service.” These are services offered to businesses through the cloud so no extra equipment becomes necessary to eliminate maintenance costs. Even computer security has been made available through the cloud (another use of the term “SaaS”) and helped eliminate the worry about constantly updating security software.
Your immediate advantage of VSAAS is the universality of using your security cameras to monitor your property. Going through the cloud, most services send you an alert on your smartphone if cameras catch someone in your home. No matter where you are, you can look in on your home through your mobile device. Because you’re going through the cloud, the quality of the images will be better than going off of a standard server. You’ll generally have real-time hi-def images that can help you catch someone in the act of invading your private property.
For your home or business, this can change the way you fight crime. You can instantly summon police to your home or business and likely be able to catch that crook before they have a chance to escape.
Regardless, there may be times when you want to go back and review hours of security footage in order to help solve a crime that already happened.
The cloud has far less limitations on recording time, and many VSAAS services will let you record up to many days worth of footage. While it may be impossible to play back that much security footage in one sitting, it can come in handy during a criminal investigation. Thanks to the higher quality video, police can help identify someone who entered your property or show proof of someone being there after denials.
Extra recording time is one of the best advancements from analog systems that can only record up to a limited amount of days. Keep in mind, though, that VSAAS services won’t let you record 24/7 for obvious reasons of overburdening the cloud server.
The Risks of Privacy
Privacy concerns have emerged with VSAAS, just as everything in the cloud has. It’s all going to depend on how much monitoring goes on in the service you use. You should always ask about how much monitoring of your own system is available so you don’t have to worry as much. Despite the irony of someone looking in on your own security cameras, you might be better off not having anything overly private in view. That means if you have important documents or other items that could give away anything overly personal, you’re better off hiding them as a precaution.
Considering VSAAS can usually be designed to help you control other things in your home, security will be the only thing that might make some people hold back. Nevertheless, with the projected growth skyrocketing, it’s clear many of us will be making peace with the reality of possible security holes in exchange for making our lives easier.