What Are Cloud-Based Security Cameras?

Although cloud-based security cameras might seem like a cutting-edge, brand-new piece of technology, they have actually been integrating into our current home protection trends. Just take a look at Nest cams that monitor consumers’ property and Ring cameras that take the place of regular doorbells. 

While businesses are taking more time to use cloud-based security cameras than consumers, cloud-based security cameras continue to rise in the commerce sector. Since cloud-based security cameras are not as expensive or restricting in bandwidth as they were initially, they are becoming a more viable security option for businesses. 

What Are Cloud-Based Security Cameras?

Cloud-based security cameras are similar to traditional video surveillance systems. Essentially, the main difference between cloud-based security cameras and traditional ones is that cloud-based security cameras use cloud computing. Cloud-based systems use an internet connection to store and record footage in cloud storage. Rather than using a physical hard drive like traditional camera systems, cloud-based systems plug into an edge gateway device or bridge, which lowers their bandwidth. 

The main perks of cloud-based security cameras include straightforward customization and integrations, managed infrastructure for IT, frequent firmware updates, and the ability to remotely access the cloud from any location.

Facts About Cloud-Based Security Cameras

Cloud-based security camera systems typically have three components: cameras to record events, a hub where the recorded footage can be stored, and a connection that tethers the cameras together. Cloud-based systems operate based on this simple model with a camera that records and backlogs footage with a cloud storage that runs on an internet connection. 

Cloud storage’s predecessor was called Network Video Recorders, also known as NVRs. NVRs recorded and stored video recordings on a hard disk or mass storage device. Over time, they have evolved to store footage on cloud storage spaces. Traditional NVRs made remote access difficult, which is where cloud-based NVRs came in and leveled the industry up.

Cloud-based NVRs possess a lot of similar features that made traditional NVRs popular. However, the cloud-based NVRs beat out the traditional ones on a few points. For example, cloud-based security camera systems allow users to remotely access recordings. You don’t even need a VPN to do so, unlike with traditional NVRs. By logging into a cloud-based dashboard through a mobile app or web browser, previously recorded footage and live video streaming are at your fingertips. 

Additionally, cloud-based systems are easier to expand if you need more storage. While a hard drive has limited space (and physically could fail or experience tampering), cloud storage can be increased if necessary. It’s also unlikely to fail because it is not a physical product.

Finally, cloud-based storage offers end-to-end management. The cloud provider takes care of cloud NVRs, gateways, and the software. IT can just focus on managing cameras. This welcome break can give you as a business owner peace of mind and your team more balance in their tasks.