Cloud based security cameras

Cloud Storage Security Cameras

Security Cameras

Cloud Storage Security Cameras

Cloud Storage Security Cameras are an important evolution in in the residential or commercial security industry.  They pretty much act as your eyes and ears when you’re not around.  Now, thanks to advances in wireless surveillance camera technology and artificial intelligence, cloud based security cameras bring optimization advances that are affordable to both home owners and small businesses.

Video surveillance has evolved from most basic TV monitors, through VHS recordings, to closed-circuit transmission videos (CCTV) to digital video recorders (DVR) and now IP-enabled cameras. The most recent technological leap in visual surveillance has been the shift to hosting video content in the cloud.

With Cloud storage you can view security footage from any smart device that is internet enabled from any location. Consequently there is a surge in popularity in wireless surveillance cameras and cloud storage compared to local storage among video surveillance users in recent times.

What sets this system apart is the unparalleled benefits in cost, ease of implementation, low-maintenance, scalability and increased level of security.

What are cloud storage security cameras?

Most noteworthy, Cloud storage technology  broadens the scope of conventional video recording applications. There are multiple pros to moving from viewing video locally to enabling cloud hosting.

This technology certainly offers a much faster processing over traditional systems for video compression as well as intelligent analysis. Some other benefits include:

  • Using centralized cloud storage simplifies the usually time-consuming data retrieval process.
  • Protects data better from the risk of theft or tampering- deliberate or otherwise
  • Provides better coverage and supports remote monitoring
  • Does not require installation of any software or hardware support. This is because storage and management is completely web-based
  • Confidentiality and integrity of video content is preserved through a secured protocol
  • You can scale it up across multiple facilities  with just a few clicks
  • Around the clock availability of device
  • Works out to be much more economical and cost effective, as compared to traditional approaches
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Compatible camera devices

How do Cloud based security cameras work?

This system transmits Media content from the users’ IP cameras directly to the security company’s secure cloud infrastructure. Videos are transmitted through streaming protocols via communications networks.

What this means is that, Cloud technology collects the data and content from local sensors and integrates it so that users receive the intelligence onsite while data is kept safely offsite. As a result, Cloud based security cameras centralizes the management of content remotely.

Furthermore, users can also exercise  access control with video monitoring. Additionally, you can scale up the entire system geographically across multiple locations.

Cloud based video surveillance require a compatible camera device. This is meant to provide an active interface between your Cloud service provider and incoming data.

Essentially with this system you can say good bye to the need of DVRs/NVRs, servers, storage arrays, backup tapes, software, operating systems, and any other required IT support.

It routes all video surveillance feed from your local cameras to the cloud server. Here operators record, store and archive your video content and make it available to you anytime, on any device from any location.

User Authentication

Additionally, this security system will also usually allow you to use your smartphone as your credential for access. This could be fingerprint or facial recognition besides using a secret code.

Identification and access control

Cloud based security camera can automatically analyze the face and matches their face on file. Correspondingly, you can then set it to deny or approve access or notify you.

Access control

Access your security system with any smart device

Why choose cloud storage security cameras?

With the number of models and types of security cameras available, it can be quite intimidating to pick the right one.

As a matter of fact, local memory cameras also promise a bunch of performance attributes and the lower cost might tilt the scale in its favor.

Here is a look at a comparison between the two types of camera systems.

                 Traditional local storage vs. Cloud camera storage
  • Low security of data and video content


  • Integrity of media is difficult to protect
  • Storage is finite


  • System requires local access for management of recordings
  • High level of security as user can only access the device through a combination of user logins and passwords.
  • Has in built technology to prevent video tampering and retains media integrity
  • Cloud-based systems can achieve high availability of storage
  • Easy to manage and access  systems by user anywhere through online access

Consequently, even though it may seem like local storage gives you more control; cloud storage offers much more in terms of convenience.

Moreover, locally stored data is subject to the usual limitations of local storage media. Most noteworthy being that both VHS and DVR have a finite storage capacity. Hard discs, flash drives etc. get full.

In contrast, a contract to store visual data for 30 days in the cloud can be flexible as to the physical volume of data stored –so you won’t run out of space.

Features to look out for

So when you are in the market for a cloud based security camera, choosing from the many options can be a lot of pressure.

The truth is, however, the majority of the products in the market are more the same than they vary. While, it is easy to get lost in the variations between how the cameras looks and features offered like video resolution and field of view, there are other things to consider before buying a cloud-based security camera.

  • Compatibility: Being a smart device, it would be practical to choose a device which is compatible with your own home devices. You can even make sure the camera collates with your current operating system (OS). Correspondingly, this will also ensure compatibility with the virtual assistant you currently use or plan to use.
  • Bandwidth: The total bandwidth required for a video stream depends on multiple factors. Number of frames or images being captured per second, quality of the images being captured to name a few. Surprisingly, even today a lot of us still do not have the data transfer speeds to upload the video captured by more than one IP cameras to the cloud. Even locations with sufficient bandwidth capacity may have limits on how much data they can route on their network
  • Cost: The cost of cloud based cameras can vary from $20 to $500. For these products, you must remember that the higher the price the better the model may not always apply. Moreover, in lots of cases, the less pricey options are comparable to the many features as the others such as motion alerts; face recognition, 24/7 feed etc. The only perceivable difference would be the app experience. Higher priced options provide a better user interphase and maybe a couple more special features.
  • Wireless or wired: As these cameras need continuous access to the internet, the user has to provide an outlet connection to the device. There are options which come with batteries that can be recharged. These  improve mobility but consequently require to be changed every so often.
  • Subscription: You can subscribe to a cloud service operator either on a monthly or an annual basis. This subscription enables your device to have certain advanced features like personal recognition, alerts. The other aspect is the storage period of your videos. The basic plan for any device is 24 hour feed storage. The more memory you want, the higher the prescription.
  • Cloud service provider: When exploring options for service providers, it is important to move beyond the hype and take the time to carefully consider the implications a cloud-based video solution may have for you. Prepare a set of questions pertaining to your requirements to ask of any potential cloud service provider. As a result, this will help weigh the advantages and disadvantages of the solution compared to your existing video management system. Keep in mind bandwidth, storage, cost, security and accessibility.

These are a few of the important things to look out for when choosing cloud based security cameras. Above all, remember that the more expensive options are mostly just flash and fluff and only worth investing in if you requirements are so.

Cloud Storage Cameras here to stay?

In recent years, we have seen video surveillance adopted across society to increase safety of our loved ones, to protect our assets, and minimize business risk. Most noteworthy, Law enforcement and the courts have also become increasingly dependent on the evidence gathered from such systems.

Technologies such as VHS video tapes and DVR recorders have already made conventional local storage surveillance operating devices a little easier to use. Until recently, though, a lack of innovation meant this device was falling short in the technological race of the 21st century.

The arrival of Cloud based security cameras now presents an excellent opportunity for dated CCTV systems to engage with the ‘smart’ lifestyle of today. This technology embraces flexibility and improves the manageability, security and reliability of this crucial home security tool.

If you already have a camera system, and you are looking to move to cloud based hosting, give us a call! We can customize the right system that best fits your needs. Check out our camera pages for home and business security cameras Calgary.

History of Home Security

Home Security

Home Security

While it may appear to be a product of the 21st century, Home security is actually as old as the human race. Just as a toddler yells “Mine!” over any attempt to borrow their toys, the intuitive sense of property is ingrained in every one of us. 

The moment we assign a value to any material in our possession, the fear of loss becomes very real.

Today, the advancement and innovations in home security options have enabled a wide variety of systems that can be built to fit your lifestyle and your family's needs. 

But when did all of this begin? The story behind home security is actually very interesting and goes beyond what you might expect.

Home security in the early years

Survival is probably one of mankind's most primitive instincts. And the instinct to protect ones’ own is an extension of this instinct.

Back in the Stone Age, cavemen would use sticks, stones or anything else they could get their hands on to keep predators away. 

These would eventually develop into weapons of defense and defense would evolve from reactive to proactive and here marks the onset of home security.

The use of guard animals also began in this era. Domesticated wolves used for hunting or herding, served their masters as a loyal guard.

This was probably the first form of home security, which sent an alert out to people within close proximity, very similar to the burglar alarm system of today.

Home security in the middle ages

With moats, drawbridges and armed guards, home security in the Middle Ages sure was all about the drama. Early European and Chinese built their towns on top of hills or constructed walls along their boundaries to make the approach difficult.

Remnants of these walled cities and forts remain throughout the world to this day as a testament to the human fixation with security.

The birth of modern Home security

Let us now fast forward to just a couple of centuries ago, and the advent of the modern Home security.

While there were a few breakthroughs previously, the most significant turn of events took place towards the end of the 18th century, as a result of the discovery of electromagnetic fields and electricity.

Here is a short run through on the milestones of the development of home security into the advanced systems we know today.

1700s

An Englishman named Mr. Tildesley is credited as the inventor of the first intruder alarm system. This crude device worked on a concept of mechanically linking the door lock with an apparatus that would make a sound like a bell. This would sound a ring when someone forced or attempted to open the locks.

Though crude by comparison to what we have today, this was a turning point and laid the track for further development.

In 1850 an inventor from Boston, Augustus Pope, through the application of magnetic force and electricity, succeeded in creating a primitive version of today’s burglar alarm. As soon as an intruder broke open the lock of a door or window, this would close the electrical circuit sounding the alarm.

The feature that set Pope’s invention apart was that the alarm would remain ringing even when the door or window was closed. This ensured the owner of the home or the neighbors were notified. Augustus Pope was awarded a patent for this invention in 1853.

Edwin Holmes purchased this patent from Augustus Pope and began manufacturing and distributing the system in 1857. Unfortunately, due to the high cost of manufacturing, Home security had to be a luxury of only the elite.

Subsequently, by the beginning of the next century, American Telegraph and Telephone (AT & T) bought out Holmes’ burglar alarm business and connected it with emergency call services.

1850s

1918

The end of World War I in 1918 led to a rise in crime rate. Consequently, home security became a common concern. A service named “door shakers” was introduced, where a group of evening watchmen would shake the handles on the doors in a neighborhood to make sure it was locked every night

The actual birthplace of the modern security system is actually the humble residence of Marie Van Brittan Brown and her husband Albert. Necessity is the mother of all invention. As Marie worked as a nurse and worked a lot of nights, the couple was very anxious about the risks of crime in their neighborhood.

Marie and Albert worked together to develop a system that would suit their needs. And in spite of facing multiple hurdles, they invented the first surveillance system with an old television set and a camera. The camera was even adjustable to look through four separate viewing points.

This system was so advanced that it also used radio signals to transfer the image from the back door camera to the television in the bedroom. Marie and Albert also fitted it with a switch that would send a signal to neighbors and the police and another switch which enabled them to open the door for their visitors. The couple filed for a patent of this incredible invention in 1966.

1966

1970-80s

Home security systems were lifted to a new level with the application of ultrasound and infra-red technology. Alarms with motion sensing and automation were introduced into the market.

The most marked development of this decade was the drastic fall in the cost of home security systems. This made leaps in popularizing the system as it was now affordable and accessible to most families.

1990s 

2007 onwards

On June 29th if 2007, Apple introduced the first generation iPhone. This proliferated the generation of Smart technology and since then there has been no looking back. This wireless technology made it possible for users to control every aspect of their security system from miles away.

Video feeds can be viewed remotely and alarms and locks can be engaged or disengaged with just a swipe of your hand. Technology has also so advanced to enable identification through biometric and facial recognition software. Also, unlike the security systems of the 19th century, currently all data is uploaded to the cloud directly, enabling unlimited access.

The need for home security is not going away anytime soon. Thankfully, the technology improves at a rate that matches up to our changing lifestyle and requirements.

Would you like to install or spruce up your existing home security system? We’d love to talk to you about your needs and offer a perfect-fit solution

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Security Camera Benefits

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Business Cameras

There are a few different ways to secure your business with video cameras.  You can do it quite affordably by tying them in with your alarm system.  

If you have a large warehouse you might want to be more effective by using a stand alone Video Camera System.  We offer Hik-Vision or Northern

HERE ARE SEVEN VERY IMPORTANT REASONS TO INSTALL VIDEO CAMERAS

To Deter Crime

 When you have cameras at your entrance and on the building a criminal    will probably move onto an easier establishment.

Reduces Insurance Costs

As soon as the cameras are installed it reduces risks and costs associated with them.  Once you have remote online access it prevents costly incidents such as vandalism, fire and burglary.

Full Coverage

When you have multiple cameras keeping an eye on each other’s blind spots, it is much more effective than having security guard on the premise as he cannot be everywhere at one time.

Keeps Employees Honest

When video cameras are installed inside your business it allows you to monitor costly goods, inventory and vunerable areas of the facility.   When the video is recorded it can prevent wrongful accusation and will stop employees from doing something wrong.

Prevents Safety Issues

Cameras con be installed in high risk areas of a business such as the back of a building, like an alley, where vandalism could occur or even a fire.  All of this would be recorded for law enforcement.

Aids in Good Behavior

Cameras create discipline with customers and employees.  It encourages both to be on their best behavior

Assist Police

Cameras that record at the scene of the crime allow police to use the footage and photos to the public to aide in solving crimes.

Home Cameras

The biggest advantage to having video cameras at your home is being able to monitor your residence from your smart phone or tablet.

For the most part residential cameras are part of you Security System now.  Which makes it very cost effective, as they get bundled in your monthly monitoring fee.

When a criminal sees your cameras on your house it deters them from breaking in.  They usually just move onto the next house without cameras.

The video doorbell allows you to see who is coming up your walk to your door.  You can see this on your smart phone or tablet anywhere in the world and allows you to speak with them.

All of these cameras reduce your insurance premiums and also offers evidence to any claims you might have.

Technology today is simple to use, cost effective and easy to understand. Think ahead now and get your system installed today!

Creating a home that is safe

Home Security

Creating a home that is safe and secure is essential.

Our home reflects who you are, offering a space to relax and unwind, a safe place to connect to the people and things you value most. Access is by invitation only. Until it isn’t.

Fact: every 90 seconds in Canada there is a residential break in.
And more than 80 percent of home break ins happen in broad daylight.

Creating a home that is comfortable is important. Creating a home that is safe and secure is essential.

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