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How to Secure Single-site Businesses with Cloud-based Video Management Software

According to MarketsandMarkets, the video management software market is expected to grow to USD 10.54 Billion by 2021. This trend clearly signifies the rising popularity of Video Management Software among enterprises, most of which are operating as single site businesses and possess a big market segment in the security and surveillance industry.

With the evolution of innovative surveillance technologies in the Video Surveillance industry, single site enterprises are looking for cutting-edge on-premise and cloud-based Video Management Software solutions to secure their premises. Most of such companies are startups, small to mid-sized enterprises or companies looking to upgrade from traditional video surveillance systems.

Since there are thousands of options available for single site Video Management Software systems, it is very difficult for the companies to select an ideal surveillance solution from them. Let us understand the structure of single-site Video Management Software for small, mid-sized and federated surveillance projects along with their system requirements in each setup and how it can benefit single site enterprises if they switch from analog to cloud-based Video surveillance.

Types of Single-Site Video Management Software (VMS) Installations

The size of the single site VMS systems can be analyzed with the number of cameras used in the surveillance site, type of storage used, and integration of third-party applications with VMS etc.  Following are the types of single-site VMS installations:

Small Sized VMS Installations

Small sized video management software installations are basic surveillance systems using 10-20 video surveillance cameras. Small retail stores, residential complexes, parking lots, shops, small offices, banks, etc., can use this VMS system to secure their premises. Since the surveillance area is small, in such a setup, users mostly utilize fixed box or bullet cameras to have a stationary field of view of the surveillance site.

VMS installations of this size require surveillance cameras, a DVR to have on-premise storage, a computer system, LED/LCD screen to monitor the premise for a single system administrator. Latest small sized VMS systems can be integrated with POS software, time and attendance software and security alarms.

Mid-Sized VMS Installations

Mid-sized video management software installations can be scaled up to 50 surveillance cameras and can be administered by multiple concurrent users. Educational institutions, hotels, multi-storied retail stores, manufacturing plants are the types of single-site businesses that can be secured through Mid-Sized VMS Installations. With more number of surveillance cameras, video storage can be taken to NVRs or cloud, providing more scalability to the system. Moreover, with bullet cams and box cameras, mid-sized surveillance sites can also be equipped with 3600 PTZ cameras with variable focal and motorized zoom to cover a larger surveillance area.

These surveillance sites can also be equipped with advanced surveillance cameras such as high-resolution and HD IP cameras suitable for scanning big areas. Site Map integration with advanced Video analytics like motion detection, queue management, perimeter protection, etc., can also be incorporated (on demand) in the VMS systems. On-premise VMS systems can also be accessed from anywhere and any device using mobile or web based applications.

Single Site VMS Installation (in Federated architecture) for Scalability

Unlike standalone single site VMS installations, there are many such video surveillance sites, which are a part of a federated Video management Software architecture. These single site VMS installations work autonomously, but also remain connected to a central monitoring location. These single sites are lowest nodes in the federated VMS architecture and are part of multi-location and multi-site businesses. Being part of the federated architecture, these sites possess complete flexibility and scalability as per business needs. Single site VMS Installation with federated architecture also enjoys the benefits of a full suite of Video analytics features incorporated into the entire system.

With the understanding of deployment types of single-site video management software (VMS) installations, it is very important for single site business to understand the benefits of upgrading from traditional video surveillance systems. To better secure the business assets, employee and customer data, and to have more ease of operations at the business, it is required to switch to Cloud-based Video Surveillance. Let us check the advantages of IP Video Surveillance over traditional analog Video surveillance.

Why Single Site Businesses Should Switch from Traditional Video Surveillance to Cloud-based VMS

  • Better Image Quality: Image and video quality is a key requirement of a VMS system. In a video management system, a better image quality helps a user in taking better and faster decisions to effectively secure assets, people and processes of the business. The traditional CCTV based Video surveillance systems are outdated and do not produce a clear video or image. The subject is difficult to identify from the video feeds of the analog systems. On the other hand, IP Video Surveillance supports IP cameras, which can produce clear images and videos of the surveillance sites in HD.
  • Storage Capacity: To manage the surveillance of even a single site requires smart storage systems. Traditional video surveillance systems use old-fashioned video data storage on DVR, which only stores video feeds on-premise. Today, businesses are required to be monitored constantly from anywhere and anytime and for this, VMS systems rely on storage servers or cloud storage. Cloud storage provides unlimited storage capacity to the VMS system and allows having video surveillance connectivity from multiple locations and on multiple devices.
  • Easy Installation: Where a user requires a mesh of cables to connect every single device in analog surveillance systems, IP based video management systems are just plug-n-play devices. IP video surveillance systems are easy to install and upgrade with new applications.
  • Scalability: Though single site Video Management Software requires less number of cameras, with the growth of the business, scaling up of VMS systems becomes an important parameter to be considered. Analog VMS systems are full of hassles when it comes to scalability. A lot of physical infrastructure needs to be upgraded to fulfill the surveillance needs. Also, at the time of system augmentation, services of the analog VMS systems remain interrupted. At the same time, IP video surveillance provides easy upgrades and scalability of any number of cameras and VMS systems with ease, without compromising with the continuity of the surveillance services. With IP video surveillance, single-site business owners can easily think of scaling up their VMS system as per the changing needs of the business and enterprise growth.
  • Video Analytics: Cloud-based Video Surveillance are equipped with an advanced video analytics that makes the VMS system more proactive. Video analytics allow companies to record, monitor, store and instantly respond to any of the incidents occurred at the surveillance site. To get more hold on the business activities and have a robust and intelligent surveillance system, even single site enterprises can include video analytics features in their VMS systems.

The market of single-site VMS installations is vast and most of the single-site businesses are still using traditional analog video management systems to secure their businesses. Now is the time for these businesses to understand their system requirements and to switch to cloud-based video surveillance.

eInfochips Cloud-based Video Management Software provides on- premise, cloud-based and hybrid video surveillance solutions for the business of all the sizes. Learn more about Video Management Software: VMS.

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