The road to Cloud CCTV


Most everyone knows what CCTV is but these days there are many flavours within this industry each with their own set of advantages and disadvantages.

Back in the "old days" cameras recorded directly to video tape. Cameras back then had to be excellent quality due to the degradation posed by recording not only onto video tape but sometimes being multiplexed to allow more than one camera to be recorded at a time onto that tape. Playback was normally at a very slow frame rate, perhaps 1 to 2 images per second and you normally used one video tape per day so ultimately had large lockers filled with tapes if you had many cameras being stored for 30 days. It would not be unusual to have 90 video tapes stored in your office just to sustain the system. Not to mention the tapes you had to archive of previous incidents.

After VHS tapes came "digital video recorders" Basically these were computerised devices both PC and Linux which "encoded" the video from the cameras and stored the video in a digital format which could be recorded onto a hard drive. Back then a 250Gb hard drive was considered to be "large" An enterprise grade machine could have a storage of 1Tb giving customers a boost where they could store 16 camera's footage at 5 images per second for a month! This was revolutionary and with easier vetting of footage really begun the ubiquitous rise of the role of cctv as we know it.

Next came IP CCTV. High resolution cameras that weren't connected via standard TV grade coaxial cable but instead used existing network infrastructure. These HD CCTV cameras require much higher bandwidth and with that higher storage requirements. It is not uncommon for a single camera in a basic installation to consume 1 terrabyte per month. Many of Usee's systems have had more than 20Tb installed to cater for the increase in information.

All of the above systems have one thing in common... They are camera systems with the recorded footage located AT THE SCENE OF THE CRIME. In the event of an attack of break-in the recorder is often in plain sight and easily removable.

Traditional deployment of a CCTV system requires an image capture device (camera) and storage device (recorder).

Cloud CCTV  REMOVES the local recorder from the equation, instead sending its footage directly to a server in the cloud. In the event of a break-in your footage is stored safely offsite and is ready for vetting at a moments notice.

For more information go to  "Advantages of Cloud CCTV"