The Cloud technology is the ability to store your data with a host provider. Video security requires massive amounts of video data files and this data capacity is increasing as high-definition megapixel IP cameras start dominating the video security marketplace. IP Cameras provide the ability to manage each camera from the local or network level and many IP camera offer local storage through SD memory. This allows a customer to have tactical security files at the local level, on the camera SD, and archived video from the local server drive or from a hosted network provider.
Bandwidth restrictions at the network Cloud level do not offer the throughput for real-time video (30FPS -frames per second), A typical 3 megapixel camera requires 5-6 Mbps (and a 5 megapixel camera can require as much as 10-12 Mbps . So having more than 10 or so high-definition IP cameras can create network bandwidth and capacity issues. Even local hard drives are taxed heavily with IP Cameras as IP Cameras allocation to typical Hard Drives is limited to 6-10 cameras per HDD due to hard drive bandwidth limitations. In today's Security Industry 2012, the industry is awaiting new compression advances of the new H.264 codecs. So Cloud technology is limited to archiving or very slow 1-5 FPS realtime video transmission.
Data archiving for Video Security should be a major feature to any Security Device today and going into 2013. Not requiring primetime usage as archiving is typically performed after midnight, Cloud storage of video archives is a good solution to ensure proper backup and safekeeping of all video transactions. Large enterprise Video Security can produce TeraBytes of Video Data daily and multiple SATA Hard Drives are the standard recording method today. So instead of maintaining critical files at the local daily and the associated cost for IT management, a clear alternative is the Hosted Archive Network, deemed the Cloud. Realtime retrieval and playback should not be considered at this time unless 1 FPS is applicable to your application (not very many …)
From an ROI perspective on Cloud Video Security, the cost of data archiving can range from $ 500 to $ 2000 or more for 2TB of Network storage used daily. The cost of managing data files from internal IT resources or from 3rd party host providers (Cloud) is relative to your business. The security provided and the reduction in local hardware could justify the Cloud Video archiving at many facilities.
The Cloud Technology for Video Security is a great alternative to video file archive. Cloud technology is not ready realtime video for enterprise-level Video Security, but can simply provide the large bucket of video data files that can be retrieved on demand, pulled into the Video Server and played at the local level. As the Cloud gets bigger and faster along with price reductions in 2013, Cloud Video Archive should be a feature of demand in the Video Security industry.