Organizations are turning to cloud services for multiple use cases and one of these use cases has been video surveillance. But why should one embrace cloud-based video surveillance solutions? What are the advantages of storing surveillance footage on the cloud as opposed to a traditional VMS? Read more in this blog.
Before we begin, it’s important to understand the issues and risks involved with traditional systems when it comes to storing and sharing surveillance footage. For that, consider the following scenario:
An agency needs to view surveillance footage of a street where they suspect a crime to have occurred. However, to securely access that footage, they either have to travel to where the surveillance footage is stored or ask the local authority to send this footage via email or other electronic means.
From an evidence protection perspective, this process is risky and not secure enough. How many people could have accessed that footage already? Is there a mechanism to support the validity of such evidence in court? Is the sharing and storing mechanism secure, especially from cyberattacks?
According to a study by researchers at the University of Maryland, hackers are likely to attack a computer every 39 seconds on average. A survey by Accenture, showed that 68% of business leaders feel that cybersecurity risks are increasing.
Traditional systems are not as optimized as cloud based solutions, to protect you from cyberattacks, and can compromise the integrity of your video surveillance footage.
This blog talks about the advantages of switching to cloud-based surveillance systems, and how you can easily set up one.
Cloud-based Video Surveillance Solutions and Their Advantages
Cloud-based surveillance systems automatically extract surveillance videos from cameras and store them in a centralized, secure and compliant cloud data center. Certain systems allow you to live stream camera footage and view them through one portal, even if cameras are located in different cities.
Cloud-based video surveillance solutions have the following advantages over traditional VMS:
Cloud based surveillance solutions can enable you to access footage remotely from anywhere. As long as you have access, you can remotely operate it and this can help you save time.
You can easily share the footage with relevant audiences. Modern systems reduce the risks involved in sharing by allowing you to password protect and share such evidence and keep track of the people with whom the evidence has been shared.
Cloud systems create an automatic on-site and off-site backup, which means all your data will be backed up. This even works for disaster situations. We recommend storing your data on leading cloud providers such as AWS, Google or Microsoft as these have data backup and disaster recorvery capabilities.
Cloud storage is flexible as it can expand when data requirements grow. You don’t need to spend extra time and money in acquiring storage drives every time your requirements grow.
Cloud datacenters have multiple capabilities to ensure that your data is secure, such as FIPS 140 compliant encryption, identity and access management, and in-built protocols to alert for system breaches. You can also add an additional layer of security to password protect your data while sharing.
For instance: Microsoft Azure provides multi-layered protection to its users with security controls built into hardware and firmware components, and employs a team of over 3,500 global cybersecurity experts to protect your data.
Through SSO-based authentication included in cloud based systems, you can better manage access for the system and ensure that only authorized users can access content stored within.
Adhering to compliance is essential when it comes to surveillance footage as this is a form of personal data and is governed by various regional compliances such as HIPPA, GDPR, etc.
For instance: Companies that lie under the European Union need to follow GDPR laws for handling personal data collected under surveillance footage. Under this compliance, organizations are required to provide surveillance footage at the request of the data subject (person who has appeared in the footage); any personal information that they have collected, and how the information is being used, and where it is kept. Companies must be able to provide such information, and cloud solutions essentially help them do this.
Leading cloud providers such as AWS, Google, Microsoft Azure, etc., cover almost every regional and industrial compliance. For example, Azure’s data centres cover more than 90 compliances. So, instead of modifying your own storage to make it compliant, which is a time-taking process, it is better to store and process data in data centres of these cloud providers.
Moreover, in-built application features further help meet compliance such as segregated access and audit logs for every activity performed on personal data.
VIDIZMO – A Cloud Based Video Surveillance Streaming and Management Solution
VIDIZMO offers Digital Evidence Management System (DEMS), which is a cloud-based video management system that helps you stream, manage, and store footage collected from various surveillance systems as well as the previous data that was stored on CDS or DVDs. You can use our platform to live stream surveillance from multiple cameras and view it through one or multiple portals. Our solution is not just limited to the cloud, as you can deploy on-premise and even in a hybrid infrastructure.
Other than the advantages mentioned above, our solution offers the following to further enhance management of surveillance footage.
VIDZMO enables users to host their data on Azure, AWS etc., which are leading cloud providers that cover a wide range of regional and global compliances such as GDPR, FedRamp etc.
VIDIZMO enables you to track the actions and activities performed in the digital evidence management software such as an event, IP address from where the event occurred – the system logs every activity! It also tracks when, where and who interacted with a file. This is important for companies complying with GDPR as they need to provide detailed lists regarding how personal data is being handled and who interacted with it. It is useful for law enforcement agencies as it helps prove the integrity of surveillance footage as evidence in court.
User and Rights Management
VIDIZMO allows you to create roles, segregate and create hierarchies in usage of content. Our role-based access feature enables you to set predefined user roles, which include Anonymous, Viewers, Contributors, Moderators, Managers and Administrators, according to authority order. We also allow you to create groups to segregate department wise access. You can even customize the platform to prevent anyone from accessing a surveillance file other than the person that uploaded it.
At VIDIZMO, we secure digital evidence files by using a hashing mechanism. When a file is uploaded in a portal, a unique hash value is generated and stored. If the uploaded evidence is modified or tampered with, the software will automatically generate a new hash value. When our tamper detection feature is run, the system will detect the change in hash values and will display that the file has been tampered with.
Proper management of evidence is essential from scratch to destruction. After closing that specific case in judicial proceedings, it becomes essential to dispose off the evidence safely. This way evidence cannot be misused. VIDIZMO’s Digital Evidence Management System allows you to set an evidence deleting period that will automatically dispose off files from the recycling bin.
It is sometimes mandatory to hide confidential parts or text before presenting them in front of authorities. Redaction is essential as it shields personal information such as account numbers, codes, etc. Through VIDIZMO’s Digital Evidence Management System, you can redact objects or faces automatically or manually in order to protect identities and stay compliant.
Chain of Custody
To prove integrity of evidence in court, VIDIZMO offers a detailed chain of custody report on who was the last person to access the file, what actions were performed and how many users visited that specific file along with their IP address.
You have thousands of files stored in your library and want to look for a specific video. How would you do that? Will, you just keep on scrolling through your list, or will you be typing different tags - praying to get the right one? We provide advanced AI features that enable you to search within videos or evidence files through faces, objects, ASR, OCR, metatags, etc. AI automatically transcribes and translates the content so that users do not face any kind of trouble going through the content.
Switching from a VMS to a cloud-based video surveillance system will be one of those decisions that you won’t regret. VIDIZMO ensures that all your data is highly secured and compliant. We offer multiple ways to deploy either on cloud, on-premise or hybrid and by providing role-based-access control, enabling users to keep control of each and everything accordingly. Our AI and chain of custody ease the process, allowing you to have a clear look at who accessed your data.
To learn more about how VIDIZMO can help you manage all your surveillance videos, contact us for a free demo!