Flowers Crossing Community Utilizes Cloud-Based Video from ControlByNet Hosted Surveillance Solutions to Solve Vandalism Problems

May 5, 2011


Located in a quiet suburb ofAtlanta, the community of Flowers

Crossing looks like other established neighborhoods across the country.  The peace and quiet was welcome and desired, however like many other properties the community began to see some changes from both its own members, as well as unwelcome visitor.

Vandals began making a mark on the common areas including spray painting doors and tennis screens, late-night swimming and horseplay, throwing chairs and concrete bags in the pool, loitering into all hours of the night and even breaking into the clubhouse and pool areas.


The board began looking at options to stop the behavior, primarily a video surveillance solution that could be assessed from board members homes or offices and as needed by the police.  One of the most important requirements of the solution was for the video to be recorded off of the property.  The vandals had already broken into the pump-rooms and clubhouse, so what was to stop them from simply following the camera cable and walking out with the evidence.

Lance Graves, the board member tasked with the project, contacted ControlByNet.  “ControlByNet has a history with community surveillance and was one of the only viable options to offer the remote-hosted surveillance our community required.”

Flowers Crossing has two amenity areas, each with a pool and tennis courts.  ControlByNet installed four cameras at each area.  Each of the amenity areas was equipped with an Internet connection.   Using it’s i-flashback™ cloud-based video surveillance solution, ControlByNet provided Flowers Crossing with a result that left only cameras and a network switch at the locations.  Using IP or digital cameras allows the community to have everything offsite,  as well as higher quality images then analog cameras provide.  The software also allows the two locations to appear as one for all the viewers; allowing quick access to review video archives or see live video at any time.


“The ControlByNet solution has provided us with valuable information and helped cease the reckless activity. Once word got out that we were on ‘candid camera’ and that the video was all off-site things really settled down,” said Graves.  “We have also seen benefits beyond security. We now use the system to check on lifeguards, pool service and ground maintenance workers and the board can do this from anywhere with an Internet connection.”

More information on ControlByNet’s Cloud-based Video Surveillance Solution may be found at or (770)-564-5544.


ControlByNet Showcases Cloud-Based Hosted Video Surveillance Solution

May 3, 2011

Time to Ditch DVRs – Five Reasons to Make the Move

ControlByNet, (CBN), a leader in cloud-based, hosted video security surveillance solutions, is showcasing its solutions for home owners associations and property managers at the CAI Annual Conference and Exposition. Displayed in booth 813, CBN’s “no DVR-needed” product offerings allow HOA board members the ability to monitor the community with a unified, cloud-based, hosted video surveillance solution.  It also provides a centralized access solution for property managers and management companies to put multiple communities under one ‘umbrella’.  ControlByNet has developed Ditch DVRs: Take it to the Cloud: Five Reasons to Make the Move to help CIA attendees understand the benefits of hosted video surveillance.

“With all the TV coverage about broken or stolen DVRs at crime scenes, we decided to compile Five Reasons to Make the Move to help educate HOAs and property managers on the benefits of hosted video security surveillance.  There is still a learning gap when it comes to cloud-based video surveillance and we want to help educate users on how solutions like our cloud-based offerings provide a reliable and cost-effective solution,” said Ryan Strange, CEO of ControlByNet.  “With no video storage onsite, e-mail alerts when problems arrive and nothing for vandals to steal, our solution provides residents a greater sense of security and deters malicious vandalism.”

Ditch DVRs: Take it to the Cloud: Five Reasons to Make the Move

HOAs and property managers need a security solution that helps them protect the property, as well as minimize the day-to-day security worries.  Hosted video security surveillance provides an effective solution that allows them to build for the future instead of buying from the past.  

  1. Nothing onsite: No video storage onsite, only network (IP) cameras and switch. There is nothing for vandals or mischievous kids to steal that contains the evidence. Once an act is recorded it is secure.
  2. Always Someone Watching: Solutions like ControlByNet know when cameras, Internet or power has been interrupted. Instead of going weeks without the knowledge of an outage, the system alerts you to the outage so it can be fixed immediately.  This greatly reduces the responsibility of the manager of volunteer boards.
  3. Up-to-date Technology: ControlByNet’s i-flashback solution allows users to control who accesses the video and archives from any location with Internet access. In addition, cloud-based systems are always up to date with newest technology including access from smartphones, iPhones and iPads.  In addition technology enhancements are automatically added with no cost to end user.  
  4. Affordable: Cloud-based systems provide a lower cost of entry since there are no server purchases. They also provide a steady rate for service providing greater ease of planning and budgeting
  5. Single Solution for Multiple Areas/Properties: With cloud-based solutions, users can easily combine physically separate locations to keep a single login and view of cameras. From front/back pools to multiple properties to gates and offices, hosted video security surveillance like ControlByNet can combine any combination to work as a single solution.


CBN’s “no DVR-needed” product offerings include i-flashback LOCAL, i-flashback REMOTE and ip-LookOUT. i-flashback is an easy to use, 100-percent browser-based application installed as either an onsite solution, remotely hosted solution or any number of combinations.  Both software solutions allow users to manage any number of remote cameras from a single browser; including Internet Explorer, Firefox, as well as the growing number of connected devices including Windows Mobile,  iPhone, iPad, Blackberry and Android.  i-flashback REMOTE, the hosted solution, provides web-based controls for hosting providers to manage multiple servers, users and accounts.