Summer Sun Increases Heat and Crime Wave

May 25, 2016

School’s out, pools are open and temperatures are rising. But temperatures aren’t the only thing increasing, according to the Department of Justice, crime is 10.5% more common in the summer than the winter. The Urban Institute also adds that the most targeted places “are those located in public spaces, or [areas] that are open to public view. Properties where no one has direct responsibility for the area, or those that seem less well guarded.” With people looking to enjoy the sun or beat summer boredom, clubhouses, pools, tennis courts, playgrounds and parking lots are all in need of better surveillance.

Here are the Top 5 Amenity Area Problems

  1. Common Area Vandalism
  2. After Hours Swimming
  3. Neighbors Filling Up Trash Bins
  4. Chairs Thrown Into Pool
  5. Nightly Visitors in the Parking Lot

Those are just the more common problems. ControlByNet’s cameras have captured some interesing vandals, thieves and loiters in the act.

ControlByNet Cloud Surveillance Footage of Community Pool

Actual ControlByNet footage

Here are the Top 5 Amenity Problems Caught on CBN Cameras

  1. Spray Painted Bathrooms
    (Luckily video was IN THE CLOUD because the vandals looked for video to destroy but couldn’t find it!)
  2. Concrete Bags in Pool
  3. Destroyed Vending Machines
  4. Midnight Pool Party
  5. Drivers Running Gates

Great Clips Franchisee Selects ControlByNet’s Cloud Surveillance to Provide Hosted Video Solution for Multiple Locations

February 5, 2014

ControlByNet announced today a multi-site Great Clips franchisee out of Austin, Texas selected ControlByNet’s i-flashback REMOTE to record video in the cloud for its locations.

With multiple locations in Texas, owner John Moore required a solution that allowed plug-and-play cameras, low bandwidth usage and most importantly single sign-on owner access for all locations yet limited manager access for single sites.  “Ease of use and accessibility are key for us since we use it for store management as much as security”, says Moore.  “The ability to have all our video safely stored online with the complete mobile access features from ControlByNet was a big plus.  Since ControlByNet is the owner and original developer of the software it gave us even more confidence in the solution.”

ControlByNet has the most flexible hosted solution on the market, allowing resellers to instantly enter the hosted video space without any upfront costs.  End-user customers can work directly with ControlByNet on a solution that is designed specifically for their needs. The i-flashback solution is a fully managed hosted video platform that has the ability to ‘attach’ to managed servers at the customer’s property if needed.  It’s the total solution for joining branch sites with hosted video to a company headquarters with an onsite system.

“While our intention is to utilize resellers to bring hosted/cloud video to the market, we will work directly with end-users until video integrators look to hosted video as a viable alternative to DVR’s”, says Ryan Strange, CEO of ControlByNet.  “Our main customer base for hosted and managed video has been the southeast, but as word is spreading, we’re being contacted from areas around the country, we expect 2014 to be a big year for us and hosted video.”

ControlByNet Announces i-flashback CLOUD 6.2

August 15, 2013

Version 6.2 i-flashback CLOUD Release Allows ip-LookOUT Guard Station to Maximize New Features

ControlByNet, (CBN), a leader in cloud-based, hosted video security surveillance solutions, announced today the release of i-flashback CLOUD 6.2 including a new interface design and additional management features for its cloud customers. In addition, the new i-flashback CLOUD release allows CBN ip-LookOUT customers to utilize these new features for their guard stations.  ControlByNet’s i-flashback CLOUD provides businesses with immediate storage on the cloud to help fight crime, as well as improve sales and operations.

“ControlByNet continues to focus on providing our customers with the best in true cloud-based video surveillance,” said Ryan Strange, CEO of ControlByNet.  “With i-flashback CLOUD the video is always safe and secure on the cloud versus recorded locally and uploaded later to a storage device. Our newest enhancements aim to provide customers with optimum ease-of-use and flexibility.  Our goal is to allow our customers to be as proactive as possible to respond appropriately to any situation with real-time and accurate information.”

i-flashback CLOUD enables users to view one or multiple properties over any web browser through a single log-in.  With i-flashback CLOUD, recorded video is safely stored immediately off site. There is no ‘store and forward when convenient’; with i-flashback CLOUD, it is immediately safe and secure.

New features for i-flashback CLOUD version 6.2 include:

●      New interface design

●      Automated timeline for searching motion events

●      Additional management features for controlling cloud customers

●      Easy-to-use ‘Attach’ command enabling hosted servers to attach to an onsite customer server so all users and data are shared across              an organization.

ip-LookOUT is CBN’s Guard Station Monitoring Solution. As the most advanced technology in the market, it enables a single guard to monitor hundreds of IP cameras.  Motion events are displayed along with the associated videos. With a dual-screen layout, the guard also has access to every live video feed, as well as the past video events, without ever losing view of the action alerts. The application can instantly be running from any remote facility with no prior configuration allowing immediate redundancy in an emergency.  Used in combination with i-flashback CLOUD, one guard would be looking at facilities around the world no matter where the location.

Enhancements for CBN’s ip-LookOUT customers include:

●      Instant temporary region of interest override for alerts; weekend workers, late employee, etc. – allows guard to minimize false alerts

●      Enhanced motion playback to show a monochrome image separating the motion events from the background to enable tracking even         the smallest motion events


VIDEO SURVEILLANCE: Cloud Video Revenue Prospects Are Sky-High

August 6, 2013

I just read this Security Sales and Integration article, Cloud Video Revenue Prospects Are Sky-High By Martin Renkisood, which offers lots of good information regarding cloud video surveillance.  ControlByNet is a leader in this area with its i-flashback CLOUD solution.

Here are a few excerpts from the article.

If your customers are interested in services from the “cloud” and you are looking for new ways to increase your recurring revenue, read on. Cloud video surveillance can be a profitable opportunity, and we will cover some ground rules to help you deliver this new service to your customers and earn more recurring revenue for your company.

What is the cloud? Almost a quarter of us admit that we have “pretended to know what the cloud is or how it works” and more than half of us believe that “other people are pretending to know what the cloud is,” according to a recent survey from Wakefield Research. Cloud computing does not have an agreed-upon technical definition. In general it is a colloquialism to describe anything that involves delivering hosted services over the Internet using multiple computers. More specifically, the cloud is different from traditional hosting in that it is available on demand (buy it when you need it), scalable (meets any level of needs), and dynamic (you can access as much or as little as you want when you want to).

Taken one step further, cloud video surveillance can be defined as “video surveillance services and storage that are available on demand, scalable, and dynamic.” According to Forbes more than half of U.S. businesses use the cloud every day ($150B in 2013 services revenue, Gartner) and it is expected to continue to grow. The opportunity is there — so how do you go about generating revenue from the cloud with video surveillance? There is much more to it than plugging in a camera, storing video in the cloud and charging your customer for it. Let’s investigate further.

Making Your Value Proposition

Marketing a recurring revenue cloud solution is easier than it sounds. Today, most businesses are familiar with the concept of cloud computing and are not only open to that option but are being directed by management to move to the cloud.

The key value propositions that business stakeholders, as well as IT, are looking for include: 1) centralized offsite video storage of all or critical “shared” video; 2) central systems management and maintenance; 3) simple-to-use centralized monitoring of live and recorded video from any device; 4) bandwidth-aware solutions with integrated data management; and 5) on-demand control to increase or decrease services as needed. A focus on these benefits presented to the correct audience will generate opportunity.

 To read the complete article