ControlByNet Keeps Flowers Crossing Homeowners Associations Safe and Secure — on the Cloud

April 23, 2013

ControlByNet, a leader in cloud-based, hosted video security surveillance solutions, announced today its work with the Flowers Crossing Community in providing a long-term security solution that helps them protect their property, as well as minimize day-to-day security worries.  Just in time for pool season, the addition of ControlByNet’s i-flashback CLOUD allows HOA board members and property managers 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’.

“For the last four years we have provided Flowers Crossing with a solution that includes no video storage onsite, email alerts when problems arise and nothing for vandals to steal, deterring malicious vandalism while providing residents with a greater sense of security,” said Ryan Strange, CEO of ControlByNet.  “ControlByNet provides HOAs like Flowers Crossing with a solution that helps them protect the property, as well as minimize the day-to-day security worries.”

Flowers Crossing Community has worked closely with ControlByNet to develop a solution to protect their property and deter vandalism.  Located in a quiet suburb of Atlanta, the community of Flowers Crossing began seeing incidents, from both its residents and unwanted visitors, including spray painted 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 HOA board began looking at options to stop the behavior, primarily a video surveillance solution that could be accessed from anywhere including board members’ homes and offices and by the police.  One of the most important requirements of the solution was the need for the video to be recorded off of the property.  The vandals already proved they could break into the pump-rooms and the clubhouse, so what was to stop them from simply following the camera cable and walking out with the evidence.

Flowers Crossing has two amenity areas, each with a pool and tennis courts.  ControlByNet installed four Axis Communications cameras at each area.  Using its i-flashback CLOUD 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 off site as well as higher quality images than 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.

i-flashback CLOUD enables HOAs like Flowers Crossing to view one or multiple properties or areas 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.

Cloud-based surveillance provides businesses with many advantages including:

●              Prevent Video Evidence Theft

●              Minimize Costs of Onsite Hardware Requirements

●              Reduce On-Site Management

●              Backup Key Cameras to a Primary System

●              Convert Analog Cameras to the Cloud

“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 Lance Graves, Flowers Crossing HOA board member.  “In addition, we have been able to continue to improve our system with little to no extra costs over the last four years.  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.”


ControlByNet Provides Integrators with a Flexible Hosted Solution and Recurring Revenue

December 14, 2011

Solution for Home Owners Associations Takes Security to The Cloud

Atlanta – December 13, 2011 – ControlByNet, (CBN), a leader in cloud-based, hosted video security surveillance solutions, is experiencing continued growth with home owners associations. ControlByNet and its integrators have experienced 100 percent retention with its home owners association clients.  ControlByNet’s i-flashback REMOTE, one of the most advanced hosted solutions on the market, provides web-based controls for video hosting providers and enterprise customers to host video across multiple servers, users and accounts.

“Home Owners Associations want a solution that helps them protect the property, as well as minimize the day-to-day security worries.  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,” said Ryan Strange, CEO of ControlByNet.  “For our integrators, the HOA market provides a great opportunity to add new clients who are looking for a reliable and cost-effective solution.

ControlByNet has the most flexible hosted solution on the market with the ability to host for the customer, let the integrator do the hosting, linking to an onsite server or any combination. This flexibility allows integrators like TRC quickly offer a hosting business using the i-flashback REMOTE solution.

As seen in the December issue of Security Dealer and Integrator Magazine article, “HOAs: At Home and in the Clouds,” integrators like Villa Sentry are helping HOA communities make the move to the cloud, saving them time and money.

“We work with a variety of HOAs and understand that volunteer board members have other priorities, so we make it ours to watch out for them,” said Paul Ismail with Villa Sentry.  “With all of the video files secure at our data center there is nothing for a vandal to steal or destroy.  We also notify HOAs if there is a camera, Internet or power outages so they can leave all the worrying to us.”

Integrators like Ville Sentry also enjoy the following benefits from using ControlByNet:

  • Recurring Revenue – Integrators can recognize a recurring revenue stream instead of the old model ‘sell-and-forget’ solution.
  • Added Customer Opportunities – A hosted solution keeps integrators closer to the customer which puts them first in line for openings for additional services.
  • Instant Access – Customers  can access video anywhere with an Internet connection and on almost any device including iPad, Xoom, iPhone and DROID. Not only is it beneficial to the customer but allows integrators to demo the product from anywhere on any device.
  • Future technology compatibility – CBN’s flexible solution has the ability to expand camera manufacturers, which doesn’t prohibit integrators  from offering solutions to those with cameras already installed.

Interested integrators may view the CBN demo located on its partner page, http://www.controlbynet.com/partners.php.

About ControlByNet (www.controlbynet.com)
ControlByNet provides the most advanced adaptable hosted and managed IP-based surveillance solution on the market.  ControlByNet’s advanced software is the cornerstone for the new security surveillance business model. By leveraging Software as a Service (SaaS), CBN’s solution integrates seamlessly across its products creating limitless installation scenarios.  The hierarchal nature of the software allows a single log-in with multiple levels of access from any (Internet) location which leverages existing enterprise resources.  With years of development, their software solution is flexible, future-proof and designed to lead the industry.  Product offerings include i-flashback LOCAL and REMOTE and ip-LookOUT, its guard monitoring application.  While the i-flashback interface is as simple to use as a nanny cam, both versions of the software are sophisticated enough to manage hundreds of remote cameras from a single browser; including Internet Explorer, Firefox or even an iPhone or iPad. They primarily use AXIS for remotely hosted cameras but will expand to others as manufacturers provide IP cameras that are deemed highly efficient on the network. For more information, visit www.controlbynet.com.


ODS Security Selects ControlByNet’s ip-LookOUT: ip-LookOUT Saves Time, Money and Personnel Resources

October 27, 2011

ControlByNet, (CBN), a leader in cloud-based, hosted video security surveillance solutions, announced today that ODS Security has selected ControlByNet’s ip-LookOUT remote Guard Station to maximize its monitoring room guards and save money, time and personnel resources.  ip-LookOUT utilizes ControlByNet’s i-flashback surveillance solution and connects to hosted or managed installations.  i-flashback is an easy to use, cloud-based video surveillance application installed as either a managed solution, remotely hosted solution or any number of hybrid combinations.

“ControlByNet’s ip-LookOUT solution allows us to maximize usage of our resources to serve smaller clients while still providing critical services to the larger multi-site organizations.  A single guard can easily handle a hundred small clients saving us significant time, money and general overhead,” said Joe Bulat, owner of ODS Security.

ip-LookOUT is designed to be extremely efficient both on the network and in actual guard usage.  Guards in a central monitoring station use ip-LookOUT guard station software to provide remote security for all sites, thereby reducing costs at the remote locations by eliminating or minimizing onsite security. Guards are visibly and audibly alerted upon motion events from any remote site. The live image and recorded video are instantly presented for the guard to take the necessary action.

Settings allow for frame usage based on activity on the cameras which reduces bandwidth costs to ODS Security and the end customer.  The interface allows easy movement between alert activity and live views of other sites.  The guard can quickly view surrounding archives and note the event while flagging for follow-up or dismissal.  The quick option to disable alerts for cameras under special circumstances greatly reduces false events.

In addition, ODS Security benefits from ControlByNet being on the cloud with the ability to have ip-LookOUT available at any location. They can have an “instant” guard center anywhere with Internet access, which provides great flexibility for staffing emergencies.

The key differentiator in ip-LookOUT is the cloud-based model.  “With ip-LookOUT the guard station is no longer bound to one room and one PC.  Within a few seconds all of an organization’s facilities are fully and actively monitored from a new location,” said Ryan Strange, CEO of ControlByNet.  “It redefines the term redundancy when the customer has the ability to bring the whole system back up from anywhere in the world at the click of a button. Security centers spend thousands and hundreds of thousands on redundant power, Internet, fire suppression and the like when our solution provides the ability to fully monitoring from any different facility within the blink of an eye.”

“ControlByNet provides us with the opportunity to provide our clients – both large and small – with access to an innovative cloud-based security surveillance solution.  While we have dedicated space for this project, we still have the option of using remote guards since ip-LookOUT can be used anywhere utilizing only a network connection,” added Bulat.

“When you combine the ability to monitor multiple locations with one guard with the flexibility of having access to your guard station anywhere with an Internet connection, clients like ODS Security now have access to their guard station anytime and anywhere saving them time, money and personnel resources,” added Strange.

About ControlByNet (www.controlbynet.com)

ControlByNet provides the most advanced adaptable hosted and managed IP-based surveillance solution on the market.  ControlByNet’s advanced software is the cornerstone for the new security surveillance business model. By leveraging Software as a Service (SaaS), CBN’s solution integrates seamlessly across its products creating limitless installation scenarios.  The hierarchal nature of the software allows a single log-in with multiple levels of access from any (Internet) location which leverages existing enterprise resources.  With years of development, their software solution is flexible, future-proof and designed to lead the industry.  Product offerings include i-flashback LOCAL and REMOTE and ip-LookOUT, its guard monitoring application.  While the i-flashback interface is as simple to use as a nanny cam, both versions of the software are sophisticated enough to manage hundreds of remote cameras from a single browser; including Internet Explorer, Firefox or even an iPhone or iPad. They currently use AXIS for remotely hosted cameras but will expand to others as manufacturers provide IP cameras that are deemed highly efficient on the network. For more information, visit www.controlbynet.com.

 

For More Information:

Deanna Anderson

AquaPR

danderson@aquapr.com


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

May 5, 2011


Situation:

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.

Solution:

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.

Results:

“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 www.controlbynet.com 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.