The Real Cloud Security Is Out There

May 9, 2012

A recent Security Director News article entitled, “Will the real cloud security please stand up?” provided a good analysis of the current cloud-based marketplace. As we work with our customers we often encounter confusion over the terms cloud-based, hosted and IP-based security.

We found the article’s description to be a good overview. The article states:
“So, where are the real cloud applications? By category, the biggest emerging crop is in video surveillance, variously known as hosted video or Video Software as a Service (VSaaS).
Many of these are true cloud applications because they are:
a) hosted;
b) multi-tenant, supporting numerous customers in a single instance;
c) massively scalable;
d) sold per-camera-per-month as a metered service.”

As a provider of a true cloud-based video security surveillance solution that is in fact, 100 percent hosted, multi-tenant, scalable and sold per-camera-per month, we agree that education is the key to ensuring customers are receiving a true cloud-based solution and not a repackaged software solution with new new marketing .

The article also states:”For those of us in the cloud business, it is our job to provide leadership, clear away confusion, and help them along.”

We have thousands of cameras already in the field providing security and business benefits to recyclers, homeowners associations,  retail stores, apartment and office complexes, restaurants and more.  We work with our clients daily to ensure our solution is meeting their current needs while also prepared for the challenges of tomorrow. Our goal is to provide our customers, both large and small, one integrated solution that allows them to access their security on their terms and device of choice.

To read the full article click here:
http://www.securitydirectornews.com/industry-view/will-real-cloud-security-please-stand

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Cloud-based Video Security Provides Dealers and Integrators with New Business Opportunities

April 23, 2012

Ryan Strange, CEO of ControlByNet recently provided Security Magazine his insights on why now is the time for dealers and integrators to make the move to cloud-based video security solutions.

New Business Opportunities

Dealers and integrators can include flexible hosted solutions, recurring revenue and instant monitoring centers

  • By Ryan Strange
  • Mar 01, 2012

Security is more than just the protection of people, companies and their assets; it also is an integral part of a company’s reputation and success. In today’s tight economy, companies are looking for systems that save resources and decrease overall security and maintenance costs.

By making the move to the cloud, dealers and integrators can seize new business opportunities, including providing flexible hosting solutions, maximizing recurring revenue and entering the monitoring and guardstation market. The key feature in a true IP-based system is flexibility; anything else is a new model of the same old technology.”

Click here to check out the full article: http://security-today.com/articles/2012/03/01/new-business-opportunities.aspx


Merry and Safe Holiday Shopping

December 7, 2011

From one woman shopper using pepper spray on at least 10 shoppers to a “waffle riot” in Arkansas, this year’s Black Friday is best be described as madness.  But shoppers aren’t the only ones out during the holidays.  The holiday shopping season turns shopping centers and malls into feeding grounds for criminals.

According to a recent Washington Post article, “Retail crime increases about 30 percent this time of year as people crowd malls and retail centers for holiday shopping, according to some police departments across the region.” (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/crime-scene/post/retail-crime-police-activity-jumps-during-holidays/2011/12/01/gIQABbNbHO_blog.html

Lucky for retail outlets and police departments, there are surveillance cameras everywhere and retail outlets are becoming very tech-savvy. No longer are they relying on DVRs which can become a victim of crimes themselves as thieves destroy or steal them.  Today’s retail outlets are turning to solutions like ControlByNet’s i-flahsback REMOTE to securely monitor their stores from anywhere on any Internet connected device.

Retail Info System News recently posted “The 12 Ways of Christmas Surveillance” (http://risnews.edgl.com/retail-trends/The-12-Ways-of-Christmas-Surveillance76963) providing insight to retailers on how network based IP surveillance can provide both data and alerts to help fight crime, as well as  improve sales and operations.

ControlByNet customers including a Tires Plus franchisee has experienced the benefits of IP-based video surveillance first-hand. The client had someone break in and steal some tires and computers. Unfortunately for the owner, the robber also picked up the DVR and walked out with the evidence. That was the last straw for this owner, who is now using i-flashback REMOTE for multiple shops. No data onsite for theft, and there have been more than a few who have been caught in criminal activity. What’s best for this owner is he can login and see all locations just as he was there, and each manager can also log into his/her respective location.

 



Grabbing a Portion of the Untapped IP Video Surveillance Market

October 5, 2011

According to a recent CRN.com article, the video surveillance market is a $10 billion industry yet only 25 percent of the market uses IP-based technology.  The article goes on to say,  “The physical security market might just be the last industry to leave the analog age, but as more security directors and law enforcement personnel understand the true power of IP —much better image quality, functionality, scalability, and overall total cost of ownership—more companies are making the transition from analog to IP-based surveillance solutions. Industry experts predict that by 2014 up to 50 percent of the market will be IP-based. Now is therefore the time to add network video surveillance to your solutions repertoire and grab a share of this exploding market.”

ControlByNet  is seeing this firsthand with a vast majority of its inquiries coming from information technology companies not currently providing a security solution.

  • Approximately  70% of inquiries regarding CBN’s solutions are coming from information technology companies versus security companies.
  • Of those, 50% have never dealt with security at all but see it is a valuable added service to existing customers.
  • Many of these new entrants into security believe they will be offering a service that, if they had not offered, the customer would likely not be looking elsewhere for video surveillance.

ControlByNet works closely with all of its clients to make the move to IP as easy and effective as possible.   CBN provides the following to help all of its clients with the move to cloud-based IP.

– Provide live demos as needed to help them understand the interaction of security with technology

– Provide a partner portal that helps them market and sell the solutions

– Provide a detailed knowledge-base to guide them through installations and configurations

– Have and IT support expert on call to assist with the nuances in merging IP-networks with security

 

You can read the full CRN.com article here:

http://www.crn.com/blogs-op-ed/channel-voices/231600879/how-to-integrate-video-surveillance-into-your-it-solutions.htm;jsessionid=SGLUyrDtxlN2VbxUlp749Q**.ecappj03


Leveraging the Cloud For Video Surveillance Solutions

August 4, 2011

In today’s Internet-enabled world, businesses need to utilize the public network infrastructure for their video surveillance needs.  Many organizations assume cloud-based technology consists of data stored on someone else’s servers sitting in a data center.  However the cloud is not a box sitting in a rack, it is a network communications backbone that enables technology to work in new ways.

In the past, video surveillance focused on digital video recorders sitting onsite in a closet or underneath a monitor.  While digital cameras are certainly in the mix now, analog cameras are still popular with an older generation of cctv installers.  The learning gap tends to scare many installers from making the jump to more advanced solutions.

However, there are many new experts in the video surveillance field that utilize technology to provide much more complete and effective solutions.  A recent study by Lusax, a research group at Lund University in Sweden, found that the installation of a mid-sized IP video surveillance system costs less than installing a corresponding analog system.  These solutions don’t stop at a box in the closet but expand to multiple options for the business.

The importance of thoughtful planning of a video surveillance system cannot be overlooked.  Decisions today will still be impacting the solution for years to come.  Consider not only the initial needs of the solution but also where the system will be in 5 years.

ControlByNet’s white paper:  Leveraging the Cloud for Video Surveillance Solutions: From the Small Business to the Enterprise Organization outlines multiple IP security scenarios and how they may benefit an organization.  The full white paper can be downloaded at http://www.controlbynet.com/Leveraging%20the%20Cloud%20for%20Video%20Surveillance%20Solutions.pdf