Cloud camera DVR — What is it?

NVRs and DVRs — the predecessors of cloud-based surveillance

Nowadays, integrating a security system into your home or workplace is as important as the lock on your doors. Without a monitoring system in place, your home/office is at risk for break-ins, thefts and destruction of property. Video monitoring systems allow users to monitor their residences or workplaces, and video storage plays a huge role in this. Without video storage, accessing your security footage would be impossible, rendering the entire system useless.

Historically, CCTV systems would require onsite recorders in order to store footage, typically in the form of a DVR or NVR. A Network Video Recorder is a device that processes and stores video content from a security camera. How? When a video is recorded, an IP camera converts the footage into a file which is then sent to the NVR over the local network, hence ‘Network’ Video Recorder. The IP camera is able to process videos and audio via a Wifi network.

A Digital Video Recorder utilizes a more dated technology and works by using an internet connection to store the footage onto a hard drive or computer. With DVRs, one of the biggest issues users face is limited storage space. Not to mention, if your hard drive gets corrupted, you lose all the footage saved. And for operators and service providers, security systems with DVRs and NVRs also require onsite maintenance, adding to costs.

Since DVR based security systems include tangible storage, the equipment is susceptible to theft and destruction. And they don’t do so well against cyber-hacks. Up to 46,000 DVRs used to monitor and record video streams from surveillance cameras in homes and businesses can easily be taken over by hackers.

Both NVRs and DVRs are onsite recorders, and setting them up can be very cumbersome and pricey. Many users often experience inconvenience because NVRs and DVRs tend to overwrite footage without warning when they reach their storage capacity. In short, things are not ideal.

Luckily, we have an effective alternative in place: cloud-based cameras or cloud DVRs.

Cloud camera DVRs — what are they?

It goes without saying that cloud DVRs or cloud-based surveillance are based in the cloud. Now, what does this mean? When a cloud-based surveillance camera records a video, the footage gets sent to a storage host on the internet and stored in the cloud. The cloud, in this context, is basically just a remote server where the security camera’s footage gets uploaded to — accessible via an internet connection.

How do cloud camera DVRs work?

Cloud technology is already a fundamental part of our lives. For example, you may have come across the word cloud in iCloud, Google Drive, Spotify or even Netflix. All these applications, along with cloud-based security camera systems, allow you to store your files digitally.

After uploading your security footage to the cloud, users are usually given a username and password to access their storage. Once logged in, you can view previously recorded videos and control the cameras remotely.

Pros of cloud camera DVRs for end-users

There are many obvious benefits of implementing a cloud-based surveillance system into your home or workplace for end-users.

Users will no longer have to worry about deletion or corruption of files and theft of the onsite recorder since the footage is uploaded to the cloud, which acts as a concrete backup.

Moreover, cloud camera DVRs are also known for their increased security, as opposed to traditional systems which require port-forwarding. Port-forwarding leaves your system susceptible to cyber-attacks and is one of the main issues with DVRs and NVRs.

One of the main advantages of cloud-based surveillance is that you can access your footage anywhere at any time. The remoteness of cloud DVRs eliminates the inconvenience of required physical access to the security system in order to see the footage.

Why operators and service providers should invest in cloud-based surveillance

Cloud camera DVRs present a plethora of benefits for operators and service providers as well. Cloud camera DVRs offer customers the latest technology in security systems while presenting a new stream of revenue for operators and SPs too.

Unlike NVRs and DVRs, users will not require tangible onsite recorders, which are vulnerable to hard drive issues. In such cases, operators and SPs are required to dispatch teams for maintenance which ultimately add to costs. With cloud camera DVRs, service providers can resolve issues remotely, eliminating the need for onsite maintenance.

With cloud DVRs, service providers and operators can make it very simple and easy to buy additional storage if required. Including helpful features and capabilities like these help reduce the churn rate dramatically.

With regular DVRs and NVRs, users get what they buy and no more. However, with cloud camera DVRs, operators are able to regularly include new features and update their capabilities. This helps keep the product interesting for the consumer who continues to invest in these new features.