There are so many options when it comes to storage of your surveillance footage including traditional DVRs, NVRs, built-in SD cards, etc. However, what happens when one of these devices is removed or destroyed? What if there is no back up in place? There is a solution and it is cheap, convenient, and easy to use. Cloud storage is becoming a popular choice. Not only is it safe and secure, but it is also much easier to manage, especially across larger enterprises.
Back when I was the IT Director for a restaurant group in Atlanta, GA, we had the finest cameras and the latest and greatest NVRs in each of our restaurants. On many occasions I reviewed footage to help solve little mysteries here and there. Then I got the call that one of the sites was robbed at gunpoint. The police wanted to view the footage, but when I went to assess the damage, I found that the perpetrator not only took all of the money in the safe, but, you guessed it, he took the NVR as well! There was nothing left but a few Cat5 cables dangling off the shelf where the NVR once proudly stood watch over the office.
I replaced the NVR and literally locked it down thinking they wouldn’t be able to remove it this time. Well I was wrong. The same store was robbed at again and they demanded that the manager unlock the NVR, and, since it was again at gunpoint, the manager, of course, complied.
This began my quest to find a better solution. I started researching as much as possible and found that there were people using ftp sites to load their own footage in the cloud, but it was not always reliable. I found some others that were using other methods to stream footage into the cloud, but the technology was still in the infant stages.
To be continued…