As with many industries, the advent of cloud computing has revolutionized the security monitoring field. The ability to provide services via an internet connection has not only increased the ability for security companies to provide monitoring services, it has also allowed services to evolve.
So how does the cloud affect security monitoring? When we talk about the cloud, we are really just talking about the ability to provide and receive services that were previously handled locally over the internet.
Let’s take a look at 5 ways that this cloud environment is changing the field of security monitoring.
Remote monitoring is not a new concept; in fact, it has been in use for decades. What has changed is how these services are being delivered. Where previously expensive wired networks were required to connect to a monitoring center, today all the required data can be transferred over a commercially-available Wi-Fi network.
The following list outlines how a cloud environment has represented a shift in the way monitoring services are delivered.
1. Easy Installation
Due to the fact that most equipment is now configured to be connected to monitoring centers via an internet connection, it has become far easier and less invasive a process to install associated security devices.
Virtually gone are the days of having to create a hard-wired LAN connection to the monitoring center, which typically would have required a significant amount of wiring work to be done. In many cases the work can be done quickly by technicians with minimum disruption to the environment.
2. System Compatibility
With cloud monitoring comes an increased ability to have your security devices work interchangeably with other systems since most if not all of the back-end processing is handled remotely.
This means that you have greater choice over your components, and are not necessarily locked into using one equipment provider for your peripherals. You will ultimately be able to construct the security monitoring system that works best for you.
Another way that cloud has changed the security monitoring landscape is that it allows for greater scalability of systems. Without the need for an on-premise system, you will have greater control over the number of cameras, sensors, and alarms you use.
This is especially important for businesses who may need to adjust their system to meet changing needs. When growing your organization and adding extra employees, for instance, a cloud setup makes it easier to extend the scope of your monitoring by making it easier to add or remove cameras as needed.
4. Remote Accessibility
Cloud security monitoring generally gives the user a greater amount of control over its operation. This includes the ability to disable alarms themselves, rather than having to interact with the monitoring center.
As well, you can introduce and modify rules, and enable or disable sensors as needed and as circumstances dictate.
Cloud security monitoring has significantly changed the way that these services are delivered. From reduced costs, increased scalability and remote accessibility to improving compatibility, it is clear that the cloud has paved the way for an improved user experience.
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