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IP Cloud Surveillance technology rides on cloud-technology that involves delivering hosted services over the Internet. For those who are in the surveillance business, it is essential to have knowledge about the technology and how it could bring advantage to your business. Various other industries are going on cloud and your business shouldn’t be left behind. Get to know IP Cloud Surveillance to better your business.


VSaaS vs VMS

VMS stands for Video Management Software and VSaaS is Video Surveillance as a Service. Both are software to manage CCTV but VSaaS is hosted on a service provider's system instead of on a user's system. VMS has been around in the market for quite sometimes and CCTV solution providers are more familiar with the system.

VSaaS is THE future of video surveillance, tapping into the advantages of Internet ecosystem. Here are the advantages of VSaaS over VMS.

The Plug-and-Play IP Camera Connections
The EpiCamera VSaaS system supports literally all IP Cameras with FTP feature to connect to our cloud-hosted server without an on-site technician doing any network configuration to neither the cameras nor the VMS system. The simplicity in installation is a key element for VSaaS systems targeting home and small & medium business users.
No Software Installations
With EpiCamera, you are not required to install any software at the local computers. EpiCamera VSaaS system allows users to access video footages from the Internet without having to go through setup or logging in to local networking information such as IP addresses. This user-friendliness is appealing for many users who refuse to be tangled with technical difficulties, instead they can stream their videos anywhere they are.
Multiple Users and Rights Control
EpiCamera VSaaS system is designed to manage access to IP cameras by multiple users simultaneously. Different accounts can be created for each end-user with restricted access to the user's cameras. VMS systems generally assume that the VMS software is being used only by a single organization. Thus, you have to manually create different users and restrict specific cameras to those users only in VMS, making it a manual and error-prone process.
Remote Site Storage
Most VSaaS systems include or require off-site storage managed by the service provider, and EpiCamera VSaaS in particular runs on the reliable Amazon Web Services (AWS). Most VMS systems are designed for local storage such as DVR or NVR only, with options for remote archiving to one's own storage arrays but not to a cloud storage offering. The local storage is inclined to being sabotaged if any break-in happened.

Bandwidth Considerations for IP Surveillance Cameras

Bandwidth is one of the most fundamental, complex and overlooked aspects of video surveillance. Bandwidth occupied by IP Surveillance Cameras is an important consideration before any implementation of an IP surveillance project.

Based on our research and gathering of our dealer experiences, EpiCamera lists down factors that may affect your bandwidth.

Various resolutions are supported by IP Surveillance cameras, from QVGA to HD. The higher the resolution, the higher the bandwidth required to transmit every video stream from the IP Camera to the user monitoring station (computer/ server).
Frame Rate
Various frame rates are supported by IP Surveillance cameras from for example 5 frames per second to 30 frames per second. The higher the frame rate, the higher the bandwidth required.
Compression codec
There are various types of compression schemes applied to the transmitted video like MPEG4, H.264, etc. The better the compression (H.264, for example), the lower the bandwidth required to transmit each video stream.
Compression ratio
A video stream can be compressed to more than 90% of its original size, based on the compression codec and the compression ratio used. The better the compression ratio, the lower the bandwidth required.
Type of Camera
An IP Camera can operate in a fixed mode or a PTZ mode. In the latter, the movement of the camera can be controlled even from a remote location and the bandwidth occupied for this mode is higher.
Type of movement/complexity in the scene
If the movement/complexity in a scene being shot by the IP Camera is less, the bandwidth occupied by the resultant video stream is lesser, whereas over-saturated/ sharpness of the scene will increase the bandwidth occupied.