Smaller Video Systems Now Have a Hosted Service Option
That’s changing. “Increased security of the network, greater available bandwidth and better compression are all drivers that are making mobile video and remote video applicable for video surveillance,” said Fredrik Nilsson, general manager, Axis Communications Inc., Chelmsford, Mass.
For the smaller one- to two-camera market, another limiting factor has been price â€” especially when mobile video is IP based.
As a hosted application, there is no special software for the user to install and there is no need for a dedicated on-site server â€” just the cameras. The service uses Axis AVHS network video cameras from Axis that simplify installation, configuration and use. When an AVHS-enabled camera is connected to power and a broadband Internet router, it auto-negotiates a connection to the Secure-i HVR servers.
Secure-i also provides a billing system and CRM tracking software online.
“There is a lot of buzz across the board about cloud-based services,” Szatkowski said. “Sources predict that Security as a service (SaaS) will be the norm by 2012. Hosted service is affordable, easy and effective.”
Nilsson sees the same thing. “There is tremendous interest and true potential long term in this type of technology. It will change the industry,” Nilsson said.