Do I have enough bandwidth for cloud video surveillance?

The exponential growth of bandwidth in the US is paving the way for cloud video surveillance to become the default approach for security. Video surveillance not only protects businesses and reduces risk/exposure, it provides peace of mind for business owners who have other daily concerns in running their operations. As surveillance technology is maturing, many are taking advantage of intelligent video solutions to reduce capital and operational costs involved in the technology usage.

The data is proving this out — Internet video surveillance traffic increased 71 percent in 2016, from 516 petabytes per month at the end of 2015 to 883 petabytes per month in 2016. Internet video surveillance traffic will increase sevenfold between 2016 and 2021. Globally, 3.4 percent of all Internet video traffic will be due to video surveillance in 2021, up from 1.8 percent in 2016. [source: Cisco]

A common misconception is that a business owner “can’t do cloud’’ because of network bandwidth limitations. The reality is, cloud cameras can operate very efficiently. Users can set the bandwidth consumption to a very reasonable level, ensuring that bandwidth consumption doesn’t go over the top and impact your business operations.

If you are concerned about having enough bandwidth to run a cloud video surveillance solution, you can use a simple bandwidth calculator to determine how much you require. In addition, you need to consider how many cameras are required to protect your business, as each camera will require adequate bandwidth to upload video the cloud — many cameras, when set to high resolution video, can impact bandwidth consumption.

Camcloud offers complete flexibility in setting an appropriate bandwidth level for each camera, and local redundancy in case internet goes down.

Brendan Harrison
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