Live Streaming to The Cloud

Live Streaming to The Cloud

Let’s start with What is The Cloud?

The cloud is not a physical thing. It is a collection or network of servers. Each server does something different. Some run applications, others deliver a service and others still just store data. You may have used services such as GoogleDrive, DropBox or similar. These are all services that allow you to store your data on the cloud.

Is the cloud secure?

There are a lot of people who say that cloud storage is not secure. You are relying on the company providing the service to encrypt and secure your data, however can you be certain? If you were to store your footage on the cloud and someone was to gain access they’d be able to see all your recorded footage. Not a great situation.

Why it’s not a great solution for security cameras

It’s becoming very fashionable to stream footage live to ‘The Cloud’ to be recorded and stored there. In theory this is a great idea – if the recorder is stolen you can still retrieve your footage. In practice however, it doesn’t work out so well and is best avoided.

The main reason for this is the huge amounts of data that have to be sent to the cloud. This will mean you hit your bandwidth or data cap very quickly and then your service will slow down – remember this is the same internet connection that is used when you browse the web or watch online TV or similar.

The alternative is of course to only send the lower quality sub stream to the cloud for storage however this footage is then essentially useless as you’ll be very unlikely to be able to retrieve any useful footage.

Ensure the recorder is installed in a secured location and enable motion triggered e-mail alerts (with attached snapshots) as required.

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