Cloud Video Surveillance Systems

IP Camera Surveillance System In the Cloud

Cloud Video Surveillance, refers to recording video in a recording server that’s located at another location.  The cloud system includes video recording and camera management and appears as a service to clients that can view the real-time and recorded video.  Since the recording server is located on the Internet, the outbound bandwidth plays an important role in how many cameras can be supported.

The bandwidth required for each camera is primarily determined by resolution and frame rate.  As an example, a 2-megapixel IP camera requires about 2 Megabits/sec of bandwidth.  If you have 4 cameras, you require at least 16-Megabit/sec Internet service.

When you are concerned about vandalism of your video recording system, this is a good system to consider.

IP Camera Recording to Cloud
IP Camera Recording to Cloud


This system provides remote storage that can’t be removed or damaged by intruders.  Video is recorded in the server based on predetermined settings.  Record on alarm condition detected by the camera.  The alarm conditions available depend on the camera used and can include motion detection, line crossing, removed object, object left behind, and other camera side analytic alarms.

There is a monthly service charge based on the number of cameras, and recording time.  Other features include remote notification of alarms and remote camera control.  It is important to select the right cameras, for each location.  The resolution, compression and frame rate must be balanced to maximize performance. Contact us for details about this type of system.

Mobile Viewing of the IP Camera System

IP Camera Cloud System Diagram
IP Camera Cloud System Diagram

A video recording system that is on the same network as the IP cameras, can provide remote client viewing on any smart device.  Since it provides local recording on the same network, high outbound bandwidth is not required.

The bandwidth necessary is determined by the number of remote computers or mobile devices connecting to the central server (cloud).  It is also determined by the number of cameras viewed on each remote display.

The system provides notification when an alarm is detected.  You can review the real-time and recorded video from your smartphone or other mobile devices.

Small NVR

There are a number of recording systems that support mobile apps on your smartphone and other mobile devices.  Both NVR and VMS that run on your own computer can be selected.  The performance of the computer depends on the number of IP camera on the local area network (LAN).

There are also a number of small systems available that can be easily be hidden, or locked away to prevent local vandalism.


The mobile app runs on your smart device. The video is recorded locally using a video recording system that is located on the same network as the cameras. The bandwidth requirements are much lower because we only need to provide video streams for the specific cameras of interest, rather than all the cameras.

This system provides remote alarm notification, camera management and control from the mobile device. When you are interested in viewing your cameras from your mobile smart device, or browser, then this is the system of choice.

On-site Video Recording Systems

Video recording systems include Video Management Software (VMS) that runs on your own Windows computer, or Network Video Recorders (NVR) that include both the computer and the software. These systems can manage camera at multiple locations and allow viewing of the video using your smartphone.

To learn more about all the cloud surveillance systems available, please contact us at 1-800-431-1658 in the USA, and at 914-944-3425 everywhere else, or just use our contact form.