Cloud-Based Video: The Future of Video Surveillance

Companies in all sectors are increasingly looking to the clouds for storage of their video surveillance in 2021 because Internet Protocol (IP) and networked cameras are becoming the popular choice for surveillance due to all the benefits they reap. All the intelligent information gathered from the cameras must be stored somewhere, and the cloud is a great choice. The surveillance industry itself is booming, and the worldwide video surveillance camera market is expected to double in 2025 from 2019.

Recent analysis shows that the growth in popularity of these smart cameras can be widely attributed to customers wanting to achieve operational cost savings, initiate remote maintenance and access programs, gain in-the-moment live operational intelligence, or generate live metrics and data that enables them to work in a more responsive and timely way towards unwanted activity at their properties.

Covid-19’s Impact on Surveillance

The need to protect the general public as well as employees has become increasingly important in 2021 as cases of Covid-19 remain highly prevalent across the world. Real-time surveillance of people, places, and things are now a requirement for many commercial and public businesses in order to maintain safety of customers and employees and comply with Covid-19 restrictions.

Top Uses for Cloud Video Surveillance that Emerged in 2020 in Response to Covid-19 are:

  1. Monitoring Physical Distancing and Occupancy Levels
  2. Ensuring Personnel are Wearing Appropriate PPE
  3. Contact Tracing in order to reduce Spreading in the Event of an Outbreak
  4. Proactively Redirecting Foot Traffic In Case of Large Crowds
  5. Identifying Locations That Need to be Sanitized Immediately

AI in surveillance: The New Crime Stopper

Governments around the world are already implementing AI enabled networked surveillance cameras in order to generate “smart cities” where intelligent video surveillance is being used to enable emergency services to respond more effectively in real-time, or to spot potential incidents and manage these to reduce the incidence of crimes. This can include detecting sounds in public spaces that may indicate a criminal activity or public disorder offence, or the visual monitoring of people loitering or acting in a suspicious manner. Remote Guarding is highly popular in the Multifamily Community Industry due to the cost-benefits. Without an on-site guard, properties can save 60% while trained professionals use the AI software in the camera feeds and their own human intelligence to determine if an event is truly an emergency and the authorities need to be contacted. Not only can this be utilized to stop criminals in real-time, but the combination of human and machine intelligence works to reduce the amount of false alarms significantly.

Cloud and Managed Video Surveillance leader ControlByNet has created a remote video guard surveillance solution that utilizes the motion detection smart technology in the cameras they install on a remote property to notify the guards that an ‘event’ has occurred. From there, the trained surveillance professionals can analyze the live or recorded video streams to monitor and track ‘events’ to proactively identify incidents and make the appropriate decision about which authorities to call.

Multiple Industries Are Reaping Benefits of 24/7 Surveillance

The manufacturing and construction industries are just two of the industries that are seeing benefits of deploying AI enabled IP cameras at their sites. As many projects continue overnight, features such as night vision and heat mapping become incredibly useful to highlight potential issues such as the overheating of parts or bottlenecks. 24/7 video surveillance is being utilized to increase overall efficiency by monitoring small movements and processes throughout the workday. By making small changes where problems are arising, these companies can reduce accidents, reduce downtime, design more stable and secure processes, and optimize supply chains while minimizing risk to workers.

As more and more manufacturers shift to fully automated 24/7 production environments, AI systems are being deployed to accurately detect failures that can reduce wastage on the production line.


Cloud and managed surveillance systems are becoming increasingly utilized around the world in a large variety of environments, governments, enterprises, financial institutions, and a host of other sectors. These leaders are seeing not only the cost benefits, but the safety benefits for their customers and employees as well.

This post pulls from the article “What’s Behind the Global Growth of Cloud Video Surveillance?” by Rishi Lodhia. To read the original article in its entirety, click here