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Better budgeting and improved intelligence from cloud physical security

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Scott Gray, Head of Sales at Morphean, looks at how embracing cloud can represent a prudent financial move as well as vastly improving security and operations…

The days of standard CCTV systems are coming to an end, and for good reason. Today’s technological developments mean that modern network cameras can deliver so much more than their one-dimensional forebears which can offer only the most basic security provision. Digital transformation has brought with it the many merits of cloud connectivity, which further opens up a vast array of possibilities for connected devices, offering the highest levels of protection while unlocking many additional benefits for the modern business, based on collected data, analytics and AI.

Yet even when armed with full knowledge about its capabilities, some are reluctant to embrace cloud physical security, preferring instead to rely on dated, legacy methods to protect their premises and assets. This may be because taking the plunge seems too great a risk, and many are perhaps fearful of stepping away from a world they understand into one which seems uncertain. In reality, cloud physical security offers great promise while simultaneously removing many of the headaches related to more traditional setups; chief among them being cost implications and the justification of budgets.

Move from CapEx to OpEX – and secure IT budgets

Recent research shows that 51% of current IT budgets will be channelled towards cloud-based systems’ development and operations by 2025[1]. It is therefore time for those businesses that have not already embraced cloud to change how they think about security. The rapid growth of cloud presents an opportunity to make use of connected, integrated solutions for a wide range of business and security requirements. Demand for more flexible working processes is driving a continual shift towards cloud infrastructure, and as more applications are moved to cloud platforms, so being able to centrally monitor and control every aspect of operations, including security, will become a necessity.

Traditionally, taking the decision to implement a new security system would involve a substantial financial outlay in the form of capital expenditure (CapEx). This places a significant drain on existing budgets, and funding may prove extremely difficult to secure during the ongoing financial crisis. Cloud physical security, however, is built around a monthly billing cycle with no large upfront costs. This allows businesses to make small monthly payments which can be regarded as operational expenditure (OpEx). And those responsible for finance and budget allocation are more likely to approve smaller incremental costs in return for a solution that represents the cutting edge of security.

Employ cutting-edge solutions that represent value-for-money

A move to the cloud will require a shift in mindset for those organisations that are more comfortable with the static costs associated with traditional systems. However, the pay-as-you-go cost model of cloud crucially allows businesses to make use of the latest technology and services as soon as they are available, often through simple software upgrades and remote updates. This removes the need for disruptive onsite maintenance or the overhauling of technology, and the associated cost implications, every time an upgrade is required. With cloud, changes made quickly as business strategies evolve result in a fluid system that adapts and responds to business growth, with security that is constant.

A modern security solution needs to be robust, intelligent and reactive. Adapting business, finance and technical operations to take advantage of cloud’s many benefits will mean that a company’s technology infrastructure becomes much more flexible and responsive as a result. The introduction of new capabilities such as remote monitoring of the security system mean that, via a powerful dashboard, the system can be monitored instantly by mobile device, bringing complete peace of mind to security personnel even when offsite. Those with administration rights can control which members of staff have access to the system, ensuring data protection policies are upheld.

Forecast accurate cloud expenditure with flexible billing

A significant benefit of the cloud billing model is its flexibility, enabling change without up-front cost or commitment. Instead of trying to estimate the use of resources based on what might be required in the year ahead, cloud allows the system to be scaled up or down at any time with businesses only paying for what they use. As activity can be closely tracked, cloud expenditure can be forecast more accurately. Cloud also makes it much simpler to identify business areas where other savings can be made. Intelligence from collected data in real time can be used to report back on staff movements, enabling rules to be set. Automated heating, for example, could be set to activate only in the most frequented areas, driving down running costs thanks to the insights that cloud makes possible.

In the past the installation of a security solution was a task that ended when the system was operational. Now, the deployment of a cloud solution marks the start of an ongoing partnership which is intended to help businesses make the most from their chosen system. Working closely with a provider will enable organisations to ensure that the solution meets their exact requirements. Use of AI and analytics even means that the system will become even more accurate over time as it aggregates and interprets data about the business’ security and operations, ultimately improving ROI.

As new services and tools are released, cloud enables businesses to access the very latest technologies and use them to their optimum potential. Cloud is revolutionising physical security with its cost system and simplified budgeting making cutting-edge physical security widely available to all. Those businesses that are willing to make the move to cloud will be those that continue to benefit from the many new capabilities that the digital transformation in security makes possible.

Discover more: https://www.morphean.com/

[1] https://itbrief.com.au/amp/story/public-cloud-computing-spend-to-overtake-traditional-it

WEBINAR REWIND: Introduction to Hybrid Cloud Video Security (September 2022)

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Don’t worry if you missed last month’s essential Verkada webinar Introduction to Hybrid Cloud Video Security, you can now re-watch the entire session online!

Security systems are increasingly becoming out of date. Costly and unreliable on-premise hardware such as NVRs and DVRs, poor quality footage, and the inability to view or manage devices online are issues all too common. Businesses need to bring their security systems to the modern age in order to increase usability, reduce maintenance costs, and ensure the safety of their property and staff.

Verkada’s Hybrid Cloud Video Security solution removes these issues entirely. Cameras with solid state storage built into the cameras remove the need for onsite hardware, allow users to view and manage devices from anywhere, and offer state-of-the-art features such as facial and license plate analytics, crowd notifications, and much more.

Verkada’s ‘Introduction to Hybrid Cloud Video Security’ webinar included a live demonstration of their online ‘Command’ centre. The webinar touches not only on their cameras, but also on their Access Control, Environmental Sensors, Alarms, Guest Management, and Mailroom products, and the benefits businesses can realise from the integration between them.

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DOWNLOAD: Cloud physical security now a critical link in digital transformation agenda

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A new practical guide has been published by Security-as-a-Service specialist Morphean to help security businesses understand and adopt the digitalised world of physical security.

It argues that cloud physical security is now playing a critical role in the digital transformation agenda, as AI-driven analytics help unlock superior security and intelligence benefits while helping to mitigate the rising cost base being felt by many security businesses across Europe.

Digitalisation has ushered in a new era of hosted security platforms that are disrupting the industry. With the cloud providing the critical infrastructure, exciting new technologies and systems are emerging that enable the sharing of powerful data-driven insights from surveillance data. These benefits relate not only to improved security, but also to operational intelligence to drive efficiencies and profitability for end users. It will increasingly be those security professionals who can combine a physical securityskillset with knowledge of the cloud, networks and systems, that will reap future rewards.

However, as the cost-of-living crisis deepens with energy and fuel prices running at their highest rates in decades, the guide reasons that cloud, AI and analytics have multiple economic benefits for partners. Switching to the cloud not only represents more predictable budgeting and recurring revenue for the partner business, but also leads to cost savings by making better use of people and internal resources, while helping them to gain a competitive edge as customer requirements rapidly evolve.

Cloud physical security, charged per device per month, offers the partner a route to more sustainable revenue growth and contracts to be leveraged by upselling more features. In addition, with cloud, a highly skilled technical engineer can set up systems remotely, not only saving money on fuel but completing several customer jobs in the time that it would take to set up just one system at a customer site. Selling and deploying faster and more efficiently represents a better return on the individual’s salary investment.

Key areas covered in the guide include:

  • Cloud physical security: A new digital dawn for CCTV
  • The business case: Reduce costs and streamline operations
  • Analytics and data-driven decisions: Improve security and business performance
  • Employing sustainable practices: Achieve green targets
  • Improving cybersecurity knowledge: Protect networks and systems
  • Trusted partnerships: Build relationships that lead to long-term success

Martyn Ryder, VP Sales and Marketing at Morphean, explained: “Such is the nature and complexity of the modern threat landscape that companies are increasingly turning to external partners to strengthen their security posture. To remain competitive physical security specialists need to arm themselves with knowledge of network connectivity, AI and the power of analytics to help them position cloud physical security technology as more than just business security, but also business intelligence. In so doing, the partner can also access many potential cost-saving benefits to future-proof their business.”

The guide also explores the importance of establishing trusted partnerships to work more collaboratively, in order to minimise system vulnerabilities and to mitigate cyber security risk. Learning to recognise the cyber risks will help security professionals and their customers ensure the most appropriate security protocols are in place for maximum protection of networks and systems.

VERKADA WEBINAR: Moving Beyond CCTV for Video Security

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Organisations are quickly moving to the cloud to enable remote access, support greater video monitoring scale, and improve usability of video surveillance systems away from the traditional CCTV models.

In this webinar, we’ll share how to deploy smart, cloud-based video surveillance that is simple and scalable for anyone in your organisation.

Thursday, Oct 15 2020 14:00 BST

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WEBINAR REWIND: Smart Buildings – Integrating Video Security & Access Control

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If you missed Verkada’s recent webinar on integrating video security and access control into smart buildings, don’t worry – You can now re-watch the entire session online!

Verkada, the leader in cloud-based physical security, recently launched Access Control as the next step to delivering on the company’s vision of becoming the operating system that powers modern buildings.

In the webinar, you’ll get an early look at how seamlessly access control integrates with Verkada’s video security solution, providing users with real-time visibility into access-based events in their buildings.

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WEBINAR: Introduction to Hybrid Cloud Security

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Organisations are quickly moving to the cloud to enable remote access, support greater video monitoring scale, and improve usability of video surveillance systems away from the traditional CCTV models. In this webinar, we’ll share how to deploy smart, cloud-based video surveillance that is simple and scalable for anyone in your organisation. 

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Thursday, Sep 17 2020 2:00PM BST

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WEBINAR REWIND: Introduction to Hybrid-Cloud Video Security

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Don’t worry if you missed Verkada’s Intro to Hybrid-Cloud Video Security webinar last week – You can now re-watch the entire session online!

Organisations are quickly moving to the cloud to enable remote access, support greater video monitoring scale, and improve usability of video surveillance systems away from the traditional CCTV models.

In this webinar, the experts at Verkada share how to deploy smart, cloud-based video surveillance that is simple and scalable for anyone in your organisation.

Click Here To Re-WATCH THE WEBINAR

If you’d like to request a risk-free trial with Verkada, sign up here

WEBINAR: Introduction to Hybrid Cloud Security – Moving Beyond CCTV for Video Security

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Organisations are quickly moving to the cloud to enable remote access, support greater video monitoring scale, and improve usability of video surveillance systems away from the traditional CCTV models.

In this webinar, the experts at Verkada share how to deploy smart, cloud-based video surveillance that is simple and scalable for anyone in your organisation.

Thursday, Aug 20 2020

2:00PM BST

Click Here To Register

If you’d like to request a risk-free trial with Verkada, sign up here

WEBINAR REWIND: An Introduction to Hybrid Cloud Camera Security with Verkada

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Organisations are quickly moving to the cloud to enable remote access, support greater video monitoring scale, and improve usability of their video surveillance systems. These technology forward organisations are now beginning to replace their outdated traditional CCTV networks with a more modern approach.

Verkada recently hosted a webinar entitled an Introduction to Hybrid Cloud Camera Security, covering off the following key issues:-

  • How to deploy smart cloud-based video surveillance
  • Eliminate the NVR, one of the most vulnerable points of entry to your network
  • Scale coverage effortlessly without impacting your network footprint
  • Securely share live camera feeds via SMS in seconds

You can re-watch the webinar in full by clicking here.

You can register for Verkada’s next webinar – Eliminate the NVR, Move to the Cloud – by clicking here.

Eagle Eye Networks Roadshow dates confirmed

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Eagle Eye Networks and Brivo are gearing up for another European roadshow. The program is individually tailored for each city with regional industry experts and guest speakers. Hear first-hand  of the growing trends of cloud-based security solutions in 2020.

For all details and the cities we are touring, click here: https://www.een.com/euro_roadshow_2020_uk

ABOUT EAGLE EYE NETWORKS – CLOUD VMS 

 The Eagle Eye Networks Cloud VMS is a fully managed video surveillance solution, delivering an end-to-end video management system that’s simple to deploy and easy to use – making it a great fit for any business. 

RESTAURANTS 

A restaurant is a busy place, with constant activity in many different areas of the building. The ease of use of Eagle Eye’s Cloud VMS, is ideal for managers to watch both live and recorded video to improve quality and employee productivity and reduce risk at the same time. 

OFFICES

If a business doesn’t provide a prompt, professional service, customers will go somewhere else. Eagle Eye Networks provides a way to improve employee safety and a tool to increase productivity. 

RETAIL STORES 

Traditionally, retail environments use video surveillance to reduce theft. This is still a need that exists today – however, modern retailers are leveraging their video surveillance systems for more than just loss prevention. They use it to optimize their business, monitor store quality, and ensure employee development.

GYMs 

View multiple locations on a single screen and group them by front desk, gym floor, or however you prefer – The layouts in Eagle Eye Cloud VMS are completely customizable. Now it’s easy to verify your members receive excellent customer service at every location.

https://www.een.com/euro_roadshow_2020_uk