Cloud-based solutions have quickly come into focus in many industries, and video surveillance is no exception.
Video Surveillance as a Service, or VSaaS, is the technology that hosts the hardware and software of video-based security systems in the cloud, so that users can access their IP cameras anywhere they might be through any device and have video footage at their fingertips.
Since there is no hassle of on-site server installation and system configuration, VSaaS is an ideal choice for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMB). It is more cost-effective than traditional video surveillance solutions since users can spread costs out over the contract term and pay only for the services that are actually used.
Hikvision’s VSaaS makes it possible that disparate devices interact with each other as a convergent system. This enables them to perform specific tasks according to pre-defined linkage rules, for example, an intrusion event detected by the alarm system could trigger push-notice with video footage, and simultaneously close specific doors, as well as sound the siren.
User may create rules that are tailored to their needs with most of Hikvision devices, including IP cameras, video recorders, access control, intrusion alarm and video intercom products.
With a two-level fail-proof design, Hikvision’s VSaaS ensures constant backup of data and services. This way, users’ video data is actively protected and they can access their data 24/7.
This is established by, firstly, a network of globally distributed data centers. If one data center suffers a power failure or network disconnection, other, unaffected data centers can back up the information.
Similar redundancy also applies at the service instance level. Service load gets distributed and balanced among multiple service instances to ensure timely responses to user requests when an instance fails.
Hikvision’s VSaaS features caching of data at multiple levels – from the database to the cloud, and then to the edge domain, and finally to the user’s mobile app or laptop browser. Since data stored in each cache might be exactly what is needed, user requests for data can be retrieved almost instantly.
The result is less network latency, lower bandwidth traffic, and a better experience when opening the app or requesting data from the cloud.
Hikvision’s VSaaS provides Dynamic Domain Name Service (DDNS) for users to access their IP cameras when their laptops or smart phones are not in the cameras’ local area network (LAN).
To access an IP camera, users only need to register a simple and easy-to-remember domain name through Hik-Connect DDNS, leaving them free from tedious router configuration and costly fixed IP addresses.
In complex network environments, Hikvision’s VSaaS automatically selects the optimal path to the cameras and uses Peer-to-Peer (P2P) networking technology for users to access the cameras if layers of LANs need to be crossed. While keeping the high accessibility of cameras, these processes also ensure less network resource consumption.