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Editor Introduction


Cloud implementations enable organizations to slash IT costs, boost performance, increase efficiency, and provide flexibility in a variety of applications. Cloud computing is a great way to store and access data from anywhere in the world, as long as you have an internet connection. In the case of video management, Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) systems are becoming more popular, both as a means of managing costs and to deliver expectations of accessing video from any device anywhere in the world. But on-premise video management systems (VMSs) still have a role to play, don’t they? We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: 

What is the continuing role of video management systems (VMS), given the growth in Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS)? 

While VSaaS/cloud-based systems are currently trending and will continue to expand, they may not be suitable for every environment. Many individuals or companies are reluctant to pay recurring fees for subscription services, as well as monthly charges for network bandwidth and cloud storage, which can be costly! Larger systems with high-resolution cameras can require significant bandwidth and storage, making it an expensive option. Moreover, certain projects are funded as one-time capital expenditures, making VSaaS impractical. Additionally, high-security facilities, critical infrastructure, government, military systems, and corporate IT policies often prohibit external connections, rendering VSaaS inappropriate due to connectivity and security concerns. If the internet connection is lost, system functionality, including live viewing, investigations, playback, and export capabilities, is compromised. In such cases, a hybrid solution that combines the security of an on-premises system with the convenience of cloud access is often preferred. Consequently, server-based on-premises VMS solutions are expected to remain in demand and grow in the marketplace.

Editor Summary


Not every security environment is ideal for Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS). Some applications still benefit from the responsiveness of an on-premise Video Management System (VMS) that is not dependent on an internet connection. In the future of video surveillance, there are roles to play for both types of systems, and technological advances continue to improve the performance and adaptability of both. 

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