Video security systems are becoming more relevant today than ever before. Every time you turn on the news you find that there’s some sort of crime happening in local neighborhoods around you. Sometimes these people are lucky enough to have a video security system installed around their house, which can help bring the criminals to justice, in the case that it doesn’t deter them completely. In this article, we’ll discuss the two top video security trends today so you can decide which is best for you.

Dropcam / Nest

The first and definitely the easiest video security system to install and maintain is the Nest cam, formerly known as the Dropcam. This unit is literally plug and play, meaning you plug it into power and set it up on your Wi-Fi. The only additional item needed is an application on your android or iPhone and you are good to go.

The main benefit of the Nest cam is the ease of setting it up and that you can also view it anywhere from your android, iPhone or computer. It can alert you whenever it detects motion in the area via an android or iPhone notification or an email. The nest cam can also store the last 10 – 30 days of recording in the cloud for you, meaning there is no way that an intruder could steal the recordings from you to make a clean getaway.video-security-surveillance-houston-tx

The only drawback of the Nest cam is that if you want to be able to view the last 10 days of recordings then it cost you $10 per month. This is only a nominal fee, but it’s something to consider when looking for a video security system for your needs.

Full security system

There are two main full video security systems to consider. One of them is a closed loop system, which means that you can only view the video within your own home network. The video is not available to stream outside of the premises of the system, so you can’t view it on the go.

The other type is a system where you can view it remotely, usually from a android or iPhone. These are handy if you are away from the system for extended periods of time, and usually allow you to set up alerts like the Nest cam does.

Full security systems generally come with a built in DVR that you can store the last 10 – 30 days of video recording to. They also have a wide range of camera options, such as 1 camera up to 8 or more cameras depending on your needs. The more cameras you have the larger the DVR drive you’ll need to store longer periods of time. The general rule is to have one camera for every corner of your house, or every spot where you might expect an intruder to enter. The most popular systems have 4 cameras.

Unlike the Nest cam, you generally don’t have the monthly fee involved for the recordings. However, these systems can be more expensive up front in order to provide the same level of clarity that a Nest cam does. The only other drawback would be that these systems don’t store recordings into the cloud, so if an intruder stole the DVR system then you don’t have any proof of what happened. The benefit though vs. a Nest cam is that you don’t pay the monthly fee (with most systems).

When looking at the cloud for video surveillance, there are three main things to consider:

  1. Chain of custody. Many organizations generating video surveillance data, including police departments and governmental agencies, have chain of custody requirements. Since it is difficult to prove chain of custody when someone outside the organization has touched video data, cloud storage can be tricky.
  2. Cost. When calculating the cost of cloud storage, organizations must include the cost of withdrawing data if a cloud vendor closes its doors, or if the user decides to change cloud providers. Video data in particular — because it is unstructured — faces a high cost of transmission. For these reasons, full cloud solutions are generally cost prohibitive and non-viable for the video surveillance market.
  3. Proprietary nature. Proprietary nature describes the extent to which organizations have sole ownership of and fast access to their data. Ownership enables organizations to access data at a moment’s notice, rather than waiting for a cloud provider to withdraw the data for them.

For genetic diversity in the data center, a hybrid cloud storage model is recommended. Hybrid cloud uses a mixture of on-premises; private and public cloud storage to create a seamless and secure solution, customized to each organization.

No matter what your needs are, everyone can benefit from a video security system. We hope this review has helped you understand some of the top trends, and narrow down what fits your needs.