Cloud-based Video Surveillance is the Future of Security

surveillance moves to the cloud

In today’s rapidly evolving landscape, the need for powerful video surveillance systems has never been greater. Businesses and organizations are now seeking to leverage the cloud to not only ensure the safety of their employees and assets but also to gain business intelligence.

Traditional surveillance systems rely on on-premise infrastructure with limited scalability and extensive maintenance schedules. In contrast, cloud-based surveillance harnesses the flexibility, accessibility, and scalability of cloud technology to deliver a more agile and efficient solution.

Key Features of Cloud-Based Surveillance

Hanwha Vision is investing heavily in cloud solutions as we enter a new era in surveillance technology. With the introduction of OnCloud, we are excited to offer a direct-to-cloud VMS that allows users to manage their system from anywhere on any device. This Hanwha built and owned platform enables us to deliver relevant solutions to our global customers, and respond to their feedback and requests.

Jonathan FarmerDirector, Product Management Hanwha Vision

Cloud-based surveillance systems empower organizations with effective monitoring that analyzes video data for actionable insights and enhances their overall security posture.

Remote Access:

Cloud-based surveillance solutions allow users to access live and recorded video data from anywhere with an internet connection, enabling simple and reliable remote monitoring.


Users can easily scale their cloud-based systems to accommodate growing security needs.  Add cameras, storage, and users as needed without costly and time-consuming infrastructure upgrades.

AI-driven Analytics:

Advanced surveillance analytics powered by artificial intelligence (AI) enable users to detect and classify objects, recognize faces, and identify potential threats in real-time while saving that data for use during forensic review.

Centralized Management:

Cloud-based video management platforms provide a centralized management interface that allows administrators to configure settings, manage users, and monitor multiple locations from a single dashboard.

Benefits of Cloud-based Surveillance

Cloud-based surveillance systems offer countless benefits for organizations seeking to enhance their security and operational efficiency. Some key benefits include:

Total Cost of Ownership:

Cloud-based systems eliminate the need for upfront hardware investments and ongoing maintenance costs associated with traditional on-premise systems, resulting in lower total cost of ownership.

Real-Time Monitoring:

Organizations can monitor multiple locations in real-time, from anywhere, allowing them to respond quickly to security incidents and potential threats.

Seamless Integration:

Cloud-based surveillance systems can easily integrate with other security solutions, such as access control and alarm systems, to provide a comprehensive security ecosystem.

Enhanced Security:

Protect video footage from unauthorized access by leveraging encryption, user controls and other security measures to ensure data integrity.

Keeping Data Secure

Security is paramount in video surveillance, and cloud-based systems employ a range of measures to keep data secure.

Data Encryption:

Encryption (E2EE), Transport Layer Security (TLS), Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), and Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) are just a few of the security measures used to protect sensitive information and ensure data integrity.

Redundant Storage:

Cloud-based surveillance systems employ strategies for regular backups, offsite storage (sometimes in multiple data centers), and disaster recovery planning to minimize downtime and protect against data loss.

Privacy and Compliance:

Privacy and compliance are top priorities in video surveillance, particularly with regulations like GDPR and HIPAA. Transparent privacy policies and user consent are essential for ensuring compliance with these regulations and maintaining trust with stakeholders.

Compliance Certification:

Compliance certifications, such as ISO 27001 and GDPR compliance, are critical in ensuring the security and reliability of cloud-based video surveillance systems. These certifications provide organizations with assurance that their surveillance systems meet industry standards and regulatory requirements.

Best Practices for Implementation

Implementing cloud-based video surveillance systems requires careful planning and execution. Best practices include thorough system design, regular security audits, and employee training to ensure the security and reliability of surveillance infrastructure.

Compatibility with Existing Hardware:

Evaluate the compatibility of the cloud surveillance solution with existing hardware, such as security cameras and network video recorders (NVRs), to ensure a smooth transition.

Access Control and Authentication:

Implement strong access controls to restrict access to surveillance data. Use multi-factor authentication (MFA) and role-based access control (RBAC) to ensure that only authorized personnel can view or manage the surveillance system.

Data Retention Policies:

Define clear data retention policies to govern how long surveillance data is stored and when it should be deleted. This helps mitigate privacy risks and ensures compliance with data protection regulations.

Cloud-based video surveillance offers organizations a transformative solution for enhancing their security posture. By leveraging the flexibility, scalability, and advanced features of cloud technology, organizations can monitor their environments in real-time, analyze video data for actionable insights, and ensure the safety and security of their assets.

Looking ahead to 2024, several key trends will shape the landscape of cloud-based video surveillance. These trends include customizable AI for on-site training, scalable investments in flexible solutions, advancements in edge computing, and an increased focus on privacy and cybersecurity.

To unlock valuable insights and strategies for optimizing their surveillance systems, we invite readers to sign up for our comprehensive guide to cloud-based video surveillance.

Hanwha Vision Cloud Portal

Launching in September 2024, the Hanwha Vision Cloud Portal enables organizations to turn their video security systems into powerful sources of insights and control…from anywhere.

  • OnCloud – Direct-to-cloud video management system
  • DMPro – Multi-site health monitoring solution
  • SightMind – Real-time AI analytics dashboard
  • FLEX AI – Custom AI model trainer

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About Hanwha Vision

Hanwha Vision (formerly Hanwha Techwin) has been leading the global video surveillance industry with world-class optical design, image processing and cybersecurity technologies for more than 30 years. As it broadens its business to become a global vision solution provider, Hanwha Vision will deliver more valuable and meaningful insights to customers by collecting key information and providing big data analytics utilizing AI and cloud technologies.

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