Using the Cloud for physical security began with Video-as-a-Service solutions. That showed the benefits of transmitting and storing secure feeds which can only be viewed and saved on an authorised device. For some years, this was hampered by the amount of data to be transmitted. However, modern Internet (and mobile Internet) speeds mean that these issues have been overcome.
Improved flexibility is one of the key benefits of Cloud technology. Using wireless connections to online services dramatically simplifies installation and servicing times. It also cuts down on the issues and disruption that may arise for anyone working in the vicinity of the installation.
Online storage is also cheap and easy to use, as well as removing data from local storage which could be compromised by an intrusion or an attack episode. At the same time, authorised control of these systems can easily be granted or changed as required from any location.
This could be particularly useful for a multinational organisation, for example. Security teams may operate in different time zones at completely different locations, but centralised operators still need a broad visibility of each site in order to ensure that security is maintained on a 24/7 basis.
Benefits for all
The Cloud brings a broad range of benefits for end users, installers and manufacturers alike. It transforms how end users buy and run their security systems from a capital purchase to a rented solution with a fixed and regular predictable ongoing fee. The provider supplies a service delivery agreement and a guaranteed level of security technology investment.
For installers, Cloud systems make it much easier to administer and service systems remotely. It’s also a perfect recurring revenue model, ensuring that sales are not just composed of monthly targets to ‘shift boxes’.
Cloud technology allows manufacturers to change their business model. Much like installers, the business will benefit from not having to reach lofty hardware sales targets each month to ensure revenue generation.
By allocating the costs and revenues from security systems across a much broader timespan, both customers and suppliers have a far more balanced relationship. In many ways, Cloud technology ensures that both sides interact as more equal partners.
Having a much more balanced revenue stream through service provision means that security providers can also ensure they make more regular investments in technology. This leads to benefits for everyone.
Embracing the Cloud
TDSi has openly embraced the Cloud approach with its new and user-friendly GARDiS access management software. It improves accessibility with ease of installation and features an end user interface that has been developed specifically to accommodate various users, from installers right through to IT managers.
The design and development of GARDiS has been innovated thanks to customer feedback that specified an interest in a simple and straightforward platform. This empowers installers and end users to solve issues themselves, in turn saving on time.
The user interface embodies simplicity itself to minimise confusion and allow users to start employing it on a swift footing. By using intuitive yet minimalistic design, and by being a browser-hosted application, switching tabs is a smooth process with minimal load times on virtually any Internet-enabled device.
GARDiS is supported by an intuitive help system that holds short video demos highlighting how to perform tasks from an end user’s point of view in order to minimise time spent contacting Customer Support.
GARDiS embodies the benefits of Cloud-based security. Installation is quick and simple via an online download. Registration is also simple, while updates are delivered automatically via an IP connection. Full support and troubleshooting is available online.
John Davies is Managing Director at TDSi