Locally Recorded Vs. Cloud-Based Camera Systems

Video surveillance installation is one of the elementary steps of a physical security system. Did you know nearly 30% of smart homes in the US and Western Europe are protected with surveillance cameras? Security is also of the utmost importance when it comes to the success of any business. Compared to residential/single family homes, commercial spaces require robust approaches when it comes to physical security. Despite Covid 19’s fatal aftermath, the global video surveillance market value is forecasted to reach USD 74.6 billion in 2025, growing at a CAGR of 10.4%

There are many factors to consider before choosing the right camera security system for your establishment, one of them being storage. If you are a small enterprise, SD card or HDD storage is more apt for your needs. But corporate offices should ideally go with cloud storage for easy access. 

Locally Recorded Security Camera 

Locally recorded security cameras store your data in local storage like an SD card. Once the memory card is full, you can either overwrite the old footage or go for a new card. With SD card recorders, you don’t have to pay for cloud storage. 

An NVR device is another type of local storage-based camera that tapes 24/7 remote and on-site surveillance footage in high resolution. To record and process video signals at high speed, NVRs use the popular Serial ATA interface with a bandwidth of up to 600 MB/s. This SATA cable is connected to the hard drive, which stores the video data. NVRs also grant remote viewing options via desktop software or mobile apps.  

Cloud-based Security Camera 

This kind of modern surveillance system uses third-party cloud storage to save your data. As cloud storage allows remote access, signals are easily transmittable to the viewer. Once you log in, you can check your footage from any location, at any time, and from any suitable device. 

The storage capacity is scalable as per your requirements. Thirty days’ worth of cloud space will cost you approximately $30. Most of the local storage-based security cameras such as Wyze cam, eufycam offer cloud storage these days. PTR partners with many companies within the industry. We offer innovative solutions to these everyday concerns through our Brivo Cameras that allow you to control and monitor activity from your smartphone. PTR Controlled Access also works with Eagle Eye Networks which focuses on cloud storage and management of video files.    This would be a great place to mention our product line choices: Brivo Cameras and Eagle Eye Cameras.

Local Storage Vs. Cloud Space

  • Cloud-based security cameras provide a wireless experience. All you need to do is connect the device to a power source and configure it with a wireless router for internet access.

Local storage cameras are typically high maintenance and require a temperature-controlled physical set up.

  • You can’t run a 24/7 cloud-based surveillance system without a reliable internet speed with high bandwidth. It brings a time-gap between what the viewer is watching and what is happening in real-time during live streaming. A limited internet connection can also tamper with video and playback quality.

Alternatively, hard-wired local storage cameras use ethernet, making them ideal for new sites without WiFi access.

  • Although your data is safe from any physical theft or external interruption in a cloud-based system, a cloud server is not free from cyber threats. You can’t rule out the chances of security breaches or hacking, especially with weak password protection.

The possibility of hacking is comparatively less on a single network used by locally-stored security cameras. But a DVR or NVR should be installed in an area with a robust access control security system to protect the device from being stolen.