Over the next several years, video surveillance as a service (VSaaS) is expected to gain even more ground within the booming surveillance market. Today’s end users are growing increasingly comfortable with cloud-based services like VSaaS, giving value-added resellers (VARs) the opportunity to diversify their business by offering both traditional surveillance and service-based products.
If you’re ready to get started with VSaaS, now is a fantastic time to familiarize yourself with the technology and set yourself apart from the competition. Because you already have experience with other video surveillance technology, VSaaS will be a natural complement to your skillset.
Here we take you through the basics of VSaaS, as well as how to get started:
What is VSaaS?
VSaaS is simply a Web-hosted surveillance system. In a VSaaS solution, cameras located on site record the footage, which is then remotely recorded, stored, managed, played, and sometimes even monitored. Because most of the system functions are handled “in the cloud,” the customer only requires an IP camera, a reliable Internet connection, and a VSaaS provider or a VAR.
What benefits does VSaaS offer?
One of the main reasons that VSaaS is experiencing rapid growth is that it offers several key benefits that stand to help nearly every customer. Here are a few of the top selling points of VSaaS:
Remote access and management. Because video feeds are stored in the cloud, your customers can access and manage them using a desktop, laptop, or mobile device from any location with an Internet connection, adding unprecedented flexibility to a video surveillance system.
Security. Because surveillance footage is stored off site, it is better protected from accidents, theft, and tampering.
Scalability. Your customers no longer have to invest in additional network video recorders (NVRs), cabling, or other equipment when they need to expand their surveillance network. Instead, they simply add a camera and scale up their VSaaS service as needed.
Improved speeds. Many customers with on-site security technology experience delays due to heavy bandwidth loads and overworked DVRs. However, with VSaaS, cloud-based storage improves the speed of video viewing and playback; the end user simply has to open an Internet browser in order to access it.
More cost-effective. VSaaS systems only require on-site cameras, doing away with the computers, storage devices, and software typically needed for a full-fledged surveillance solution. Customers typically pay a low fee each month for the cloud-based services that they use, which helps keep overall costs very low.
What verticals are using VSaaS?
VSaaS is growing in nearly every vertical, with even greater interest in those markets where the security of surveillance data is a top priority. Some of the top VSaaS verticals are:
- Government agencies
- Educational campuses
VSaaS is also a great fit for smaller companies and start-ups that don’t have the capital to invest in an on-site surveillance system. For these customers, a month-to-month, cloud-based solution is ideal.
How should I get started?
When you’re ready to add VSaaS to your business, you most likely need to find a third-party software as a service (SaaS) provider with which to partner. (Some larger VARs offer cloud-based services themselves, which is certainly an option as well.) Start learning the ins and outs of VSaaS as soon as possible, because it’s likely that your competition will not be far behind.
If you don’t already have a partnership with a technology distributor, this type of relationship can help you optimize your cloud-based services. Consider partnering with a distributor to take advantage of its experience in the SaaS field.
Have you considered adding VSaaS to your product offering? If not, what’s your reason for hesitating?