Historically, the systems that managed security and access control were located on-site. These systems contain computer equipment, storage devices, and software to run various applications. While some systems require on-site equipment, more systems are now cloud-based. Cloud-based solutions work for many different businesses. Some common applications include retail, medical offices, daycare, multi-tenant buildings, warehouses, and off-campus housing.

Cloud Limitations

Cloud-connected systems have very few limitations. One exception is limited bandwidth. Limited bandwidth can be a choke-point for data-heavy systems such as major video surveillance operations with many cameras. Small to mid-sized video surveillance systems are perfectly suited for a cloud-connection. A formula accounting for the number of cameras, frame rate, and resolution, will determine if a cloud-based solution is possible for your surveillance application.

A second limitation is restricted internet access. A prison or government agency, for example, may not want their security system connected to the internet. However, there are most applications can still utilize off-site hosting.

Cloud Benefits

The cost savings and operational justifications of a cloud-based system are significant:

  • Off-site software
  • Off-site hardware
  • Off-site maintenance
  • Lower initial investment
  • Scalability

Operational interruptions are eliminated with off-site hardware, software, and maintenance. It’s no longer necessary to schedule a technician to perform maintenance, updates, or service. This is all completed off-site by your security partner.

The initial investment is reduced by eliminating on-site server hardware. No local servers are needed for cloud-based systems.

With a cloud-connected security system, scalability is a breeze. Now, a system at headquarters doesn’t need to be able to communicate with a remote building or location. Each location is connected directly to the cloud with a standard internet connection. This also cuts down on initial and ongoing IT support.

Consider R-MAC

Aside from hosting your system in the cloud, your system can also be managed remotely by your security partner. Systems like access control can be programmed and maintained by a third party. This eliminates the time required for your team to enter new employees, remove past employees, and issue new card credentials or badges.

Remotely Managed Access Control, or R-MAC, by Securitronics provides these cost-saving operational benefits. Cost reductions from software elimination, hardware elimination, and off-site maintenance are just the beginning. Our team handles the administrative tasks as well, freeing up your team to focus on business operations.

Select from a variety of hardware, including hands-free proximity or biometrics. It’s easy to budget for R-MAC and you’ll have controlled monthly costs for all services.

Installation and setup of a complete package with control panel, locking hardware, and wiring can be accomplished for most customers in a few hours.

Plus, security cameras can be connected to the same hosted managed service, providing a one-stop solution for your company.

Security Partnership

There’s not a specific total cost of ownership per security camera or access-controlled door. Every application is different. However, stakeholder inclusion and proper project planning will help you to deploy and maintain the best possible cloud-based solution. An experienced security partner is an excellent advantage. A security professional can visit your facility to collaborate with administrators, security staff, IT, department leaders, and other key stakeholders. The resulting plan will be a tailored and comprehensive security solution that improves daily and long-term operations for every department.

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