Guest Column | October 28, 2013

Why The Real Cloud Matters For Your Security Enterprise

By Steve Van Till, President and CEO, Brivo Systems, LLC

The Cloud Comes to Security

The cloud computing market is exploding. Worth over $100 billion in 2012 and doubling within the next four years, this trend is here to stay and the physical security market is no exception. With a growing range of Security-as-a-Service offerings from access control to video surveillance, recurring revenue business models have grown far beyond their origins in alarm monitoring and now pervade every aspect of our industry.

Vendors responded to this gold rush with product offerings designed to put integrators into the RMR business. They’re also offering to save end users big up-front expenses while reducing total cost of ownership.

Unfortunately, with every gold rush there are opportunists selling false, over-hyped claims. This is especially worrisome for the security industry because inaccurate cloud claims endanger the safety of our customers and their property. In this article, we’ll examine a number of these claims and discuss their impact on the quality of security systems.

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