It is common to have cameras in remote areas of a
property that are not directly connected into the main
management server. Branch offices and locations may
have a few cameras each which can total tens of cameras
across all branches. These offices typically do not have
staff dedicated to maintaining servers.
Enterprise video systems also have multiple users
that require access to different groups of cameras. For
instance, department managers may require access to
specific but not cameras across multiple offices, e.g. the IT
room cameras or parking lot cameras. The local manager
generally needs access to all cameras at their location.
Often, such usage requires users to log into the server at
a remote site to view cameras from that site. This creates
an additional task to propagate user authorization and
credentials to each server and keep it current as user roles
change or as staff arrive or leave.
Some systems also require per-user licensing with a limit
of users per server with the base license. That encourages
generic (not user specific) logins and shared passwords,
which is a risk it itself.
CheckVideo does not use site servers. It is a federated
system that allows unlimited users with no per-user
license fees. Management of user credentials is centralized
through a web-based administration tool. Users can be
allowed arbitrary access to cameras across sites and this
access can be modified or revoked from a central location.
Historically, one way to mitigate and address these
challenges has been to lock down the camera network,
and only allow access to cameras from specific PCs or
named IP addresses. In today’s distributed and mobile
world, that is a severe limitation, which greatly restricts
the full potential of an expensive investment. Furthermore,
in the event of an emergency, it is unlikely that the viewing
PC is accessible because the site may be in lockdown.
Video is most often used forensically for investigations of
incidents or break-ins. Having access to the video system
minutes after an incident is reported almost makes it
necessary to provide the flexibility to view it securely from
a mobile device or from a remote location. The good news
is that security does not have to come at the expense of
flexibility. With CheckVideo managed solutions, you can
rest assured that the video network is secured, and will
stay secure with no extra effort required!