Did you know banks and retailers were the first U.S. businesses to use video surveillance as a security practice in the 1970s? 

Since then, video surveillance has become immersed in business security across a variety of industries. From gas stations to corporate offices, establishments around the world use cameras to protect inventory, employees and customers. 

Although video surveillance keeps business assets secure, the way it’s conducted differs. Business owners have options to record video using a hard wired device or through the Internet. 

To help you decide which method is right for your business, we explain the difference between digital video recorder (DVR) and cloud surveillance and the ways both could impact your business security.

What is DVR Surveillance?

A DVR is the physical device that processes and stores video signals from a security camera. When video is recorded, the footage is converted into a digital file and sent through a wire to the DVR. There is no Internet connection involved. DVRs are a closed-circuit system, meaning they are not connected to any network, and the footage can only be accessed through a hard drive on a computer.

What is Cloud Surveillance?

Cloud surveillance is the remote storage of video recordings on the Internet. It does not require any physical equipment or wires—only an Internet connection.

When a cloud-based surveillance camera records a video, the footage is converted to a file and sent to a storage host on the Internet. This host is typically a webpage that requires the user to use a unique login. Once logged in, users have access to all recorded videos and can also control the cameras remotely.

The Difference

Both DVR and cloud-based surveillance systems are similar in that they both store video footage. The difference between the two lies in accessibility. DVR systems do not require an Internet connection. The cameras are hard wired to the physical device.

On the other hand, cloud surveillance only requires an Internet connection. The cameras are wireless and can be controlled from multiple devices, including your smartphone, computer or tablet.

What Does it Mean for Your Business?

With a DVR surveillance system, you’ll need focus on the potential for physical setbacks. Some service and/or maintenance issues could include storage capacity, overheating or improper installation.

If you have a cloud-based surveillance system, the system connects to a network, which means cyber security safeguards must be in place. This includes:

For help finding the best solution for your business, contact a trusted security vendor.