How to spend more time growing your business and less time on security stuff

Over the course of the last few years, technology trends such as cloud computing, IoT, and big data analytics have reshaped the business and security landscape.
By Roy Alves, country manager at Axis Communications
Cloud computing specifically has enabled business of any size to tap into the power of services that were the exclusive abode of enterprises and big corporates in the past, such as accessing big data analytics to convert data into insight for instance.
Moreover, companies are streamlining and cutting their IT budgets by outsourcing selected services through trends like PaaS (platform as a service), IaaS (infrastructure as a service), and Saas (software as a service). This trend is also occurring within the security industry through security as a service, which entails remote and professionally hosted monitoring of video that is transmitted from the customer’s site.
Doing so, not only frees up internal resources which could be better focused elsewhere, but also improves the service levels by enabling better device-management and strengthening cyber security. With hosted security services, a service provider will take care of everything for you. Cloud technology gives you full access to cameras, door controllers, video and event notifications from anywhere that you have access to an Internet Connection.

Why turn to the cloud?
Some of the advantages of security as a service includes hassle-free service subscription and auto update whereby there is no need to worry about system updates and improvements since the service provider manages this on their end. This services also offers all the possibilities of a traditional surveillance system so customers do not miss out on anything they would have had through their own on premise security solutions.
Additionally, customers have the convenience of a service provider who is managing everything from system maintenance to the storage of videos in the cloud. All you need is an Internet Connection as well as Axis cameras or encoders.
Security as a service can be used for either single or multiple locations, with hosted services being ideal for small businesses such as retail outlets, petrol stations, and SMEs. In the event of the worst happening, customers can rest assured that an immediate response to incidents will occur, since videos are linked directly to security providers.
The daily security staff is able to leave your business after closing time, since virtual guard services provide extra security at night and around the clock. Guard services monitor alarms and dispatch a guard when needed.
Beyond the cost savings and security benefits, security as a service also provides business benefits such as the ability to easily get new features, apps and services to support your business such as license plate recognition, people counting and heat mapping.
The business world has one more acronym to contend with in SECaaS (security as a service) but so do criminals whose lives will be made more difficult through these integrated security services that business can access on an affordable, subscription basis that makes budgeting more predictable as well as more cost effective.

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Axis is a Swedish-based IT company offering network video solutions for professional installations. Founded in 1984 and operating worldwide with offices in more than 20 countries, Axis is an innovative global market leader in network video, driving the ongoing shift from analogue to digital video surveillance.  The products are used for security surveillance and remote monitoring, but also in installations in order to streamline customers’ business processes. Based on open IP standards, Axis network cameras connect to any kind of IP network, including the internet, providing advanced video analytics features, such as motion detection, audio detection and tampering alarm solutions.

Retail: the introduction of network video has revolutionised the way retail professionals work with loss prevention, store optimisation, fraud detection, security and customer service.

Education: students and teachers hampered by the threat of harassment or violence will be comforted by the presence of reliable network cameras in the school’s public spaces.

City Surveillance: Network video is one of the most useful tools for fighting crime and protecting citizens, acting both to detect and deter. In emergencies, network cameras can help police or fire-fighters pinpoint where their assistance is most needed.

Banking: solutions installed in local bank branches can transmit images to a central location for remote viewing us

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