Making CCTV History
Cloudview started in 2012 with the simple observation that whilst CCTV systems incorporate a lot of sophisticated technology, they are not able to provide a simple, reliable and secure overview of the visual data generated by multiple cameras across multiple systems — often in multiple geographic locations.
Visual Data Platform
Where CCTV equipment can be either physically accessed, or accessed via a local network, the management of visual data is relatively straightforward, but when multiple cameras located at multiple geographic locations are involved, the logistics of collecting and processing visual data becomes complex, time-consuming and expensive. Add to this the emerging need for organisations to create shared networks of cameras across geographies or supply chains, then layer on top of that the requirements of the GDPR and the need for secure, reliable cloud-based systems becomes not just apparent, but pressing.
Cloudview provides a trusted way to consolidate visual data that can be compared to a Bank, and like a Bank we want to enable our clients to fully leverage their assets. In the case of Cloudview through the discovery, interpretation and communication of meaningful patterns within it. We do this by ensuring that the Cloudview platform will interoperate with visual data analytics software either at the “edge”, or in the “cloud”.
It’s estimated that when added together, all the CCTV systems around the world process more than 450 petabytes of data every day. That’s 18 times more than Google, but less than 2% of it ever gets used. Cloudview is dedicated to helping its clients unlock the vast commercial potential of this data by making it possible to easily access, manage and analyse it, whilst improving its security and privacy.
Mobilising cloud computing and IoT technology, Cloudview securely transports visual data to secure, resilient, cloud servers. Once stored, it can be instantly accessed, used and managed from anywhere on any device. The visual data collected from network-connected cameras and legacy CCTV systems can then be analysed — just like any other form of Big Data.
Cloudview is designed to enable analytics-centred applications such as ANPR, people counting and facial recognition as well as interaction with a growing number of IoT devices and sensors.
Cloudview provides an overview, and secure access to visual data captured by any number of CCTV cameras at any number of locations — anywhere. It’s in use at remote locations with just a single camera, and connected to hundreds of cameras at multiple locations, across entire organisations.
Once connected, no further hardware upgrades or licences are required if camera coverage needs to be extended, or retention periods altered. All visual data captured can be accessed using a browser, from anywhere, on any device.
Built for resilience and predictability, Cloudview utilises Amazon’s high performance, secure, global, cloud infrastructure. Client data is stored in large-scale, military-grade, data centres with multiple redundant data backups, over multiple locations, to prevent data loss.
If CCTV equipment or broadband services fail, this is immediately detected by Cloudview, and users are alerted. Whilst out of service, visual data continues to be recorded by Cloudview’s Visual Network Adapters (VNAs) to be transferred to Cloudview’s servers, when connectivity is resumed.
Cloudview connects to CCTV cameras using its secure visual network adapters (VNAs) with no need for additional hardware, software, fixed IP services or VPNs. VNAs are single-purpose in scope to prevent malicious cyber-attacks. Firmware is regularly, automatically updated to keep defences against cyber-attacks up to date.
Visual data is securely transferred via an encrypted tunnel to remote, military-grade, data centres where it’s encrypted, cryptographically hashed and stored.
Authorised users are securely connected via the Cloudview portal, enabling them to review visual data generated by their video cameras, from anywhere, on any device.
Privacy & Trust
Cloudview brings centralised control to corporate visual data collection and authorised users can fully manage the parameters of visual data collection and storage. This makes it easier to comply with the laws intended to protect the privacy of data subjects, without limiting the use of visual data.
As soon as visual data is captured, it is encrypted and sent to remote cloud servers. Visual data can only be accessed by authorised users, and remains encrypted until it’s either required for evidence, or at the request of a data subject. At the end of the retention period the visual data is erased and cannot be restored.
Cloudview checks system status, and updates the time-stamping of each camera connected to it, 5,000 times a day. Cloudview personnel cannot access any visual data stored on its servers.