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James Wickes, CEO and cofounder at Cloudview talks about how connected devices are breathing new life into the CCTV market and ultimately making security easier.

The Internet of Things has tremendous potential to transform how businesses operate. In fact, it’s already making an impact in video surveillance and monitoring. Not an area traditionally associated with the rapid adoption of new technology, but the IoT is reinvigorating the CCTV market.

Organisations both large and small are beginning to use IoT technology in conjunction with cloud services to improve the effectiveness of their existing CCTV hardware in order to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) due to come into effect in May 2018. These technologies enable visual data to be captured and stored securely off-site for as long as required, and viewed by any authorised person from any location using their smartphone, tablet or PC. Footage can be emailed directly to the police if required so it can be used straight away rather than it having to be collected. Another advantage is that criminals often damage or destroy CCTV equipment when committing a crime. Using the IoT and cloud devices ensures that the evidence is out of reach.

It’s vital to ensure that visual data is protected, both when it is in transit and when it is stored. Solutions are available that provide encryption, ensuring it remains secure in all parts of the process meeting the requirements of the Data Protection Act (DPA) – and the upcoming GDPR. One such solution is the Cloudview service – a smart adapter is attached to existing analogue or IP CCTV cameras, providing IoT connectivity and security as well as accurate date and time stamping of footage that is then stored in the cloud.

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