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The Wirral-based IP video surveillance integrator NW Security has signed a partnership agreement with the security-as-a-service platform company Arcules.

The Arcules Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) platform provides users with an underlying cloud infrastructure which offers compatibility between sites, low video latency, data encryption, redundancy, streamlined maintenance, and automatic firmware updates; all built on the Google Cloud Platform.

The Californian product developer says Google Cloud offers several advantages for those exploring migrating their CCTV system into the Cloud. Google has built its own data centres around Europe so data privacy requirements under the EU-wide Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are met, while minimising data latency to microseconds – something that is crucial in live monitoring of CCTV.

Google Cloud also offers capability for harnessing Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT). This can help users match CCTV camera data with data from other connected sensors to add to users’ understanding of incidents. This, in turn, can help users to become more proactive, predictive, in their security operations; and to extract non-security business intelligence which can be put to work to find business efficiencies.

Arcules offers a fully open platform including support for over 3,000 IP camera models. This enables customers to migrate their surveillance cameras to an Arcules Cloud account without buying new cameras.

Arcules, which was spun out of Milestone Systems three years ago, integrates with Milestone’s Video Management Software (VMS). Milestone XProtect customers can make smaller remote sites live with minimal IT resources and downtime using the Arcules-XProtect Hybrid VMS Solution. Arcules remains a Canon Group company with Milestone and IP video product manufacturer Axis.

Frank Crouwel, Managing Director of NW Security, pictured, said: “We are right on the cusp of an acceleration in the migration of CCTV systems into the cloud. Over two thirds (71 per cent) of England-based medium and large-sized firms in the private sector and 43 per cent of public sector organisations we surveyed in September 20201, are planning to migrate CCTV systems into the cloud within the next 12 months.

“It’s important to have well developed services for helping firms to migrate CCTV into the cloud. Arcules now offers the right combination of highly secure, yet open and flexible cloud CCTV platform with easy on-boarding paths for customers. We are very pleased to be Arcules’ first integrator partner for the UK.”

And Michael Hyglid, Sales Director EMEA, said: “NW Security is set to be a key partner for us in the UK. Unusually, it has a broad base of customers who prefer to buy equipment direct, often via its specialist IP CCTV online store Networkwebcams.co.uk. NW Security then helps many of these companies to integrate and configure this equipment, so it works optimally.

“They also understand that some customers are likely to favour buying surveillance capabilities via OPEX rather than incurring considerable CAPEX which is where Arcules has a lot to offer. I’ve also been impressed by their knowledge of other cloud providers.

“They understood right away that we are not just a software solution that’s been ported into the cloud but are a 100 per cent ‘cloud first’ platform built on leading cloud tools and principles. They also understand where we are today and the strength of our technology roadmap.”


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