17 May 2021

Examining the power remote of monitoring

The shift toward the cloud has certainly accelerated since the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic. For instance, at the end of 2020, according to research conducted by IT consulting company Way2Smile Solutions who specialize in cloud computing solutions, 67% of enterprise infrastructure became cloud-based. 

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions, like Vanderbilt’s ACT365, enable users to remotely access live and pre-recorded video footage anytime and anywhere. Their distinguishing characteristics deliver information rapidly, cost-effectively, and can be upgraded with the latest features as and when they become available. The benefits of remote monitoring solutions are that through push or email notifications, business owners can be alerted to any disturbances immediately via their smartphone.

Furthermore, the same report by Way2Smile found that the proportion of IT spending that is shifting to the cloud will increase again once the current pandemic concludes. It is expected to make up 14.2% of the total global enterprise IT spending market in 2024. In 2020, this number was 9.1%.

The Issues of Retail

For example, let’s take a closer look at the multi-layered issues that the retail industry faces daily. Shrinkage, vandalism, false claims, and shoplifting are just some issues that can affect a store’s bottom line.

As each retailer differs in size and luxury, flexible and scalable security solutions are a must. Here, remote monitoring capabilities are an essential feature. When stores leverage platforms that combine the capabilities of video surveillance and access control solutions, operators can associate video of specific egress points, and they gain the ability to open, close, lock and unlock doors from a remote location, reducing travel time to various stores.

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The Unmanned Supermarket

A cool and cutting-edge example of ACT365 and retail is an unmanned supermarket in Sweden. The grocery store wanted to be open earlier in the morning and later in the evening. However, it would be too expensive to hire staff to stay open during these times in smaller locations. This is because the number of customers shopping early in the morning or late at night is very small. But the grocery store wants to be able to provide its customers with this value-added service. Because of this, the store wanted to open unmanned and needed a solution to allow customers to enter the store in a functioning and approved manner by the insurance company.

Thanks to Vanderbilt’s and Nessence's excellent collaboration with an integration between the ACT365 cloud-based access control and video management system and Mobile BankID. This integration makes it possible to open the entrance door by digitally signing into the Mobile BankID on their phone. ACT365 proved a perfect solution for this project due to its easy deployment, easy operation, and a smooth web API to integrate with. As a complement to open the door via Mobile BankID is a stylish reader is located on the outside of the door, and this makes it possible to also access the store with a card or tag.

This has natural advantages that naturally create the conditions for peace of mind that SME owners crave.

At its simplest, remote monitoring allows for the elimination of once laborious tasks that are now capable of instant execution through the quick click of a button on mobile or desktop devices.

For example, in the beautiful marina in the Danish city of Vejle, ACT365 was recently installed. The marina wanted an access control system that could integrate with their booking system, Harba. There are 750 members with boats in the Vejle marina, and through the Harba booking system, they are issued a 6-digit personal PIN code or a tag. With this PIN code, they can then access and use the facilities of the marina, such as the toilets, showers, laundry rooms, and kitchen.

This is done by simply typing their PIN into the ACT365 reader at each entry point of the marina facilities. All services are then automatically billed on a monthly base via the Harba booking system. This access control booking strategy ensures that the marina’s facilities are kept free for member use only.

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Why The Cloud Works

SaaS applications are a natural fit for start-ups and small businesses. These are unlikely to be attracted by the prospect of setting up and managing on-premises infrastructure and applications.

Most important to remember is, it is not the business of a start-up or a small-to-medium enterprise to be running their security system. That’s the business of an external security company. So, what the cloud has achieved, is that security is now a managed service for customers. So, if a business is selling cupcakes, that can now be their priority. Simple as.

This can lead to large cost savings with the eradication of expenses like installing, maintaining and upgrading on-premises IT infrastructure, versus the operational cost of a SaaS subscription.

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Moreover, as your business grows and you need to add more users, rather than investing in additional in-house server capacity and software licenses, you simply adjust your monthly SaaS subscription as required.

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It was estimated that in 2010, the market would reach $24.65 billion.The global SaaS market size is expected to reach $138.3 billion by the year 2022.

Essentially, remote monitoring solutions put SME owners first. They eradicate once heavy responsibilities that can now be promptly completed through the click of a button on mobile or desktop devices. Through the power of remote monitoring, SME owners can find convenience through simplicity. 

David Prendergast is the Content Creation Manager at Vanderbilt International.