How Do Cloud Solutions Address Compliance Regulations?

May 28th, 2020

Ensuring you comply with state industry and state-mandated standards can be a complicated process, especially as video security requirements change over time. In this blog post, we dive into several compliance challenges business owners face, and how cloud surveillance addresses compliance with a simple, streamlined solution. 

Cloud VS: Flexible Storage for a Growing Business  

Video security is a vital part of your business to secure property, inventory, employees, and distribution.  For some industries, like the cannabis industry, compliance requirements can be rigid. Depending on the state you reside in, video security requirements can include:

  •       Licensed micro-business owners and retailers must record in each point-of-sale location and security rooms.
  •       Be able to effectively and clearly record images of the area under surveillance
  •       Storage of video recordings shall be kept for a minimum of 40 calendar days – some states require up to 90 days.
  •       The physical media or storage device on which surveillance recordings are stored shall be secured in a manner to protect the recording from tampering or theft.
  •       Surveillance recordings are subject to inspection by the Bureau and should be kept in a manner that allows the Bureau to view and obtain copies of the recordings at the licensed premises immediately upon request.

Failing to comply with state-mandated storage can result in the surrendering of licenses, prison time, or expulsion from the industry altogether. For example, in California, violating compliance regulations can cost as much as $5,000 in fines – which is four times as much as the license itself! 

 Whether you have a single-site small business and want to protect yourself from being able to pull video footage if audited, or if you own a multi-location franchise and need to ensure your business stays compliant amongst frequently changing laws, cloud surveillance becomes an easy, natural fit. Unlike a traditional system that streams data directly from your site, Alibi Cloud VS provides unlimited users with data that’s pulled directly from our ultra-secure, off-site tier-4 data center.

Compared to a traditional system that requires you to add a recorder in every location, Cloud VS stores, and securing your data evidence off-site, providing unlimited users and con-current streaming from a centralized location. Cloud VS removes the burden and complexity of accessibility challenges, with a more secure solution!

Cloud VS: Scalability at the Click of the Mouse

Some industries have special considerations to adhere to when it comes to video security, like the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) financial institutions and retail. Over time, adding more locations, increasing your staff, and/or broadening your service offerings requires a scalable solution to keep up with ever-changing compliance laws.

Cloud VS provides business owners with a simple and scalable way to future proof their business – providing the ability to increase the number of cameras, amount of storage, and customize users on demand.  Because Alibi Cloud VS is stored off-site, adding more cameras to additional locations is simple. There aren’t any recorders or servers to manage as you’d find with a traditional system. All you have to do is add the number of cameras you’d like, increase or decrease your retention, choose from flexible storage offerings, and set permissions for unlimited users. Cloud VS provides a secure approach to compliance, that adapts to compliance regulations and the growth of your business.

About Alibi Cloud VS

Alibi Cloud VS is a powerful and cost-effective way to secure your business. Ideal for small and medium-sized businesses, the Alibi Cloud offers 24/7 surveillance, remote accessibility, and unlimited cameras, users, and locations for an entirely scalable and streamlined solution.

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"I have known Tim for over 10 years. To date, Time with Crime Free Living has installed two separate surveillance systems for my company. With each system, Tim has listened to my needs and custom dsigned surveillance systems for my specific needs and within my budget. The equipment used is always state of the art, the workmanship is top notch, and Tim is the example of trustworthy. I would recommend him for any job."

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With 16 years of experience in law enforcement, Tim Truby, CEO, is fully certified in video surveillance and training.

  • Certified Advanced Crime Prevention Specialist
  • Academy Instructor Certification
  • California POST Certification in Specialized Surveillance Equipment
  • California POST Certification in Basic Crime Prevention
    • Advanced Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
    • Certified Alibi Security Dealer
    • Enhanced Risk and Threat Assessment (FEMA)
    • Incident Command System (100 & 200)
    • Certified Cognitech Video Forensic Investigator
    • Neighborhood Watch Toolkit Trainer
    • Computer Crimes/Investigations
    • Domestic Crisis for Crisis Negotiators