How Does Cloud Video Surveillance Enhance Security

December 17th, 2002

On-premise security systems may not be going away anytime soon, but the cloud is here to stay. So, which one offers greater security? In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the main benefits of cloud surveillance, including data protection, storage, and cybersecurity—and how it can offer your business a more streamlined, secure solution.

Cloud VS Benefit #1: Off-Premise Security

Today’s security climate is more complicated and involved than ever. At a minimum, users of an on-premise system must protect their network with:

  • Deploying and maintaining a firewall
  • Anti-virus/anti-malware software
  • Disaster recovery plan
  • IT team to manage the system

Instead of using on-premise equipment, Alibi Cloud VS stores all of your data in an ultra-secure T4 off-site data center. Unlike security systems that require you to monitor your system’s health with firmware updates and continuous servicing of your hardware, Alibi Cloud VS automatically handles it all for you in the cloud, dramatically reducing security maintenance costs.

Cloud VS Benefit #2: Storage and Redundancy

Most traditional security solutions require an IT to team set up and maintain a RAID storage array to back-up your mission-critical video evidence. Without taking the proper precautions, data loss may lead to security threats, compliance violations, and liability vulnerabilities.

Alibi Cloud VS provides users with seamless, cloud-based storage featuring the same level of protection major financial institutions use to store your banking information. Whether data back-up is required by law, or solely for risk-mitigation, Alibi Cloud VS provides you with the ultimate peace of mind – and dramatically mitigates security challenges typically found on on-premise systems. With Cloud VS, you always have a secure back-up of video evidence, including the ability to increase or decrease storage on-demand.

Cloud VS Benefit #3: Cyber Security and Remote Access

Cybersecurity poses a double threat to traditional systems, both in terms of the security system itself and the rest of the network. One of its most considerable security risks is open ports. With on-premise systems, there are two remote accessibility options: port forwarding or a VPN.

Port-forwarding (allowing users to connect from their computer to a local private network) is not inherently dangerous but does make it significantly easier for someone to enter the network. How risky it becomes is dependent on several factors, including how protected the router’s firewall is and whether the port has been manually disabled or remained open. A VPN is a more secure option but causes delayed access due to slow, remote connectivity.

Alibi Cloud VS provides users with 24/7 cybersecurity management. Unlike on-premise systems that can remain vulnerable due to open ports, the Alibi Witness app creates a temporary open port for remote access. Don’t worry about manually disabling it – just close out of the app, and it’s automatically

disabled for you. Additionally, Cloud VS also protects your data with multi-level encryption during transmission and at its time of rest on our servers—offering an extra layer of security.

About Alibi Cloud VS

Alibi Cloud VS is a powerful and cost-effective way to secure your business by providing worry-free, cloud-based security solutions. 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 had the Alibi system installed several years ago. It has functioned flawlessly. The image quality is exellent both night and day and in all weather conditions. I particularly like the replay (which can be set at various speeds) and zoom functions of the system. Tech support from Crimefreeliving has been excellent. I have received quick responses to questions, and timely home visits — as when I changed IP carriers and my Alibi system needed to be reset. I have recommended Crimefreeliving to several friends."


"As a small business owner here in Chico we definitely saw the need for video surveillance. After expressing our needs and concerns Tim did an excellent job getting us set up with the set up with the appropriate equipment. He really took the time to address our concerns in a very friendly, professional and knowledgeable manner. I highly recommend Tim for all of your business and residential video surveillance needs."

Ron H., Owner/Auto Doctor

"I have to say I love having my security cameras at my home. Tim Truby did a wonderful job of installing the five cameras. He is very neat and cleaned everything up after the installation. He explained to me how to operate the monitor, my phone and IPad. However, I have had to call Tim because I'm not tech savvy and forget what he has told me. He usually just helps me over the phone and then all is well. I'm 80 years old and enjoy the comfort of knowing I have these security cameras."


"Tim Truby designed and installed a 32 camera system for us here at the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District. We had received several other quotes from security system vendors, but Tim’s quote was the least expensive. Tim also installed the system quickly and has always been available when we needed him. We are very happy with our security camera system and we can highly recommend Tim Truby for all of your surveillance system needs."

D. Weseman, Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District

Crime Free Living updated our old video system with a new 16 Channel HD Alibi Video Security System. The old system had been added onto by different installers which resulted in a cabling mess. There were cables that worked and cables that went nowhere. It was a mess. Tim sorted it all out and installed cameras that are very clear. He also installed a monitor for our cashiers to watch hidden areas, a monitor to watch the entry door, and a monitor that allows employees to watch the outside parking and gas pump area. All work was done on time and very professional! Will always recommend Tim and Crime Free Living.

S. AM PM Chico Arco Station

"I had Tim install an Alibi Video Security System at my residence and a couple business locations. The remote view option is invaluable to absentee owners or anyone who travels a lot. The clarity and quality of the cameras have allowed for viewing employee theft. The evidence provided from the HD video cameras was fantastic! Tim was professional and provided extra value from his law enforcement background."

J. Folsom Arco Station

"Tim, I want to thank you again for doing such a fantastic job on installing a wireless IP security camera system at our dream home. The extra time that you took to hide wires, and install a clean, professional system is much appreciated. I still can’t believe the clarity, quality, and ease of use of this new system. I wished that I would have met you before our original inferior system was installed by another company. Now, whether I am at home, or monitoring the system from around the world, I know that my home and family are safe and sound."

John M.

"In April of 2017, my husband and I made a phone call to Crime Free Living that turned out to be a smart and wise decision. Amazingly, in just a few hours, Tim installed four Dome Security Cameras, weatherproof enclosures, and hooked up into our home a 23" Full HD Widescreen Security Monitor. Even more than his professional expertise was the time spent with us in making sure that this system was working correctly and properly installed on our phones so that anywhere in our travels we can monitor our new home in Magalia."

Tieka and Don S.

"I have been using Crime Free Living for the last couple years ar work and at home and I really recommend this product. Tim is a very good service provider. If he can't figure it out, he's got good tech support with the system that he offers."

Gary D.

"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."

Steve D., Down Range Indoor Training Center

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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