How Does Cloud Surveillance Lower Total Cost of Ownership?

December 5th, 2022

Security systems are a large capital expense for any business, but the operational, ongoing management, and overall maintenance costs of securing your data may amount to more than you bargained for. In this blog post, we’ll dive into how Alibi Cloud VS can dramatically lower your organization’s total cost of ownership with one streamlined solution.

Cloud VS Benefit #1: Reduces Maintenance Costs

From powering your on-site servers to staying on top of system updates, security systems require significant operational costs. Many times, users purchase an on-premise system and think they can ‘set it and forget it’. What they don’t realize is their security system requires ongoing, operational maintenance to perform at its best. These costs include:

  • Hardware – onsite cameras, network, and networking hardware
  • Firmware updates
  • Securing space for servers
  • Staffing or outsourcing IT
  • Continuous servicing of your recorder and/or hard drives
  • Business costs associated with system failure downtime

Unlike a traditional system that requires you to allocate the time, money, and resources for maintenance, Alibi Cloud VS solutions provide continuous operational upkeep for you. Because your data is managed in an off-site data center, there are no on-site recording devices to manage or firmware updates to maintain. Cloud VS dramatically reduces your up-front and operational costs from start to finish.

Cloud VS Benefit #2: Lowers Management Fees

Ongoing management fees are another costly disadvantage of a traditional system. These fees include:

  • System configuration
  • Router configuration
  • Operating system backup
  • OS security patches
  • Server equipment refreshes
  • Video backup
  • Multi-site integration
  • Cybersecurity expertise/support

There are also indirect costs to consider—like the training, support, and knowledge of surveillance experts—to make sure it continues to perform at its best.

Alibi Cloud VS solutions include end-to-end management of your recording and storage technology, all managed for you in the cloud. Additionally, you’ll have access to our U.S. based support team who collectively has more than 100 years of experience in the security industry. Eliminating these management requirements will provide you with more time to focus on running your business – while reducing your total cost of ownership.

Cloud VS Benefit #3: Provides On-Demand Scalability

Purchasing a traditional security system requires you to decide upfront the number of cameras, camera resolution, and storage needed to support your video surveillance. Over time, your needs will change, potentially requiring you to add recorders, hard drives and/or servers to your on-premise solution. This will result in significant cost and complexity of managing your surveillance solution.

Alibi Cloud VS features ‘on-demand scalability’. As your security needs change and your business grows, Alibi Cloud VS allows you to add unlimited cameras to one or multiple locations, and add or remove storage. With Alibi Cloud VS, you’re only paying for what you need. It’s never been easier and more affordable to have a fully scalable, security system in place.

Cloud VS Benefit #4: Offers Triple Redundancy

Another significant cost associated with any security system is maintaining redundancy of your data evidence. Back up of your evidence is important to have in the case of catastrophic or power outage failures, and to prevent data loss. Without proper precautions, data loss may cause compliance violations, liability vulnerabilities, and/or security threats.

Unlike many traditional on-premise solutions (which don’t offer redundancy capabilities), Alibi Cloud VS offers data redundancy as a standard feature and is included in your subscription. Secured in our tier-4 off-site data center, your video surveillance is backed up with triple redundancy – ensuring your data is never lost.

Whether you need a more affordable way to manage, maintain or improve your existing security system, Alibi Cloud VS provides you with a streamlined and cost-effective solution to lower your total cost of ownership.

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 a perfectly scalable and streamlined solution.

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What Our Customers Say

"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

images Certifications & Training

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