What are the Advantages of Cloud Surveillance over Traditional Video Solutions?

December 23rd, 2022

Cybersecurity threats remain a growing concern for business owners. According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Report, 88% of small business owners said they have experienced cybersecurity breaches to their business and were unsure of their ability to safeguard themselves from security risks in the future. In this blog post, we’ll examine three advantages of cloud surveillance compared to on-premise video security systems, and how it can allow you to mitigate your security challenges head-on.

Cloud VS Provides Greater Cybersecurity Protection 

With a traditional system, enabling remote access can be done by using a VPN but comes with its own set of challenges and limitations. For example, every time you open a port, your network may become vulnerable to cybersecurity threats, such as unwanted user access and malware infection. Additionally, VPNs can be slow to connect, hard to deploy, and may not meet the compliance requirements of certain industries.

With Alibi Cloud VS, it’s easier than ever to stay secure. Unlike on-premise systems that are vulnerable to cybersecurity risks caused by open ports, the Alibi Witness app creates a temporary open port for remote access. There’s no need to worry about manually disabling it – we’ll automatically do it for you as soon as you close out of the app. Because your data is sent directly to our tier-4 data center, there are no firewalls to deal with, ports to open, or cybersecurity vulnerabilities to worry about. At both the camera and the server level, your network is protected with automatically generated updates to ensure your system remains protected and secure.

Cloud VS Reduces Ongoing Costs & Hidden Fees 

Traditional security systems require ongoing upkeep. For many business owners, the ongoing maintenance combined with unexpected hidden fees quickly becomes a burden, from both a cost and resource perspective.

For example, If your hard drive unexpectedly goes out, you’ll have to outsource the diagnosis and repair to a specialist. If a specialist can’t come out to your office right away, and your system is down for hours or days, this could lead to a costly liability issue if someone slips and falls, and you’re unable to disprove their claim. It also leaves you open to a compliance violation. Specific industries like the cannabis industry require you to provide continuous recording or risk being fined.   

Alibi Cloud VS removes this entire risk without any hidden costs. Unlike the challenges that come with on-premise systems, your video data streams directly to the cloud and is stored in our ultra-secure tier-4 off-site data center, featuring triple redundancy. Whether data back-up is required by law for your application, or solely for risk-mitigation, Alibi Cloud VS offers business owners a way to dramatically reduce your resources and cost needed to have a secure back-up of your video evidence.

Cloud VS Provides On-Demand Scalability 

From a scalability perspective, an on-premise system becomes more costly than ever to manage over time. Even though it provided an appropriate level of security at the time of purchase, you’ll eventually require more storage, data redundancy, and remote accessibility than it can offer. If your business grows from a single location to multi-site or from a brick-and-mortar to a franchise, you’ll need to deploy additional cameras and recorders to handle the security needs required for each location. For most business owners, scaling up is inevitable – but with an on-premise system, it will also be costly.

Alibi Cloud VS eliminates virtually all of these costs, providing a convenient way to stay secure with ‘on-demand scalability.’ Because Alibi Cloud VS is stored off-site, adding more cameras to additional locations is simple. There aren’t any recorders or servers to add as you’d find with a traditional system. All you have to do is add more cameras, so you’re only paying for what you need. View up to 25 cameras at a time from a centralized interface, and scale up with unlimited users and storage. It’s never been easier or more affordable to have a fully scalable, security system in place.

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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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