Why Are Cloud Video Solutions Preferred For Retail Applications?

May 30th, 2020

Now, more than ever before, retail organizations must have an effective video security system in place to protect retailers against theft, liability claims, and inventory management. In this blog post, we explore three ways a cloud video solution is ideally suited for retail applications – and how simple it is to deploy. 

Cloud VS Offers Enhanced Security 

As a retailer, if you process, store, or transmit credit card information, you must be PCI compliant. To ensure your data remains secure and that you stay PCI compliant, you need to either use a VPN service or move to a secure cloud platform.

While many corporate businesses have the budget, resources, and infrastructure to deploy a VPN service, this isn’t the case for the majority of small and medium-sized companies. The average small business owner might not even have an IT professional on staff to ensure you stay compliant. This can result in steep fines. In some cases, you might not even realize you’re in violation!

By deploying a camera-to-cloud solution, you eliminate the risk of malicious attacks from the get-go. Because data transmissions are outbound only and fully encrypted, this eliminates the risk of unauthorized users getting into your network.  Unlike on-premise systems that can remain vulnerable due to open ports, the Alibi Witness app creates a temporary open port for remote access. From the time of your camera install, Cloud VS makes it simple for your retail establishment to stay secure. 

Cloud VS Solves Video Evidence Retention Challenges 

One of the greatest risks to retailers is data loss. Although an on-site recorder offers the benefit of a hands-on security system, it also causes greater vulnerability when it comes to your video evidence.  Because your data is stored on-site, there’s numerous factors that can result in it being tampered with. Just one disgruntled employee or break-in can result in a damaged or destroyed recorder, or your hardware malfunctioning – resulting in serious down-time while it gets replaced. From a security, liability and compliance perspective, the replacement of hardware, labor costs, and lost time can result in both a short-term loss and long-term expense. 

Alibi Cloud VS removes all the risks and vulnerabilities that come with an on-premise security system by providing a powerful off-premise solution for your video evidence. Once your cameras are installed, your data is transmitted to a tier-4 off-site data center, offering the same level of protection major financial institutions use to store your banking information.

Whether you want an extra layer of protection from falsely claimed slip-and-falls on your property, or for inventory management purposes, Alibi Cloud VS offers retailers ultimate peace of mind – eliminating retailers’ greatest security challenges.  With Cloud VS, you always have a secure back-up of video evidence, including the ability to increase the amount of storage, users and cameras you need. 

About Alibi Security 

Alibi Cloud VS provides more than just a video security solution. With advanced analytics, secure off-premise storage, and scalable retention, it’s the ideal security solution for the retail industry. 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