The Risk of Vendor-Locked Cloud Cameras
Cloud-based cameras that are tied to a specific vendor become a risky investment if the vendor changes its policies or goes out of business. Many of these cameras lack support for Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF), a standard that allows for the integration of IP-based security products. Without ONVIF support, these cameras cannot easily be repurposed, making them virtually useless if the vendor ceases to provide service.
While the choices for Video Surveillance Software and hardware seem endless, consumers must approach this technology with caution and knowledge. Considerations should include not only upfront costs and features but also the longer-term implications such as vendor lock-in, legal constraints, and maintenance. An informed decision will save you money, time, and potential legal headaches down the line.