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Secured by design accolade for cloud-based video surveillance

Cloudview : 25 September, 2014  (New Product)
The Cloudview scalable surveillance platform has been awarded the "Police Preferred Specification" status for its high security and evidential standards
Secured by design accolade for cloud-based video surveillance

Cloudview has become the first vendor to gain prestigious Police Preferred Specification status for a cloud-based video surveillance solution, an award conferred by Secured by Design, the official UK Police flagship supporting the principles of 'designing out crime’.

To gain this accreditation, Cloudview was required to pass a series of tests to ensure compliance with a strict set of security and evidential standards, as specified by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).

Cloudview passed with flying colours, not least because of its ability to work with an original video feed, supplied direct from the camera, rather than a copy of recorded data. Vital in maintaining evidential integrity, the camera feed is then immediately transported off-site via an encrypted link by a Cloudview VNA (Visual Network Adapter) attached to each camera. Stored in secure data centres that use military grade perimeter control beams, video surveillance, and professional security staff in order to remain physically secure, footage is further encrypted by Cloudview and, optionally, cryptographically hashed to make it virtually impossible to tamper with.

All these steps lead to a uniquely enhanced security solution that, thanks to its Secured by Design award, can be trusted by customers to deliver quality video evidence able to meet the evidential standards of UK courts.

On hearing of the award, James Wickes, CEO of Cloudview commented: “We are delighted to be awarded this status. Crime and the fear of crime have a significant impact upon on us all and recognition by Secured By Design reaffirms our belief that VSaaS and Cloudview, in particular, is the only practical option for enhancing local recording solutions by storing CCTV footage offsite without affecting its evidential integrity.”

The Secured by Design assessors were also impressed by the ability to add Cloudview to existing analogue and digital IP surveillance systems with each camera individually connected to the cloud to provide a high level of resilience against vandalism. Moreover, Cloudview is able to deliver offsite storage alongside existing to local recording facilities which is increasingly significant as it becomes common practice to destroy or remove local video recording equipment when crimes are committed.

Another advantage is the ability to share Cloudview footage with interested parties and the police. It can also be integrated into other alarm and access control systems and Cloudview itself will be announcing a major integration project shortly to accelerate reporting and contribute further to crime prevention initiatives.

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