MVaaS is used to address the challenges of managing distributed video systems across multiple locations to reduce the user’s burden of software maintenance, ongoing operation, and support. This scalability and limited management requirement limits the strain on the IT organization and network and lowers the barrier to entry for video driven value added service.
How is this accomplished, you ask?
3 Core Components to the Systems:
1. An Envysion EnVR in each location
a. Records the footage that will be made available via the cloud to users
b. Uses intelligent bandwidth throttling to be network traffic friendly
2. Camera and/or microphone equipment
a. Often, existing compatible equipment can be used
b. New equipment can be purchased through Envysion
c. Bundled programs can cover all equipment in one monthly fee
3. Integrated data source
a. Your point of sale system
The systems are centralized (single login for all locations), secure, run through the cloud, and employ simple technology that will retrieve what you want to see quickly.
Video is not a proactive tool simply because of the shear amount of data you get from it. For every five sites operating ten hours a day with five cameras, a full work year of footage is generated each week. A work year’s worth of video is impossible to review in a week, so the goal is to take your data and extract what is useful. A week or a month’s worth of data can be distilled down, and organized in a way that will fit even the tightest team’s schedule.
This week we will explore how the system works and what tools are available to help you make the most of your data.
You can’t be everywhere and neither can your managers. Locations are spread out and attention gets pulled in different directions. It can be difficult to figure out what top stores are doing to be successful and what the others are missing. Even when we think we know the special sauce it can be frustrating to infuse those practices into the other locations.
A staggering number of new applications are coming from technology that put intelligent eyes and ears to work for wireless retail operators. The system observes all transactions and you can tell it what to keep an eye out for. It works every hour you are open in every location for far less money than an entry-level employee. Think of this tool as an assistant manager with a flawless memory that knows every invoice and every conversation going back thirty, sixty, or even ninety plus days. It sees trends and sheds valuable light on exactly what should be done next.
The new technology falls into an emerging and rapidly growing segment known as MVaaS, or managed video as a service. While having cameras or even microphones is nothing new, these new offerings are turning what was once cumbersome, and used primarily as an insurance policy for incident follow-up, into a powerful business tool. The idea is simple: capture footage through cameras and microphones and tie it to a data source, say the point of sale system, so operators can reduce hours and hours of tape into the minutes of relevant footage that will answer the questions they have.