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Which Arcules Cloud CCTV subscription is right for you?

In a recent market study, we discovered that many organisations are planning to move their CCTV systems into the cloud. With such a prominent shift in attitudes towards Cloud CCTV, it’s important for businesses to consider how they can implement an efficient and cost-effective cloud-based solution.

Compatible with over 3,000 IP camera models – Arcules’ smart platform supports video resolutions from 4CIF right up to 4K UHD, as well as frame rates of up to 25 frames per second. Users can also add an unlimited number of camera channels to their account, meaning your system can be scaled as needed.

Essentially, the Arcules Cloud CCTV platform provides users with a unified, intuitive interface that can help organisations to work smarter and save on maintenance costs.

In this post, we’ll discuss the various subscription packages that Arcules offers and challenge existing ‘norms’ around cloud storage to help you decide which subscription is the best fit for your business.

Data costs money – what should I consider?

It costs money to store data on a cloud provider’s servers, and the more data you need to store, the more your subscription will cost. So, before investing in a cloud subscription with Arcules, the biggest question any would-be cloud user needs to ask themselves is this: ‘how much data do I really need?’

There are several factors that contribute to the amount of data your IP CCTV system generates such as resolution, frame rate and compression method. However, there are four main aspects to consider with regards to an Arcules subscription. The first is resolution – based on the level of detail you require. Then you need to consider your retention time by thinking about your operational efficiency. Finally, you should consider your network capacity and your budget, as illustrated below:


Managing video data is more complex than typical data flowing through corporate computer networks. It requires much more bandwidth and storage resources; the higher the resolution of your video, the more data it creates and so more storage capacity is required. As such, one of the factors Arcules charge against is video resolution. It’s therefore important to carefully consider what resolution you really need.

In many cases, HD 720p resolution will provide enough detail for the level of surveillance required. For example, if you’re monitoring small reception areas this resolution will likely provide enough detail for simple identification of persons or objects for effective surveillance.

Of course, there are instances where high-resolution video is a necessity, such as in high-end jewellers where recognition of a person would be more vital to investigations. However, by properly considering how much detail you truly need, you can start to manage the efficiency of your solution.

Retention time

Another key area to consider when subscribing to a cloud CCTV service is your video storage and retention policy.

Many cloud providers, Arcules included, set pricing based on how long users wish data to be stored on their servers. This means that the longer a retention period you require, the more you’ll pay for your subscription.

Traditionally, companies follow a 30-day retention policy – a remnant from the days of magnetic tape-based recording, when daily tape rotation regimes were employed for ease of management. Nowadays, this isn’t as practical.

As we’ve discussed, video surveillance generates massive amounts of data and storing this for long periods of time is often an unnecessary use of resources. Typically, events of interest are identified within a few days and the video data associated with these events can be secured swiftly.

Users have the option of exporting footage and saving it locally so that it won’t be deleted after the specified retention time. This could be ideal for smaller businesses working with a limited budget; enabling them to save footage of incidents in case a claim is made in the future – without having to pay for a longer retention period. With this in mind, there’s often no operational need to keep recorded footage beyond 7 days.

There may be situations where a slightly longer retention time is beneficial, however considering your operational efficiency realistically could help you to reduce the cost of your cloud subscription and improve the speed with which personnel respond to detected incidents.

Choosing the right subscription

With an Arcules subscription, you’re charged based on the resolution of video and how long you store data for. This means that subscription packages are based on resolution and retention time. We offer a variety of subscriptions; ranging from HD 720p with a 3-day retention period, through to HD 1080p with a 30-day retention time.

The key factors to consider in choosing your subscription are your budget, network capacity, your operational efficiency and the level of detail you require.

Reap the benefits of Cloud CCTV

Cloud CCTV offers a range of business and technical benefits to users. From providing instant access to important data from anywhere, to greater scalability and more effective compliance.

By carefully considering your subscription based on your resolution and retention requirements, you can effectively control the amount of data you generate. This can allow you to create a cloud-based solution that is both efficient and cost-effective.

If you’d like to discuss the options available with an Arcules Cloud CCTV subscription further, or would simply like some more information, you  can give us a call on 0151 633 2111 or contact us online.

Published on December 21st, 2020 by Kelly McNee

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