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How to Choose The Right VMS for CCTV Camera Installation 

If you’re new to surveillance systems or are not completely familiar with the workings of a CCTV security camera, this is the blog for you. DOTCOM SOLUTION specializes in optimal VMS for your security cameras, whether you’re looking to upgrade or set up an entirely new control system.

What is VMS?

The acronym VMS stands for Video Management System. “It is the collective integration of various cameras, encoders, recording systems, storage infrastructure, client and employee workstations, gateway systems and analytics software, mainly by providing an efficient and singular interface for video surveillance infrastructure management.”

It should be noted that with the emergence of internet protocol (IP) cameras, CCTV camera systems require various components to provide efficient and effective security. They need to properly work in tandem with the VMS to provide better performance, crystal-clear HD image and video quality, and the overall optimal security that your firm deserves. 

Uses of  Video Management Systems (VMS)

  • Monitor your premises
  • Network other cameras and video sources such as dashcams
  • Make it easier to retrieve and review video recordings
  • Reduce risks of losses and lawsuits
  • Efficiently organize your monitoring needs and boost the image and operations of your company

Types of Video Management Systems 

There are primarily two types of VMS available. The more traditional and widely used option is the On-Premise VMS. However, with the constant advancement of video surveillance systems, many firms are transitioning towards cloud-based VMS.

Comparing both Video Management Systems

There are a number of criteria and features that you can use to come to the right decision while doing your research for the optimal VMS system. The most crucial factors are discussed below for both types of VMS.

On-Premise VMS


Mainly hosted within the organisation’s premises by installing the VMS software on specific servers and hardware owned by your firm. 

Data Storage

All picture and video data is stored locally on your firm’s servers which allows for verifiable access to data by the owners as well as optimal security and privacy, since the data remains within the building. 


With on-premise video management systems, your firm has autonomous control over your hardware, software, and data. Your firm will be responsible for all maintenance, updates, and security measures.


An on-premise VMS will require additional hardware, upgrades and IT resources to optimize the expansion of your system. 

Cloud-Based VMS


These VMS are managed by third party service providers in remote data centers. Your firm will be able to access the VMS on the internet through specific applications on your hardware. 

Data Storage

All images and videos are stored on the provider’s cloud, located across multiple servers for redundancy and reliability. It also allows for easier integration and flexible storage options without the need for on-premise hardware.  


Your firm will have primary control over user permissions, configurations, and data management within the cloud-based VMS. However, you will rely on the service provider for infrastructure maintenance, updates, and security measures. 


Cloud-based video management systems are incredibly more flexible than on-premise systems. Your firm can easily upscale or downscale your CCTV security camera system without any major hardware investments, especially for firms operating on a tight budget.

Choosing the Right Video Management System

With this knowledge in mind, DOTCOM SOLUTION will now assist you in assessing and analyzing the considerations you need to keep in mind when choosing the right VMS for your CCTV camera system, whether indoor or outdoor.

Realizing the Integrity of the VMS

Firstly, it is important to understand that it is not necessary to uproot your entire CCTV camera system in case of an upgrade or replacement. Even if your firm is in the process of upscaling from analogue to internet protocol (IP) cameras, the existing cables and wirings can be reused, saving costs and allowing you to choose the best VMS for your IP cameras. 

You should realise the importance of the VMS in an IP camera as it functions as the ‘heavy lifter’ by managing the cameras. It integrates all video surveillance hardware, provides live 24/7 video feeds, while also recording and storing clips and images. 

An efficient VMS should be chosen considering your firm’s future needs. The ever-evolving state of technological advancement always leaves room for innovation; therefore, choosing a futuristic and compatible VMS should be a priority to reduce costs in the long-run. 

How Secure is your VMS?

Cybersecurity is an important consideration when choosing a video surveillance system. Unencrypted communications between the firm and a client, out of date firmware, poorly secured cameras are just a few of the possible ramifications that can be exploited by cybercriminals. This will not only result in asset and client losses but may also open up your firm to lawsuits. 

It is critical to install a VMS that employs secure strategies to protect your firm from physical and cyber threats with a multi-layered defense including encryption, multi-factor authentication and authorization. 

How Private is your VMS? 

Recording and monitoring people in public is addressed in the UK’s legislature due to collection and retention of sensitive data; A VMS should allow the users to address this responsibility while offering privacy protection certified by the European Privacy Seal and enable customers to comply with local and global privacy regulations. 

In summary, an efficient and effective VMS is one that protects your firm both in the short and the long-run; reducing costs as well as providing optimal security. 

DOTCOM SOLUTION is available day in and out to make this world a safer place. Wait no more to draw on our exclusive offers and packages. Call us today and get a quote for your desired security system. 


How Do I Know that it’s Time to Upgrade to a VMS From the Traditional CCTV Camera System?

If you are paying a lot in maintenance costs, are planning to expand your business to multiple sites or require human video analytics for everyday monitoring, it’s desirable to switch to a VMS.

Are VMSs Compatible With Other Surveillance Devices?

Totally! In fact they also function feasible in collaboration with third-party software and devices.

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