The new video surveillance bundle enables real time footage to be broadcast into the cloud where customers can then view live or recorded events remotely. Priced at $50 per month (plus a one-off $140 camera), the package also includes an unlimited ADSL2+ service.
Video recordings are stored in TPG’s cloud storage for 48 hours, which ensures content availability even in the event of equipment failure on the customer’s premises. Customers can also download the recorded events to their computer.
TPG’s Consumer General Manager, Craig Levy, highlighted some of the key differences between this video surveillance solution and other similar offerings in the market. “We don’t think there is another company in Australia offering a true cloud based video surveillance solution like ours.
“The surveillance camera pushes a live video feed into the cloud via a secure channel, enabling storage and YouTube-like viewing experience of live and past events which customers can access from virtually anywhere in the world with an Internet connection,” said Levy.
“Most other video surveillance solutions record and store the videos locally on the customers’ premises before they are uploaded intermittently to the Internet, typically via FTP. In order to view live streaming, customers have to access the camera remotely, opening a security hole in the customers’ network which can be vulnerable to attacks.”
TPG started developing this product from the ground up just over one year ago. The project has not been without its challenges, said Levy. “A typical ADSL connection has a relatively slow upload speed, which makes it difficult to haul decent real time video into the cloud. We have managed to achieve impressive video quality in full screen using only 256 Kbps of upload bandwidth.”