Our application has always enabled the storage of CCTV survey information in many different formats. In fact we created a web based storage system many years ago.
Our system very simply uses the survey data to create an online browser based report with photos and video files. The drainage contractor can then send this information to their client – the client can then save this to their cloud space and view the report, images and video footage. A Viewline user could also save the report and videos to their server space and enable client access by invite only.
We followed this route for ease of access, economic and security reasons. These days cloud storage is cheap, users of Office 365 Business Essentials (which costs £37.20 per year) get a free 1 TB of cloud storage space. That’s 1,000 gigabytes or a million megabytes securely backed up. Google provide a similar service, even providing 15 GB free with a Gmail account. Online storage space is very reasonable and will only become cheaper and cheaper and, in a lot of cases, free.
Considerations should also be made concerning online storage security. It might be a better option to consider saving your data in house or on your own server. This gives you complete control and belays any concerns about the security of third party storage of data that essentially belongs to you and your client. It’s pretty safe to say Google and Microsoft and Apple have secure systems that are backed up and mirrored. It’s unlikely they are going out of business soon. After that you need to choose your data storage provider very carefully.
The Microsoft Office 365 option is especially useful because as well as a thousand gigabytes of free storage, you also get Word and Excel. Familiar applications to all Windows users and also formats that Viewline exports to. As well as a PDF and Web reports, Viewline also produces Word document reports and Excel spreadsheet reports. Once the data has been entered, live on site or within the office, all the work has been done. Then we use the data to produce a PDF or Word or Excel report, as well as a Web report, these can be sent to the client from site, saved locally and remotely at the same time. Viewable to your client on their server as well as backed up securely on your local system and your cloud storage.
From site to server simply.