What archive type will suit me?

There are several variants of archive recording in Ivideon:

  1. Remote (cloud) archive: the archive is stored on our servers. Record cycle replace is used and the storage period of your records depends on the pricing plan. The records are made only when motion detector is triggered. Remote archive requires continuous Internet connection. You will be able to get access to the archive, even in case of your equipment damage or steal.
  2. Local archive: the archive is stored in a special folder on your hard disk drive (where Ivideon Server is installed) or on the SD-card of a camera with built-in Ivideon service. Record cycle replace is used, so when there is no more free space on your hard disk drive, the oldest records are deleted and replaced by the new ones. Cameras with built-in Ivideon service have an option to record the video only when motion detector is triggered. If Ivideon Server is in use, there are variants of archive recording: continuous, when detector is triggered and by schedule. You won't be able to get access to the archive, in case of your equipment damage or steal. Local archive recording requires no Internet connection.
  3. Simultaneous use of local and remote archives: in this case the records will be duplicated. The primary call will be to a remote archive, and in case it's inaccessible (no Internet connection for example) Ivideon will call to local archive.

Local archive settings do not affect those of remote archive: they're not interrelated. It means that if local archive recording is set to continuous or even disabled at all, remote archive will still be recorded when detector is triggered.

For remote archive the volume of data stored doesn't matter, 'cause the system of storing is different. While in local archive the data is overwritten when there is no more free space on a hard disk drive; in remote archive the records are stored according to their age. That means that the oldest records will be deleted and replaced by the newest ones. Still there is a limitation: if video stream from a camera is above 1 Mb/s, the video will require additional encoding. In this case for remote archive users we recommend setting up the bit rate up to no more than 1 Mb/s.