Comcast Launches New 24-Hour Video Surveillance Service

Comcast Launches SmartOffice Video Surveillance Service
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* 720p HD cameras include night vision, motion detectors and a 20x zoom
* Recordings are stored in the cloud
* Footage can be accessed remotely

Employees who are still salty over having Reddit blocked at work are about to get a whole lot angrier over Comcast’s new SmartOffice video surveillance system. The cloud-based service is intended for small and medium-sized businesses and includes night vision, motion detector sensors and an impressive 20x zoom view.

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The system records, stores and gives users instant access to essentially everything that’s going on in and around the office. Footage can be stored for 30 days in the cloud, with up to four employees having access to the data. In addition, footage can also be accessed anywhere via computers, tablets or phones through the SmartOffice mobile app.

Christian Nascimento, a Comcast spokesperson, believes this will help the telecom company gain a stronger footing in the growing IoT marketplace. “This new service aligns well with our high-capacity internet and Ethernet offerings and allow SMBs [small business owners] to use the cloud for easy access to, and sharing of, video footage,” Nascimento says.

And that’s where things start to get a little iffy. Cloud-based storage isn’t all that safe, and Comcast isn’t necessarily known for having tight security.

The service is slowly being rolled out to certain markets but will soon be available wherever Comcast is. While it’s still too early to make a judgment call, time will tell if this proves to be a huge benefit to office productivity and safety, or a torrential privacy disaster waiting to happen.