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Video Surveillance App Cost Estimate

What is a video surveillance app?

A video surveillance application is a web, mobile, or desktop application that records and monitors objects in real-time. This type of app frequently includes features for viewing multiple cameras simultaneously, detecting motion in the recorded images, and sending alerts to users when motion is detected. While video surveillance apps differ from security alarm apps, both are used to monitor activity within a secure perimeter. Video surveillance apps often include features such as real-time monitoring, motion detection, and remote access that are also common in other home automation apps. Popular video surveillance apps include the Nest Cam Indoor Security Camera and Dropcam. Examples of video surveillance apps built with Crowdbotics:

What is the typical cost to build a video surveillance app?

A video surveillance app usually costs about $37,500 to build. However, the total cost can be as low as $25,000 or as high as $50,000. A video surveillance app with a low number of features (also known as a minimum viable product, or MVP) will be more affordable than an app that includes all intended functionality. For example, here are some previous video surveillance app price quotes from Crowdbotics:

How long does it take to build a video surveillance app?

A video surveillance app usually takes 333 hours to build. However, a video surveillance app can be built in as few as 333 hours, or in as many as 333 hours. The exact timeline mostly depends on how complicated your specific app is. As a general rule, it will take longer if you require highly custom designs, niche features, complex logic, or non-standard release platforms. For example, some previous video surveillance apps build with Crowdbotics received the following hourly estimates:

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How to successfully grow your video surveillance application

A video surveillance app is usually installed on a physical camera or CCTV device that records videos. As with any other app, the goal of a video surveillance app is to increase the number of users. The main strategy for increasing user base is to attract new users by making it simple for them to view live and recorded videos on their mobile devices and allowing them to access all the features of the product. Another way to increase user base is by incentivizing customers who refer new customers with free subscriptions or free storage upgrades.

Risks and challenges of building a video surveillance application

Video surveillance apps face potential legal liabilities related to the collection and storage of user data, the recording of sensitive information like PINs and passwords, and the recording of content that may violate third-party ownership rights. It is recommended that video surveillance apps verify user identity before granting access to sensitive recordings. You will also want to operationalize your app’s privacy policy (explaining how you collect, use, and store users’ data) and terms of service (explaining your intellectual property claims).