If you’ve come to believe there’s an app for everything, you may be right. For instance, app developers now have entered the realm of video surveillance technology for home and business security systems.
Many home and business owners who install a video surveillance system want the convenience and ease of viewing live video while away from the site. They want the ease of using a smartphone, tablet or personal computer to access the live video.
Internet-enabled access allows users to view video of a surveillance site from nearly anywhere in the world. These systems depend on reliable and secure internet connections to be most effective and available. Users simply type in the IP address of their network security camera on their internet browser. Remote security camera systems are compatible with a range of web browsers.
Remote monitoring also gives users more control for managing system settings and recording video from any place and at any time. Many remote monitoring systems enable users to view live video and to record video footage for later viewing and retention.
In addition to their internet-based systems, some remote mobile video surveillance manufacturers now offer complimentary mobile surveillance apps for smartphones and tablets. These apps are compatible with iPhones, iPads and Android devices and can allow users to view multiple cameras simultaneously. The technology can be configured to send text messages to a smartphone if the system detects activity such as motion, unit tampering or vandalism.
Mobile surveillance apps can control pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) settings to enable the user to change direction and zoom in and out to scan the area under surveillance. PTZ cameras can monitor larger areas than stationery cameras by offering a range of horizontal (pan) and vertical (tilt) movement settings.
Some consumers wonder if they should opt for a mobile security camera app alone instead of an overall remote mobile surveillance system. Although some of the benefits are the same for each, a mobile security camera app has some limitations. It requires a smartphone data plan and data usage costs could quickly add up. Also, connectivity may be lost at times when traveling in a smartphone carrier’s no coverage zones. However, many users rely increasingly on their smartphones for all internet access, so a mobile security camera app may be the right solution.
Malware has not yet become a major issue for mobile security systems, but experts warn mobile attacks are increasing both in number and potential impact. Many systems come with anti-malware software that should be kept up to date. Companies should incorporate cybersecurity protocols consistent with their overall security measures into their mobile and video surveillance technology practices.
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- “PTZ Camera Installation – Frequently Asked Questions,” Introduction to PTZ Cameras, Lorex Technology by FLIR website, undated. Available at: https://www.lorextechnology.com/self-serve/introduction-to-ptz-cameras/R-sc7600054