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Using Linux ZoneMinder For Video Surveillance

Jan 11, 2011, 20:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Geier)

"If you're looking to setup video surveillance, Linux can help! ZoneMinder is the most popular open source video surveillance server. It runs on any Linux distribution and supports USB and network cameras. Remote pan/tilt/zoom controls are even supported. It features a web-based GUI and mobile phone access for configuring, viewing, and replaying video feeds. It supports multiple users and user access levels, along with several different languages.

"ZoneMinder is built with C++, Perl and PHP. It makes use of MySQL databases and its GUI is served via Apache. It is highly configurable to maximum performance on any hardware.

"ZoneMinder supports live video in MPEG video, multi-part JPEG, and stills formats. You can define multiple zones or regions of interest for each video feed, giving them a different detection sensitivity. Events can be defined by your desired characteristics. Then event notifications with attached images, or video can be sent by email or SMS and archived by an FTP upload. Bi-directional support for the home automation protocol X.10 is included, which can control motion detection capture."

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