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What is a Video Management System (VMS)?

By combining software and hardware, a video management system (VMS) helps users automatically monitor events from any number of surveillance (CCTV) cameras, alarms, or sensors. VMS hardware can include cameras, encoders for analog camera systems, and servers for video processing and storage. VMS software monitors all the systems and provides an at-a-glance view alerting security to any potential risks, threats, events, or scheduled tasks.

Video Management System Functionality:

Motion Detection

  • Save data and storage by recording only when motion is detected or specific rules are triggered
  • Reduce data & IT infrastructure
  • Combine the streams from multiple digital video recorders (DVR)
  • Avoid siloed data, save on communication bandwidth and IT infrastructure by sharing video data across the organization

Audio Recording

  • Include audio recording as part of your security system or integrate 2-way intercom communication (works with integrated microphones & external devices)

I/O Devices

  • Alarms can trigger events locally like opening or closing gates
  • Events can trigger video recording or switch to higher quality video stream
  • Notifications can be automatically sent via email, call, or SMS

Pan Tilt & Zoom (PTZ) Cameras

  • VMS allows for remote control and monitoring of cameras allowing for monitoring of larger areas of interest
  • User input translates into real-time analog movement on the camera
  • Digital PTZ options available with wide-angle lenses and HD cameras

License Plate Detection

  • Automatically identify and capture details about the vehicles coming and going
  • Identify time, location, and even geolocate vehicles over multiple locations and time

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