Camera Design Tool with Google Maps Integration

Author: John Honovich, Published on Mar 15, 2010

The new IPVM Google Maps Camera Calculator empowers surveillance professionals to plan and design systems like never before.

Whatever project you are working on, enter the address and start mapping out cameras. This video overviews what the calculator does:

Add Cameras

Start by clicking on the 'add cameras' button which will drop a camera on the map, like so:

Street View Displayed

Plus, it will display the street view of that exact spot if Google has it captured, as shown below:

Auto Updating Street View

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Move the cameras around and the IPVM calculator will automatically find the new related street view, like so:

Pixel Density Calculated

The IPVM calculator also automatically calculates the PPF / PPM of the camera, factoring in its current FoV, distance and camera setting, as shown in the lower right-hand corner:

Try It Now

Try the IPVM Google Maps Camera Calculator now.


Pelco has released a free camera design tool with Google Earth integration. The tool is in beta and has no where near as many functionalities as JVSG's CCTV design software. However, we found the tool to:

  • Be simple to use. It only has a few options but those are the most common when specifying cameras.
  • Show realistic placement on actual buildings. With the Google Earth integration, a single click posts the camera FoV display onto a map of whatever location you desire. It provides accurate measurements of distances so you can tell whether the coverage is sufficient for your parking lot, intersection, walkway, etc.
While the tool is designed for use with Pelco's own cameras, it supports a 'custom camera' setting that allows users to put in generic settings for use with any 3rd party camera.
Below is our 5 minute overview of using the tool:

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