iSpy Open Source Windows VMS Tested

Author: Sarit Williams, Published on Oct 18, 2013

Open source software has had a huge impact on the web and IT, with solutions like Linux, Apache, PostgreSQL, Wordpress, Firefox, Audacity, VLC, etc., becoming major forces.

However, in video surveillance, that has not been the case. The most well known open source offering for VMSes has been Zoneminder, which is Linux only and stopped development for 2 years.

Open Source vs Open Platform

Now, open source and open platform may sound similar but they are not the same. Open platform is typical in surveillance, implying that the software can work with third party devices (e.g., cameras, access control, intrusion, PSIM), without major restrictions. However, open source goes much further, making the source code for the VMS publicly available for re-use and modification.

Nonetheless, many in our industry still confuse the two - see IFSEC Global's unfortunate misreporting of Milestone open sourcing their VMS (Milestone is open platform, not open source).

iSpy Open Source VMS

Another open source VMS solution, named iSPY, has emerged. Not only is it actively being developed, it runs on Windows machines, making it easier for most consumers / low tech users. The two of them make iSPY a very interesting VMS to consider.

Testing iSPY

In this report, we share our findings from testing iSPY, including a review of its usability and a consideration of its freemium model, where a core part is free but certain functions require a premium charge.

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Comments (7)

Video links seem to be having issues. I get sent to a login page when I click on any videos.

Thanks Jon. Should be fixed now.

how about the PC test platform spec(CPU & RAM)?

it would be perfect the only problem of this vms is that it is extremly unstable.

Thanks! This was very interesting to read.

A correction to Zoneminder being undeveloped. Ity seems like they just released a minor update: http://www.zoneminder.com/downloads

We did not say it was 'undeveloped'. We are aware of the recent minor update(s). That's why we phrased it specifically, "Zoneminder, which is Linux only and stopped development for 2 years." It's good to see they have resumed development after the 2 year absence.

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