Chinese Open Source VMS Software Released

Author: Brian Karas, Published on Jul 08, 2016

China has disrupted cameras. Can they do the same for VMS software?

Two Chinese developers are bootstrapping their own VMS software, that they have made open source and does not require payment.

We spoke with the developers about what they are doing, share those findings inside, review their approach and compare it to alternative low-cost options.

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Comments (5)

Another case, albeit minor and somewhat off beat, that the whole industry will and is moving in this direction.

Call me crazy, (you wont be the first one to) but in less than five years I will be saying I told you so.

This is good news, tbh the VMS vendors have had it too good for too long.

This is the type of software that will not be recording due to a software bug exactly in the moment when an accident has happened and you need the footage...

Is there no way to "remote view" the video from the open cvr?

Even without an app... cant you just login to the IP via a browser?

My understanding from the developer was that mobile app and browser access were on the TODO list, hopefully for release soon.

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