Testing Android MiniPC and Raspberry Pi

Author: John Honovich, Published on Mar 27, 2013

Local viewing is a common problem for VMS software based systems. Even for DVR/NVR appliances with direct video output, if the video needs to be viewed elsewhere, it typically requires a monitor and a PC.

One solution gaining attention is deploying super low cost open source based appliances as spot monitors 'PCs'. These units, costing $50 or less, can replace a traditional Windows based PC.

Here's an example of what they look like, with the Raspberry Pi and the Android Mini PC displayed side by side:

Both are fairly tiny, with the Pi about the size of a pack of playing cards and the Mini PC about the size of a lighter.

While they are not designed specifically for surveillance, some are looking to use them. Inside this report, we share our results of using these devices as a surveillance monitor 'PC'.

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