Testing Smartphones as Surveillance Cameras

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on May 24, 2012

Using smartphones as surveillance cameras is one of the biggest trends in 2012, with multiple manufacturers announcing apps. These apps allow live video to be streamed from the phone's camera directly to a VMS, for viewing and recording by central operators, providing live coverage of incidents as they occur. While most of these apps are proprietary to the VMS, at least one open platform option is available

In this report, we test one of these apps, AirBeam, for iOS. This brief video overviews the app, streaming video in real-time to a VMS system.

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