VMS / VSaaS Live Monitoring Guide

By Sean Patton, Published Oct 22, 2021, 09:36am EDT

This 28-page guide provides an in-depth explanation of live video and event monitoring in VMS/VSaaSes.

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In this guide, we cover:

  • Video Monitoring
  • Monitoring Devices
  • VMS/VSaaS Software Clients
  • View Tiles / Layouts
  • Camera Lists
  • Common Control Functions
  • Tile Alarms/Alerts
  • Task / View Cycling
  • PTZ Control
  • Fisheye Dewarping
  • Dashboards
  • Instant Replay
  • Mapping
  • Audio Monitoring
  • Software Video Wall
  • Embedded Web Browsers
  • UX Designs

Video **********

************, **** ***** *** monitored ** *********** ** monitors, **** ****** ** more ******* ****** ******* using * ***** *********** to ******* *** ******* of **** ******* **** a "******" ** ******** displays:

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*******, **** ******** *** been ******* ****** *** over *** **** ******.

***/******* *** ******** ********** that ******** ** * virtual ****** *** ***** monitoring:

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Monitoring *******

************ ***** ** ****** by **** **** ***** (e.g. ******** ******, *************, facilities ********) *** **** monitoring *** ********* *** incidents. ***/***** ******* *** typically ********* ** ** or *****, ******* ********** hardware ******** *** **** used ** ******* ************.

*** ******* ********** ******* used ** ***** ************ are **/************, ***********, ***** walls, *** ****** **** monitors.

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***** *****

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***** ***** ******* *** problem ** ****** ** watch ***** ******* ** cameras *** ***** *********** sources (*.*., ****** ******* systems, **** **********, ***.). They *** ************* **** expensive **** ********** ** a ** / *********** and ********* *** **** typically **** ** ****** enterprises **** *** ******* the ******* *** **** higher ******** ************.

************, ***** ***** **** controlled ** ******-**** ******** matrices, ***** *********** ******** video **** ******** ******* across ******** ********. ***** hardware-based ***** ***** *** expensive *** ******** *********** techs ** *******. **** typically ******* * ***** range ** ***** *******, including ******/*** ******, ***, HDMI, *** ****/*.***/***** ******* video *******. **** ** particularly ********* ** ******** operations ******* ***** * VMS/VSaaS ** *** *** only ****** ***** *********.

******* **** ***** *** only ********** *******, *** do *** **** ** display * **** ***** of *******, *** ********-***** video ***** *** **** to ******* ******* *** maps ****** ******** ********, using *********** ******** *****. This ** **** ********* than ********* ***** **** matrices, *** ***** ******** expensive *** ******* *** additional *****. *******, **** do *** **** *********** configuration ************ *** ***** source ********.

**/***********

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**/************ *** ********* **** by ***** ********** ******* numbers ** ******* (******** to ***** *****) *** have ***** **** ** responsible *** ******* ********** of *** ************ ******.

** ******** ***** **** increase ** *** ****** of ******* ****** ***/** camera ********** *********, ** most *** / ***** applications ********* *** ******** accelerated ********. *******, **** will ********* **** ** a ********* ***** *** organizations **** ********* ******* and **** ** ******* many ******* ** ****.

**** *** **** ******, using *** ** ************ to ******* ***** ************ has **** *** **** common ******. *******, **** rising ********** ***** *** advances ** ****** ************ monitoring, ********** ********** ** surveillance ******* ** *******.

***********

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*********** ****** ************ ***** to ******* ******** **** are *** **** **** limitations ** ************* *** setup, ****** ***** *** declining.

******* *** ******* ********* adoption ** ********** ********** as **** ***** *** of *** ********** *********** of ********** ***. ***** VSaaSes ******* *****-***** **********, this ********** ********* ************ video ** ***'* *****. By ********, ***** ************ required ******* ** **** or ***** ******** **** forwarding.

*******, ************ ********** **** are ***** ********** ******* compared ** ***** ** web *******, ********* ******** fewer ******** **** ** or ***** ****, ***** clients ***** ******* *-* live ************ **** ***** and ***** ********* ****** functionality. ***** ********** ******* varies ******, **** **** video ******* ******** ****** app ************* *** ***** handling ********. ********, **** phone ******* ** *** offer **** ** **** analytic ****** *** **** limited ***** *******/****** ********.

*********** *** **** ******** used ** *** ********* ways *** ********** ************:

  • *** ******* ******* ***** no *** ** ********* to ********** ************, *********** enable ****** ** ********* to **** ************ ******* on-demand.
  • *** ****** ***** *******, with *** ** **** a *** ****** **********, staff *** ****** ******* desktop ********** *** *********** depending ** ***** **** are ** *** ********.
  • *** ****** ***** *******, they *** ***** **** video ***** ** *********** operations **** **** ***** staff **-**** **** ********** apps ** ******* ** the **.

****** **** ********

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*** ***** ****** ** monitoring *******, ****** **** monitors (****) *** ********* in ********* ******** ** the ******* ****** (*.*. main *********, *** *********), these ***** ********* ** non-security ***** **** ** area ** *********. ********* these *** ******** ******** or ***** *** *** display *-* *******.

**** ****, ** ********, an *********** ******* ** show '******* *****' ** a ******, ** * fashion ******* ** * formal ***** ****. ***** monitors *** ********** ** 'carousel' ******* *********** ***** or '*** **' ***** where **** **** ** trigger *** ********, **** a ****** ********* ***** or **** ******* *****.

************, **** *** **** to **** *** ******** view. **** ********* ** used ** * ****** to ***** *********** ** that ****. **** **** of ******* ** ******* in ****** ** **** it ******* ******* *** area, ** *********, *** being *******. ****** ********** in **** ***** *****, like *** ***** ***** depicts, ****** ********* **** sometimes ****** ***** ******** in ****-***** *****. *** example, ******** ***********, ********** displays, ****** *******, ** any ***** ***** ***** where *********, **** ** shoplift ***** *** *******.

"******"

************ ***** ** ****** on ******** ********* ******** to ** * "******", which ******** *** ***** from ******* ** ********* on ******. ***** *** typically ***** ******* **** run ** **/************, *** browsers, *** ***********.

Viewing **** *******

*** **** ****** ***** feature ** ***/***** ***** monitoring ** ******** ******* Tiles/Layouts **** ******** ***** of ******** ******* (***, 3x3, ***) *** ***** access ** **** ****** views *** ********* ** physically *** ************* ******* to **** ***** (*.*. all *********, *** ******* lots, ********* *******). **** is *** ******** ******* of * ******** ***** matrix:

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*******, ******** * *** of ******* ************** ** difficult, *** ***** ******* critical *********. ********, ******* details *** ** **** as **** ****** ** very *****.

**** ********** **** *******, some ***** **** ****** a ***** **********, ********* stream **** *** ******, which ***** ********** *** bandwidth ** *** ********** PC.

*** *******, *********'* ******** Streaming **** "****** *" and "****** *" ********** in *** ********* ****** to ****** ******* * high *** *** ********** based ** *** **** of *** ******* ****:

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***** ******* ******** ***** options ** ****** ********** tile *******, **** *********-***** tiles, *** **** ******* (e.g. *:* ** **:*). This ** ******** **** to ****** ******* ***** the **** ******** ******* (e.g. ***** ** ****, front *********) *** **** larger *****, ***** **** critical ** ***** ******* cameras (*.*. ****** ********, network *******) *** ******* tiles.

*** *******, ** *****'* Layouts ************* ****, ****** multiple ****** ******* ** be *******, ** ** 64 ******* ** * single ******:

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Camera *****

****** ***** ***** *** quick ****** ** ******* for *********, *******, ** a ****** *** ***** can ** ********* ** visually ******. **** ***** offer ********** ******* **************** and/or ** ******** ****/********, or * ***** ****** bar *** ****** ******:

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************, **** ***/***** ********** color **** ** ******* visual ****** *** *** health ****** *** **** camera (*.*. *** ** offline, ****** ** * warning, ***.):

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Common ******* ******** ****

***/******* ********* ***** ****** control ******** ***** *** quick ****** ** ****** actions **** ****** *********, PTZ ********, *** ******** Bookmarks.

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  • *********:***** ********* * ****** frame ******* **** ** happening ** *** *****. The ********* ** **** it ** **** ** share *** * ************ is **** ** **** not **** ** ****** event, ** * ***** clip *****.
  • *** ********:****** *** ******* ******** to * ****** ** fundamental *** ****-******** **** monitoring. ****** *********** *** camera ******** ******** ****** be **** ** ****** the ****** ** *** misused (*.*. ******* ******** at * ****, ***** by * ****** **** while ********** ** ********, etc.).
  • *********:**** ************* *****, *********** allows *** ****** ******* of ***** ** ******* a ***** **** ** the *** ***** ****** searching *** *** ******** instead ** ** **** or ******. *******, ******** bookmarks ** *********** *** them ** ** ********* for *********.

Tile *****/******

********** ****** *** ****** in *** ***** ****** is * **** ********, particularly *** ******** ********** using ***** *** ************. Events *** ****** **** are ********* *** *******, effectively, ** *** ****** or ******* ********* ** the ***/*****, *** *******:

  • *******:******/********* *****, *********, *****/****** trigger
  • *********:******/********* *****, ******* *******, camera **********, *****/*******
  • ********** *******:****** ********** *******, **** login, ***** ********

***** ***** ****** ********** are ******** *** **** monitoring ** ******** ******* with ************ *******, ****** are ********* ********* ** a ********* ****.

*** *******, **** ***** offers ** ********* ******** list ** ******/****** **** date/time ****** *** ****** of *** *****.

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**** ***** ***** ******* to **** ******* ******/****** from ******** ******* ***/** specific ****** (*.*. ****** offline, ****** ********, **** recognized):

*******, ******* ****** *** often * ***** ******** for **** ***** *******, display ***** *** ***** smaller ******* ** ******** at *** **** ** the ***** *********:

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*******, ***** ***** ****** event-centric **********, ******** **** dynamic ******* *** ******* tile ********. ** ******* of **** **********'* "***** ** *********" Alert ********** (**** ****), ***** **** *** use * ******* ****** of ******* *** **********, but **** ******** ***** on * **** ***** when ******/******/****** *** *******:

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*******, *** ********** *** event ********** **** ** a ********** *** ********** live ***** **********, ******* correlating ****** *** ****** detection ****** ** **** difficult **** ******* * standard ****** ******:

Task / **** *******

********* ******* ******* ***** offers **** ********** ** more ******* **** ***** be *********** ********* ** a ****** *******. *** changing ****** ** ****, generally, **** ******* ********* for ******* **** ****** static *******. ********, ******** monitoring ***** *** **** to ******* ******** *********/********, and ***** *** ** organized ********* ** **** is * ****** *****/****:

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*******, **** ******* ***** missing **** *********/****** ***** the ******* *** *** being *********, ***** ** is *** **** **** of ********** ****** ** cameras **************.

******* ****** ****** *** automatically ******** ****** ***** is *****-**** ****** ******* called "****** *****" ** "carousels", ***** **** *** change *** ****, *** changes *** ******* ****** a ****** ****. ***** many ***** ********** **** change *** ******* ************ (e.g. ***** ** *******), intelligent ******* ******* ******* to ****** *** ****** when ***** ** ****** or ********* *********:

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PTZ *******

***** ******** ***** **** control ** *** ******* to ***** ******** ** move *** **** ** a ****** ** ** incident/area ** ********. ************, to **** *** ********* easier, ***** *** **** to ****** ************* *********, called "*******", ***** ******* move *** ****** ** a ******** ********. *** example, *** **** ***** shows ******* ******* ******** a ******* ***, ******* called ** ********** ***** a *** ******:

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****, ***** ********** *** access ******** *** ******** (e.g. ******, ****** ****/*****, etc.):

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*******, ******* ** ******** features ****** ****** *** each ***/****** ***********, ********* on *** ***** ** integration. ******/***** ****** *********** ******** **** *******.

**** ******* ** *** support *** *******, ********* due ** ******* ******/*********** because ** *** ******* of ******** ******* *** Internet, *** ******** **** of **** ********. **** surveys **** ***** * sharp ******* ***** ******* *** **** * years, **** *** ************ of *****-****, ****-********* ***** cameras.

Fisheye ******

*** ******* *** **** to ****** ******* ****** streams ** ******* ********* controls, ***** ***** *** user ** **** *** record **** * ****** overview ******, *** *********** change ******* ******* ** the *** ****** ** both **** *** ******** video. *** *******, ** the **** *****, ** switch **** ****** ******** to *** ******, ***, and *** ****** *********.

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*** **** ********* ** this **** ** ********* versus ****** **** ** that ** ******** **** a ****** ****** ** be ******** ***** *********** overview ***********, ******* ******* of ******** ****** *********** or ******* *** ******* looking ********* ** ** event ******.

*******, ***** **** ********* separate **** *** **** manufacturer's ******* *******. **** is ****** **** ***** the ****** ************'* *** or ****** (*.*.,********* ******* ********* ****-****). *****, **** ** not **** ** ** is *********** *** *********** to **** ******* ********* manufacturer, *** ********** *** cameras ****.

**** *** *********, **** as******* *****(******* *****) ***** ********* dewarping ** *** ******* camera, *********** **** ***********/*********** concern.

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******* ******* *** **** be ********* ** * video ****** ** *********** the ******* **** *** dewarped ** *** ******, such ** ********, ********, PTZ **** *, *** area *, ***. ******** of ***** *** ***** below:

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*** *** **** ********* all ** ***** *******, typically *** ****** *******, in ***** ** ***** support *** ******. *******, many ***** ** *** support *** ******* **** common *******, ********** ***** using ***** ******* ** direct ******

******** ********* ** ******* cameras ** ******** ** VSaaSes *******, *******, ** is ****** **** ******* that ******* *** ***** cameras *** **** ** connect ** ******* ******** in *** ******.

**********

********** ***** ********** *******, maps **** ****** *****, and ****** ****** (*.*. server ******, ******* *********/******/*******). This ***** ******** ***** security ******* **** ********* by ******** ******** ******* that *** ** ********** without ****** ** ***** a ***-***** ******** *********:

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*******, *** *********'* ********** typically *** ********* ************* different **** *** *********** is ********* ** *** default **** ***** ********** screens (*.*. *** ******* tiles), ***** *** ******* users ********** ** *** conventional *** *** *** displays ***********.

*** "****" ******* ** most ***** ** ********* a ********* ****. **** adds ***** *** ***** that *** **** ******* to ******* **** *****, but ***** **** ******** recent ******** ****** (*.*. recognized ******) ***** *** be ** ******** ** users:

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Instant ******

******** ********* *** **** important ******* ***** ********** live *****, *** ******* Replay ****** ***** ******** times (*** - * mins) ***** ******* **** video, ****** *** **** to **** * ********* video ******.

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*** **** ***** *** rewinding ***** *** ******** needed ** ** ****** live *** ******* ****** to ** ******.

*** ****'**** / ***** ************* Guide*** ** **-***** *********** of **** ******/************* ********.

*******

**** *** **** ********* physical ************* ******* ******* and ******** ********. ******* map ******* *** ******** are ************ ** *** and *****, **** ******** very *******/******** ****** **** for ******/*********/******.

************, **** ****** ****-******** systems (*.*. *****, ********, Casinos), ****** *******, *********, LPR, *** ***** ******* are ******** ********** **** maps *** ******* ****** monitoring.

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*******, **** ***** ***** static ****, ** ******* visual ********** ***** ******* are ******, *** ******* setup *** ******/******:

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***** ******** ******* ***** files (*.*. ***, ***) and **** *** *** backgrounds/floorplans, *******, **********-******* ******* also ********* ******* **** public *** ******* (*.*. Google ****, ***********) ***** ******* ******************.

*** ******** *** ********* limited ** ***** ** simplistic ****** *****, *******, map *********** **** ****** map *******, ****** ****/***********, are **** ****** *** easier ** ******* ** VSaaSes ******* *** ***-******.

Audio *******

***** ******** ***** ***** controls ** ***** ******* camera ***** ******* ** listen ** ****** *** inputs, *******, **** ******* indicate ********* ** **** *******:

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*** ******* ********* ***** only *** ***** ****** to ** ********* ** one ****, ****** ******** streams *** ** ********. This ** **** ** both **** **** *** playback. ****** ******** ******* may ** ****** **************, only *** ****** **** be *****.

*** **** ** **** true ** *-*** *****. The *** ****** ******** must ****** **** * list ** ********* ********, and **** * ******** button ** ******** ***. Some ***** *** * global **** ** **** to ** ****, ******** the ******** ** ***** through *** ********* ******** at *** ****, *** this ** *** ******.

Video ****

**** ***** ***** ********-***** "virtual" ***** ***** **** offer *****-******* ************* *** camera ******* ******** **** are **** ********* **** specialized ******** *******.

*** *******, *******'* ****** Task, ****** ****** ******* of ******** ******** **** Clients ****** ******** ********/*** from * ****** ******** Desk ********** ****:

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*******, ***** ******* ***** walls *** ******* ** VMS-connected *****/****/****** *** ** not ********* *** ***** range ** ***** ******* that ******** ***** **** servers ******** **.

Embedded *** ********

*** ******** *** * common "***********" ****** ** VMSes, ** ******* ** 3rd ***** ******* **** do *** ***** * VMS ****** *** **** data ************. *** ******** web ******* ** ********* displayed ** * ****** view ****:

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**** ****** **** ********** of * *** ***** analytics, ****** *******, ** CAD (********-***** ********) ****** without *** **** ** complexity ** *********** **** an ***/***.

***** ******* ******* *** web-native, **** ** *** typically ***** ******** *** pages **** **** ********** viewing *****.

UX ******

** ****** ****** ****** between ***/*******. *******, ****** performing **** ********** ******** should **** ********** *********** functionality *** **** ********, uncluttered **** ****** *** responsive ********** **** ** not **** ******** ** options **** *** *********** based ** ****** *************/******** options.

** ******* ** * strong **** ********** ** Design ** ******* ***** Nx ******* (**** ****), *** *** ******* viewing ***** *** ***** menu ******:

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***** ****** ** ****** commonly ********* **** *********** or ******** *********** **********, as ** **** **** menu ** ******* ******** Desk:

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****, ************ **** **** is * ****** **** point. *** *******, **** switching ******* ****/********/***** *****, or ******/******/**** ************* **** VMSes ******* ********** * mix ** *****-*****/*** **** controls **** ************ **** flow. ** **** ******* from ************, ******** ****** of ***** *** ******* on *** ***, ****, and ****** ** *** application:

VMS / ***** *** ******

*** ******* ************ **** used *** ****** ***** to **** ***** ********, without ****** ** ******* a *** "*****" ****** on * ****/****** **. As ****, *** ****** of ******** *** ******* are ********* **** **** is ********* ** *** thick ******. ***** ******** offered ** *** ******* have ********* ** *** last * *****, **** still *** ******:

  • **************:*** ******* ** ******* any ************* (*.*. *******, server, *** **** **********) is ********* *** ********* in **** *** *** Clients; ****** ****** ***** limited ************** *******.
  • *** ***** ************:** ** ***** *** case **** *** ********** Access ******* ** *** systems ******** *** *** useable/accessible *** *** *** Clients. **** * **** needs ** ****/***** ***** or **** ****-**** *** transactions, * ***** ****** must ** ****.
  • ******/******:***** ***** ****** ******* events ******** *** *** Web ****** *********, *** receive *** ***-** ************* of ***** ****** *** the *******.
  • **-***** **************:*** *** *** ****** users **** *** ****** to ** ***** ********* playback. *******, *** ******* to ** *****-****** ******** (some **** ******* ****** reduce *** ****** ** cameras) ** ******* ********* views *** ******** ******** for ***** ******* ****.
  • ************: **** *** *** clients *** **** ****** 1 ****** ** * time.

******* ********* ** *** offer ***** *******, *** unlike *** *** *******, offer **** ****** **************, alarm/events, *** *************/********* ********.

*******, **** **** ******* advanced ********** ******** (*.*. no ******* *** ******), no ******* ** *** support, *** ** *** party ****** (*.*. ******, intrusion, ***) ***********.

3rd ***** ****** **********

*** ******* ********** ********** integrated ****** ******* *** point ** **** *******, see ***** ****** *** in-depth ***********:

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