ZoneMinder Open Source Profile

By: Brian Karas, Published on Nov 06, 2017

The first, oldest and probably the best known open source VMS is ZoneMinder.

But where has it gone and is it still relevant today in a world of $200 NVRs and various free VMS options?

IPVM spoke with ZoneMinder's lead developer, Isaac Connor, about the current state of the project, and how he is hoping to grow ZoneMinder's installation base, and also create a sustainable revenue model.

We analyze the strengths and weaknesses of ZoneMinder as an option for those looking for a low-cost VMS with advanced features and formal support.

*** *****, ****** *** probably *** **** ***** open ****** *** ************.

*** ***** *** ** gone *** ** ** still ******** ***** ** a ***** ** $*** NVRs *** *********** *** *******?

**** ***** **** **********'* lead *********,***** ******, ***** *** ******* state ** *** *******, and *** ** ** hoping ** **** **********'* installation ****, *** **** create * *********** ******* model.

** ******* *** ********* and ********** ** ********** as ** ****** *** those ******* *** * low-cost *** **** ******** features *** ****** *******.

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ZoneMinder **********

*** ***** ******* *** launched ** ****, *** efforts ** * ****** developer, ****** *******. ***** the ******* ***** ** stagnate, **********'* ******* **** developer, *** ******* ***** to * ***,***** ******, **** **** *********** and ******* ** ****. Isaac *** ********** ****** on ********** ****-****, ********* other ********** ********, *** now ***** ********* ** enhancing *** ********** *** software, ***** **** * other **********.

ZoneMinder ********

************ * *****-***** ***, released ***** ****** ****** ******* (***). ** *******, **** means **** ****** *** use ** ****** *** software *** ******* ** commercial ************, ** **** as **** **** ******* the ****** **** *** the ********, *** *** personal ************ **** **** to *** ****** ****.

***** *** ** ******* requirements, ** ************ ************, and ** *********** ** the ****** ** ******* that *** ** ******** to * ******, ** the ****** ** *******, beyond *********** ** *** server ******** ********.

*** **** ********* ** web-based, *** ***** *** no ***** ******* ********, or *********. **** ****** it ** *** ** most ********* ******/******* ************.

********* ** *** *********, the ******* ************ ******** around ** *******, ****** they ** **** **** large ******** ** ** the ***** ** ******* thousand *******.

Revenue/Growth ********

** *** **** ****** model ****** **********'* ******* to ****** *** *** software ******, *** ******* offers **** ******* ******* as *** ******* ****** of *******. **** ******* is **** ********* *** phone/remote ******* *** $***/**, with * **% ******** for * ** **** block ** *******. *** larger *****, ********** ******* are **** ********* *** a "******* ********" ***** arrangement.

* ******* ****** **** is **** *********, ***** for $**/***** **********'* ********** will ***** ** ******** servers ******* ** ****** software *** ****** ******* operation, ****** ****** ******* where *********. **** ******* server **** ** ****** to ** **** **** attractive ** ********** *********, however ** **** *** current ******* *** ** too *** ** ** scalable *** **** ********** could ****** ****** **** for **** *******.

Other ******* *******

*** ***** *** ******* to *** *** *******, there *** **** ******* available ********* **********************.

Feature ********

********** *** ******* ******** common **** ********** *****, including:

  • ******* *** *** **** for ****** ******
  • *****/********
  • ******-**** ****** *********
  • ******** ********* ******* (********, motion-only, ******** **** ****** bookmarks, ****)
  • ***** ***-***
  • ***** ******
  • ************ ******** *** **** bandwidth *** *** ********* monitoring (*.*., ***** ** remote)

*** *** ******* **** is *** ********* ** many ***** ** * fully ****-**** *********, ******** integrators ** ********* *** look ** *** ******** with ***** *** ******** to **** ********** ****** as ***** *** ********.

*******, ********** ***** ****** integrations **** ****** ******* systems, ***** ******, ***** analytics, ** **** ***** 3rd ***** *******. ***** there ** ** *** for *** ***** *******, being **** ********** ** relatively ******* *** ******* opting ** *** ****** into ********** ************ *** going ** ** *****.

***** **** **** **** ZoneMinder's ****** ************ ******** limited, **** ** ******* for ******-***** ****** ***** custom ******* *****, ****** users *** ********* '******', which *** *********** ******-********* bookmarks.

User *********

** ********* *****, *** interface *** ********** ** browser-based. ** **** * responsive ****** *** ** a ***** **** ** ZoneMinder **** ******* ***** various ** *** ****** browsers, ******* **** ******* and ******** ***** ****** well.

****-**** ***** ******* ***** access ** ******* ****** configurations *** **** *******, and ******* *** ******* the ****** ***** ** or **** ** ****. There ** **** *** ability ** ****** **** High ********* ******* **** to *** ********* ****, which ******* ***** **** and ********** *** **** viewing.

Resource *********

********* ** *** *********, ZoneMinder *** ** ******** resource ********* *** **** CPU *** ***. ***** should ********** * ********* core *** ***** * cameras (***-*****, **-*****). ******* of *** *** *** software ******* ***** ******, it *** **** ** RAM *********, *** *** require ****** ********** *** to ******* ***********. ***** issues *** ***** *********, and *** *** ** the *** ********** ** enhance *** ********* ** ZoneMinder ** * *****-***** option, ********* ** *** developer.

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

*** ***** *** ******** with *****, **** *** "**** ***" ************ ******* *** be ********, ** ********** relies ** * ****** of ******** ******** **** as *****, ******, ******, etc. **** ** ***** packages *** ******* ********** installation ***/** ************* ******, depending ** *** ******.

******* *** **** ******** installed *** ******* ** the ***** **** ******* can ** ***** ** likely ** **** ****** than ********** * *******-***** VMS *******, ***** ***** to ******* *** ******** dependencies *** ****** ************** automatically. *********** **** ****** to *****/******* ********** ********* could *** ***** **** disk ***** ****** ** homebrew ******* ** **** the ******* **** *********.

********** **** ***** *** some ******** ************* *******, including *** ******* ** specify ******* ********* ** a ***-****** *****, ****** and **** ******, ** embed ********** **** *** video *****:

Best ******* ******** *********

***** *********** ******* **** of ************, *** ********** basic ****** *************, ** would ** **** *********** against ******** ********* **** a ************* *********** **** against ********** ***** **** Exacq ** *********. ******* integrators *** ****** **** hardware **** **** ** use *** **********, ** would **** ******* *********** over ****/*********** **** ******** recorders **** ***-****-****-*** ********.

Upcoming ************

**** ** *** ******* development **** ** ******* on ****** *** ************ process ****** *** ******** resource ************. *** ********** hope **** **** *** more ****** ** ******** ZoneMinder ** ** *********** to ***** *** *********, and **** ******** **** amount ** ******* ** well ** **** ***** efforts. ** **** *** more ******* **** ******* there *** ***** ** hire ********* ******* ********* to **** *** ********** focus ** ******.

ZoneMinder ** ********** ********

********** *** ******** ******** in ***** ** ******** integrators ** ***** * customized *** **** **** licensing *****. ******** *** developers ******* ******** ************ to **** ******** *** number ** ******* **** can ** ********* ** a ****** ******, *********** could **** ********** ** attractive *** *********** *** SMB ********. *******, *** learning ***** ** ****** to ** ***** ****, and **** ****** *** software ** ****, ** may *** ** ** attractive **** ******** ** using ***** ***** ***** like ***** *****, *********** *********, ***** ** **** free (****** ******** ****** registration *******) ** ***** is **** ******** ** hardware ********* **** ** be ********* *** * given ****** *****.

Comments (19)

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*** **** ****** ** *********...

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******* ********? *** ******* ****** *** **** ********? ***** **** to **** ****. ***** * ***'* *** ********* ****** **** would ******* **** (** *** *** ********* ******* **** **** granularity), *'* ** ********** ** **** *** ************* *** **** centrally *******, ** *** **** ******** ** ******* **** **** are ******* **********.

*** ******* ******** ****** ******* *** **** *******. ** **** has **** ** **** ** * *********** ******. ** * db ******, **** ********* *******, * ** **** ****** ********* servers, ***. ********* **** *** ******* ******* * ********* ** directly ** **** ******.

******, **'* **** ** **** ** *** ****** **** *****. It's **** **** ***** ***** * ***** ** *** **** time, *** **** **** * ***** **** ********** ** *** hell ** ** ****** ** **** ** ** ****, *** biggest ******** ***** ************* **** ***+ ****** ** **** ** can ******** *** *** ******** ** *** ******* ** **** for (******* * **** ***** *** ******* ** ****, *** rest *** ** ****), **** ******* ** ** ** ********** for ****** *** ***** **** ******** ** *** *** ********* to ***.

****** * ***** **** ********** ***** *****'* ****** ** "****" solution *********, **** **** ******** ** **** ** **** ****. At ***** **** *** ******'* *** ** **** *** **** money ****** *** ********** ******* ** *******.

*** ** ******* ** * *** *.*.*. **********?

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******* **** ****** ** ** *********** **********.

** **** **** ***************, *** **, **** **********, *** *********** ****** ** *** free *** ******** *********.

** *** ********** ******, ** **** ******* ** *** *** open ****** / **** *** *** ******* ******* *** *********** of ***-**** **** *** ********** ****** ***** *********. ******* ** the ******** ** ***** ***********, * **** ** **** ** see *** ******* ** ********** *** ****** **** **** ***** players.

* ** ***** ** **** *** ****** *** ********* ** what * ***** ** *******, *** **** ** *** *******.

*'* **** ** ***** *** **** **** ***** ***** ******* niche *******. *** * ****** *** ****** ** **** ****** that ***** ***** ** *** ** ***** *****, *** ***** often **** ***'* **** **** *** **** ***** ** *******, but *****'* ****** ******* ****** ******. **** **'* * ****** of *** ***** *** *** ******, *********** *** ****** ** software **** **** ***** ** ** ***** *********.

*'* ******* ***** *** ***** ** * ****** *** **** cameras ** **** *** ******* * ********** ****** ** *****. If ********** ** *** ***** **** ******** ***** ********* *** basics ** **** **'* ****** ******, ** ***** ******* *** Enterprise **** *** ******* ****** ** ********** ******** ** *** own, *** ***** ******** ****** ** ********* ***** ******* ** they ******.

** *** *** ** ****** ****** *******:

- "******** **** ********** *** ***, *** **'* **** *** you're *** ***** ** ***** ** **** ********* ******" (******** Linux *******)

**

- "********** ******** ***** ******** ** **** ****** *** ***** and *** ****+ *** ***** *******" (******** ******* *******)

... ***** ***** *** ******, ******** ***** *** ** ******? The ****** ** ********* - ************* - *** ***** ***, but *** **** ** ****** *** ***** ** ****** * foundation *** **. ** ***** ******* *** ******* **** ********* of ******* ***** **** ********, **'* *** ***** ******* ** can ** ****, **'* **** ***** ****** ** *** ** facto ******** *** ****** *** ***** ******* *** ***** *******, who ******* ********* **** *** **** ******** ************** *****'* ***** for.

*.*. *** ***** ************ ** **** "*******" ***, ** ***-**** **** ** ***** scale ******** ** *******. **** *** ** * ********* ******** entirely, *** *** *****, ***** **** *** **** **** *** ZoneMinder ***.

** *** *** ** ****** ****** *******:

- "******** **** ********** *** ***, *** **'* **** *** you're *** ***** ** ***** ** **** ********* ******" (******** Linux *******)

**

- "********** ******** ***** ******** ** **** ****** *** ***** and *** ****+ *** ***** *******" (******** ******* *******)

... ***** ***** *** ******, ******** ***** *** ** ******? The ****** ** ********* - **************** ***** ***,

*** ** *** ***** ** *****, **** *** **'* *** an '****** ******'. ** ********** ** **** ***** **** / open *** *** *** ** **** *****, ***** *** *** problem ******* ** *********, *.*., *** *** ********** **** ****** to ***** ** ** ** ** **** ********?

** * ******** ******** ****, * ***** **** ** *** this ** * **** ** ******* ** ******** **** *********** of ** ***** *** *** ******* ***** ** * ********* command **** **** ***...

****... ********** ****** ******* **** * ******* ***** ****** ***..

** **** ********* *****!

***. ***** ** **** ** ***** ****.

** ******* **** *** ****, *'** ***** *** *****!

** ******* **'* *********.

*** ********** ****** *.*** ******* ***?

** * ******** **** **** * **** ***** **, ***** was **** **** ****-****** ** *********** ********** **** ***** ******** release **** ***** ****** *.*** ******* *** **-****** **** **** MJPEG?

***** ***** *** *** ** ******* "*.*** ***** ******* ******"... :(

*** ******* ****** ******* **** *** ***** ****. *** ******* development ***** ****, *** ** ******* *********** **** **** **** (your ****** ** *******, ***, ********).

***** ** * *** ** *********** ** **** ***** **, which ****** ****** *** & *** *****. * **** ** get ** **** ****** * ***** ******** **** ** * release. (********* *** ********** **** * *** ** ****).

** ***** ** * ***** ** *** *** ****** ******* will **** ****, *** *** *** *** ****** ******* *** been *** ***** *********, *** ********.

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***** *** ***** *** **** ************* ** **** ****** ****!

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