ZoneMinder Open Source Profile

Author: 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.

*** *****, ****** *** ******** *** **** ***** **** ****** VMS ************.

*** ***** *** ** **** *** ** ** ***** ******** today ** * ***** ** $*** **** *** *********** *** *******?

**** ***** **** **********'* **** *********,***** ******, ***** *** ******* ***** ** *** *******, *** *** he ** ****** ** **** **********'* ************ ****, *** **** create * *********** ******* *****.

** ******* *** ********* *** ********** ** ********** ** ** option *** ***** ******* *** * ***-**** *** **** ******** features *** ****** *******.

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ZoneMinder **********

*** ***** ******* *** ******** ** ****, *** ******* ** a ****** *********, ****** *******. ***** *** ******* ***** ** stagnate, **********'* ******* **** *********, *** ******* ***** ** * CEO,***** ******, **** **** *********** *** ******* ** ****. ***** *** previously ****** ** ********** ****-****, ********* ***** ********** ********, *** now ***** ********* ** ********* *** ********** *** ********, ***** with * ***** **********.

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************ * *****-***** ***, ******** ***** ****** ****** ******* (***). ** *******, **** ***** **** ****** *** *** ** resell *** ******** *** ******* ** ********** ************, ** **** as **** **** ******* *** ****** **** *** *** ********, and *** ******** ************ **** **** ** *** ****** ****.

***** *** ** ******* ************, ** ************ ************, *** ** limitations ** *** ****** ** ******* **** *** ** ******** to * ******, ** *** ****** ** *******, ****** *********** of *** ****** ******** ********.

*** **** ********* ** ***-*****, *** ***** *** ** ***** clients ********, ** *********. **** ****** ** ** *** ** most ********* ******/******* ************.

********* ** *** *********, *** ******* ************ ******** ****** ** cameras, ****** **** ** **** **** ***** ******** ** ** the ***** ** ******* ******** *******.

Revenue/Growth ********

** *** **** ****** ***** ****** **********'* ******* ** ****** for *** ******** ******, *** ******* ****** **** ******* ******* as *** ******* ****** ** *******. **** ******* ** **** available *** *****/****** ******* *** $***/**, **** * **% ******** for * ** **** ***** ** *******. *** ****** *****, customized ******* *** **** ********* *** * "******* ********" ***** arrangement.

* ******* ****** **** ** **** *********, ***** *** $**/***** ZoneMinder's ********** **** ***** ** ******** ******* ******* ** ****** software *** ****** ******* *********, ****** ****** ******* ***** *********. This ******* ****** **** ** ****** ** ** **** **** attractive ** ********** *********, ******* ** **** *** ******* ******* may ** *** *** ** ** ******** *** **** ********** could ****** ****** **** *** **** *******.

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

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

Feature ********

********** *** ******* ******** ****** **** ********** *****, *********:

  • ******* *** *** **** *** ****** ******
  • *****/********
  • ******-**** ****** *********
  • ******** ********* ******* (********, ******-****, ******** **** ****** *********, ****)
  • ***** ***-***
  • ***** ******
  • ************ ******** *** **** ********* *** *** ********* ********** (*.*., local ** ******)

*** *** ******* **** ** *** ********* ** **** ***** is * ***** ****-**** *********, ******** *********** ** ********* *** look ** *** ******** **** ***** *** ******** ** **** ZoneMinder ****** ** ***** *** ********.

*******, ********** ***** ****** ************ **** ****** ******* *******, ***** panels, ***** *********, ** **** ***** *** ***** *******. ***** there ** ** *** *** *** ***** *******, ***** **** ZoneMinder ** ********** ******* *** ******* ****** ** *** ****** into ********** ************ *** ***** ** ** *****.

***** **** **** **** **********'* ****** ************ ******** *******, **** no ******* *** ******-***** ****** ***** ****** ******* *****, ****** users *** ********* '******', ***** *** *********** ******-********* *********.

User *********

** ********* *****, *** ********* *** ********** ** *******-*****. ** uses * ********** ****** *** ** * ***** **** ** ZoneMinder **** ******* ***** ******* ** *** ****** ********, ******* live ******* *** ******** ***** ****** ****.

****-**** ***** ******* ***** ****** ** ******* ****** ************** *** live *******, *** ******* *** ******* *** ****** ***** ** or **** ** ****. ***** ** **** *** ******* ** switch **** **** ********* ******* **** ** *** ********* ****, which ******* ***** **** *** ********** *** **** *******.

Resource *********

********* ** *** *********, ********** *** ** ******** ******** ********* for **** *** *** ***. ***** ****** ********** * ********* core *** ***** * ******* (***-*****, **-*****). ******* ** *** way *** ******** ******* ***** ******, ** *** **** ** RAM *********, *** *** ******* ****** ********** *** ** ******* performance. ***** ****** *** ***** *********, *** *** *** ** the *** ********** ** ******* *** ********* ** ********** ** a *****-***** ******, ********* ** *** *********.

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

*** ***** *** ******** **** *****, **** *** "**** ***" ************ ******* *** ** ********, ** ********** ****** ** a ****** ** ******** ******** **** ** *****, ******, ******, etc. **** ** ***** ******** *** ******* ********** ************ ***/** configuration ******, ********* ** *** ******.

******* *** **** ******** ********* *** ******* ** *** ***** that ******* *** ** ***** ** ****** ** **** ****** than ********** * *******-***** *** *******, ***** ***** ** ******* any ******** ************ *** ****** ************** *************. *********** **** ****** to *****/******* ********** ********* ***** *** ***** **** **** ***** clones ** ******** ******* ** **** *** ******* **** *********.

********** **** ***** *** **** ******** ************* *******, ********* *** ability ** ******* ******* ********* ** * ***-****** *****, ****** and **** ******, ** ***** ********** **** *** ***** *****:

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

***** *********** ******* **** ** ************, *** ********** ***** ****** functionality, ** ***** ** **** *********** ******* ******** ********* **** a ************* *********** **** ******* ********** ***** **** ***** ** Milestone. ******* *********** *** ****** **** ******** **** **** ** use *** **********, ** ***** **** ******* *********** **** ****/*********** than ******** ********* **** ***-****-****-*** ********.

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

**** ** *** ******* *********** **** ** ******* ** ****** the ************ ******* ****** *** ******** ******** ************. *** ********** hope **** **** *** **** ****** ** ******** ********** ** an *********** ** ***** *** *********, *** **** ******** **** amount ** ******* ** **** ** **** ***** *******. ** they *** **** ******* **** ******* ***** *** ***** ** hire ********* ******* ********* ** **** *** ********** ***** ** coding.

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

********** *** ******** ******** ** ***** ** ******** *********** ** offer * ********** *** **** **** ********* *****. ******** *** developers ******* ******** ************ ** **** ******** *** ****** ** cameras **** *** ** ********* ** * ****** ******, *********** could **** ********** ** ********** *** *********** *** *** ********. However, *** ******** ***** ** ****** ** ** ***** ****, and **** ****** *** ******** ** ****, ** *** *** be ** ********** **** ******** ** ***** ***** ***** ***** like ***** *****, *********** *********, ***** ** **** **** (****** ******** ****** ************ *******) if ***** ** **** ******** ** ******** ********* **** ** be ********* *** * ***** ****** *****.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

**** ***** ****, ** **** ** ****** **** ** *** development ******, *** **** *** ****** ******.

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

***** *** *** **** ************, *****.

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