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CCTV Security System Administration: How to Admin?

Installing CCTV security system (also known as video surveillance) is a big step and usually it causes the most controversy. What types of cameras to choose? What software to use? What hardware would fit? However, there is another question to consider that is easily overlooked – how to control the cameras through the software properly? The efficiency of any surveillance system depends greatly on the way it is handled, in other words, on its administrator. So how does one optimize their security through proper system administration?

The first thing to keep in mind is that nowadays cameras can do a LOT more than just record footage. Modern software turns them into smart observers able to react to certain stimuli. For example, face detection and recognition is a viable option. But wouldn’t it be better for your surveillance system, upon recognizing a certain face, to actually react, take action? Xeoma has a module called “Application Runner” designed specifically for that. When another module (e.g. a detector) connected to it is triggered, it will launch an application of your choice. With this an administrator is free to create their own scripts that would be activated under certain circumstances (be it face detection or motion detection or any other detector being triggered). This creates a limitless number of responses to different situations enabling your security to become incredibly flexible. ctv_security_system_administration_admin_videowall
If your surveillance system is large enough to include several monitors controlled by different operators, it is important to organize the live feeds on different screens. However, there is also a human factor to consider. Operators require different permissions for viewing certain cameras with varying levels of access. Sounds complicated, doesn’t it? Fortunately, Xeoma has a simple solution for that as well. Its Users window within the Remote access menu holds everything to quickly manipulate the operators’ accounts. security guard watching video monitoring surveillance security system with portable radio transmitter


Using the checkboxes an administrator can give proper permissions to any number of users. When it is done, anyone accessing Xeoma would need to type in their login and password, and their privileges would depend on that.

Modern surveillance software is often judged by its flexibility and plainness, that is why proper administration is no longer a time-consuming and painstaking process that only professionals can be trusted with.

20 September 2016

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