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GBIC >> Software Reviews >> Video Surveillance
Video Surveillance      (July 2007)

Video Surveillance software allows you to monitor one or multiple cameras/webcams. Record keeping may consist of periodically capturing images or of keeping complete video streams. Records may be kept on site, transferred to an internet site, passed through email or sent to cell phones. Additional features include motion and noise detection.

Review Results
This review is in work. Until the review is complete, I suggest the following application for your video surveillance needs:

Video Surveillance Features
These are the minimum features that I expect from video surveillance software. Each of the candidate programs will be ranked against how well they implement the following features. As the review continues, the list of features may change.

  1. Multiple video sources
  2. Video/Image recording options
  3. Event detection (noise, motion, IR)
  4. Web, email, phone notification
  5. Scheduling
  6. Password protection
  7. Capture card compatibility
  8. Disk overwrite options
  9. Date/time stamping
  10. Remote control
  11. Pan/Tilt/Zoom for compatible cameras
  12. Built-in web server

Candidate Programs
These are the programs included in this review.

FreewareCommercial
  1. HSSVSS
  2. Surveillance Scan II
  3. webcastXP
  1. Argus DVR $40
  2. Blue Iris $20
  3. Cam Wizard $40
  4. Digi-Watcher $40
  5. Eyecopia $50
  6. homesight $300
  7. i-Catcher Sentry $79
  8. i-Catcher Console $238
  9. MY-IPTV & CAM Anywhere $129
  10. SecuExpress $50
  11. SupervisionCam $25
  12. WebCam Monitor $70
User Feedback & Suggestions
I welcome any suggestions on other video surveillance programs that should be considered, or suggestions on how better to review the selected programs.