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Remote Camera Monitoring

By ohm.paul ·
Currently, we have multiple cameras set up at multiple store locations. They are GeoVision cameras connected to PCs with Geovision DVR Cards. Right now, the cameras simply record the feed to the local computer.

What I would like to do is be able to monitor that video feed remotely, from our central office. The GeoVision software comes with the ability to set up a webcam server, which would be perfect for our situation. However, the problem is that many of our locations are located inside other stores, such as malls. Therefore, we are unable to open particular ports to allow the webcam server to serve the video.

Is there any conceivable way that we could accomplish this task without forwarding any ports? Perhaps, could it work something like GoToMyPC or LogMeIn where the feed is sent somewhere, and I can "meet it in the middle" between the store location and remote viewing location?

All systems are running XP Pro.

Any ideas are helpful.

Thanks,
Paul

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You can try this for a start..

http://www.deskshare.com/wcm.aspx

Hope it works on your system.

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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While that may be a solution remember

by OH Smeg In reply to You can try this for a st ...

Video takes a lot of Bandwidth to stream. So you will need decent speed connections at the source points and High Speed at the receiving end as once you start to accept several different streams you will very quickly run out of Bandwidth.

Col

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Right

by ohm.paul In reply to While that may be a solut ...

I understand that it would be a bandwidth hog for it to be constantly streaming all the time, but I would prefer to just be able to stream it when I want, rather than all the time. The video will still be recorded on the PCs at the store locations, but I would just like to be able to tap into the stream on demand.

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interesting

by ohm.paul In reply to You can try this for a st ...

This would probably work well, but we already have cameras set up at all the locations, and the software included to record the video to the PCs, its just a matter of configuring the PC to send the streaming video to our central location when it is asked for.

The WebCam Server module of the geovision software would really work perfectly, that is, if we were able to open and forward the required ports, but I am just looking for a way around that...I realize I am asking for something that is probably not possible or unfeasible, but I figured I'd ask.

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You could just use "Logmein"..

And do the on demand through that.
https://secure.logmein.com/home.asp?lang=en
That way any steaming is minimized. Just another option to keep in mind. Or teamviewer:
http://www.teamviewer.com/index.aspx

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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Logmein

by ohm.paul In reply to You could just use "Logme ...

The only problem with that solution is that the user of the computer will know when we are looking at them. The idea of what we want is to be able to view the feed without the employee knowing. Obviously if the employee sees his/her computer moving, then they'll know that we are monitoring them right then.

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You Sir, are a bounder, a vagabond and a snake-oil merchant

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Logmein

You cleverly disguised the original post to suggest that you were interested in streaming static camera images of a security nature, within stores dotted around the country.

It now turns out that you wish to mount a covert operation in order to spy on your employees!

I for one will have no part in this charade and suggest that others desist from aiding and abetting you in what can only be described as a criminal act.

If you achieve your desires, then only to be found out at some later time - you would undoubtedly find yourself in Federal Court, facing charges that could make your eyes water.

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I'm not sure I understand why

by TonytheTiger In reply to You Sir, are a bounder, a ...

you would have a problem with an employer monitoring what his employees are doing. Why is it criminal? I can be monitored at will except in the restroom.

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when he has to sneak to do it

by jdclyde In reply to I'm not sure I understand ...

is where you draw the line.

If the punk was being open about it, that would be different, but he isn't.

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I agree with tony, Covert survellience

by faradhi In reply to I'm not sure I understand ...

is not illegal and sometime necessary.

It happens in banks and casinos. As it stated in a post below, I have sat across the street many nights with binoculars watching employees.

This is not really any diffrent. The employee know if they are in a retail environment that they are being monitored. No retail outlet will tell the employee ALL the ways they are being monitored.

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