Mobile Apps: Surveillance On-the-Go

Arcus and Surveillance Station have mobile apps for Android and iOS. We took the Android versions out for a spin. The PX2-300D NVR can be accessed from any Android device using the Milestone Mobile app. Synology's Surveillance Station's Android app is the DSCam.

Compared to the PC-based browser interface, things are reversed in the mobile arena. The DSCam provides an amateurish experience with none of the elegance and features of the PC-based browser experience. Milestone Mobile, on the other hand, is very professional. It is possible to have a matrix view, and the menu options are clearly labeled (unlike the desktop browser interface).

Unlike DSCam, Milestone Mobile allows users to export footage and also view archives. In fact, the slider mechanism used to choose the date and time is in fact more suited for touchscreens rather than mouse-based desktop interfaces (though it is used in both). DSCam has a lot of catching up to do. One nice to have feature in both apps would be the ability to do NVR management (for example, say, make it possible to add back a dropped camera or a newly installed camera with a fresh IP) without resorting to the desktop browser interface. On the whole, Milestone Mobile emerges as the clear winner here compared to DSCam.

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  • Beany2013 - Friday, July 26, 2013 - link

    Nnng. I've recently started looking at building semi-managed CCTV solutions for customers and have recently come across this semi-niche of devices.

    Commentards, er, I mean, esteemed commenters (sorry, hang over of forums, which are somewhat more brutal) - do you have any experience of these devices, and can you recommend me a device that can handle multiple 2+MP streams and a few sub-megapixel streams that won't crap itself after three months?

    No homebrew stuff - must be warrantied up and good to go out of the box with minimal (expected - I'm a sysadmin by trade so no fear) config...

    Also, long term reader, first time poster - do like a bit of AT. Keep it up, Ganesh and co....

    Steven R
  • bobbozzo - Sunday, July 28, 2013 - link

    Hi, most of the off the shelf stuff I've seen is sub-megapixel, although I haven't looked in a while.

    This is the first off the shelf system I've seen with megapixel IP cams.

    I know you said you want off the shelf, but I was pretty happy with my ZoneMinder setup, with a megapixel IP cam and a couple of SD cams.
    I dismantled it when I moved and haven't gotten around to setting it up again.

    We have a Swann system at work; cams are Coax, not IP, and resolution and quality is SD. It works OK, but I don't really think they're worth the money.

    Many of the megapixel IP cams are junk though.
    Axis has a good reputation, but I haven't seen one in action.
  • Ammaross - Monday, July 29, 2013 - link

    You're correct, Axis cameras have worked great for me (have mainly used their older models though). And as for multi-megapixel, you're looking more into the "homebrew" market of installing software such as Video Insight or the Pelco suite on a Windows server (or go the inexpensive route and use ZoneMinder on Linux [which is what I did. Worked great, except my first attempt was underpowered...]).
  • BryanDobbins - Saturday, August 17, 2013 - link

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  • cuylar - Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - link

    D-Link DNR-322L & DCS-2230(WiFI) or DCS-2210(PoE)
  • Lord 666 - Friday, July 26, 2013 - link

    A little off-topic, but why go enterprise HDD when a single 1TB of EVO SSD is $650. I want to pick up a security system and lock the recording unit in my safe. Power is not that much an issue versus heat and noise.
  • Egg - Friday, July 26, 2013 - link

    I'm a little confused - how do you get networking into the safe? Do you drill a hole in the safe, or do you use wireless that's likely to drop out?
  • Lord 666 - Friday, July 26, 2013 - link

    Rifle-sized gun safes are usually pre-drilled for floor post anchoring and dehumidifiers. Route the 12/2 wire along with cat5 through one or two of those holes. Now you have a hardened security system that is both tamper and fire resistant.
  • Dentons - Saturday, July 27, 2013 - link

    Unless your system is entirely solid state and / or designed for zero airflow, you may experience extreme heat related reliability issues by placing it inside a safe.

    Almost every system is designed with some level of air flow in mind. If you're going to do this, you'd want to pull and push air though the system. Probably with ducts to force air past the system.
  • bobbozzo - Sunday, July 28, 2013 - link

    I agree about the heat problem, but adding ducts to a safe will ruin it's fire-worthy-ness.

    A better idea would probably be to get a locking rack-mount cabinet, and bolt it to the floor or a wall stud.

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