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  • #16
    Most of IP cameras come with free software. For example, Mobotix has pretty good software it comes with, albeit you are limited to recording from Mobotix cameras. I personallly stay away from Axis because they charge way too much for their software. The top tier company that I know in this biz is Milestone XProtect and Exacq Technologies. Also, some of these companies give you a single camera license free to you can spend as much time as you want evaluating a solution.

    Here's some links for the google challenged -
    http://www.milestonesys.com/
    http://www.exacq.com
    http://www.griffid.com/
    http://luxriot.com/

    As for Linux vs Windows vs OS X, does it really matter. Heck, on my Macbook I run CentOS 5.3 bit and Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bit on VMWare fusion. You almost have to on OS X to run everything you normally run on a PC. Heck, OS X is so lame, I can't even run Outlook on it.

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    • #17
      Thanks for your comments... Please find some answer to your observations...

      Originally posted by buellwinkle View Post
      Most of IP cameras come with free software. For example, Mobotix has pretty good software it comes with, albeit you are limited to recording from Mobotix cameras.

      The same applies to many other IP camera manufacturers... D-Link, Hikvision and quite of few others... The problem is that they want you to be locked into their own software solution and so that you can buy only their IP cameras... Big mistake.. Such solutions never had any serious interest nor will have a chance to be any sort of industry acceptable solution. This statement is based on facts and nothing less.

      I personallly stay away from Axis because they charge way too much for their software.

      I thought Axis is a top tier manufacturer - ... They like to call themselves "Pioneer" of the IP technology... so does most of the major brands... Who do you believe and why? Each such company uses their marketing ploy to gain some sort of traction regardless the industry needs.

      The top tier company that I know in this biz is Milestone XProtect and Exacq Technologies. Also, some of these companies give you a single camera license free to you can spend as much time as you want evaluating a solution.

      Meaning? So you have a chance to find how well their software work and then what? Do you really want to pay exorbitant amounts for IP connection per IP camera license fee? If so, that is perfectly fine, but from our perspective, that cost either should drop substantialy (I think no more than $10 per connection maximum) or... face the reality check when this software gets on its feet.

      Here's some links for the google challenged -
      http://www.milestonesys.com/
      http://www.exacq.com
      http://www.griffid.com/
      http://luxriot.com/

      As for Linux vs Windows vs OS X, does it really matter. Heck, on my Macbook I run CentOS 5.3 bit and Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bit on VMWare fusion. You almost have to on OS X to run everything you normally run on a PC. Heck, OS X is so lame, I can't even run Outlook on it.

      I think it matters and is very important to have a solution that works on all known platforms without any problems... We do not know nor can predict how many people have one type of OS vs. other OS systems nor that should be a contingency - I rather have the choice knowing that a software solution can work in any platform rather than just on lets say Windows platform only.

      Dependent who the audiences may be, from home owner to fortune 500 companies, each have their own preferences and their own platforms. Most likely home owners will be stuck with Windows (main stream solution already in place) and other could decide to work on Linux or BSD and some customers may prefer MAC environment (we have 18 customers right now that will not change their platform away from MAC). I think versatility on the software is a good thing and should not be restricted to operate only on selected OS platform. - At least that is what we think!

      Recently we started to transport the entire solution into Java - common plug-in available in any OS environment. Our initial observations were that we see better picture quality in MAC environment than the others, but not much to make a huge difference.
      http://www.cctvshowroom.com
      http://www.everythingcctv.com

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      • #18
        I know this thread is a little old but I just found this forum and joined it yesterday.

        I am the security technology specialist for Arkansas Children's Hospital and we use Milestone and have used it for about 3 years now. We went with Milestone because it was fairly easy to use, the customer service was great, and because they integrate with the most access controls. The camera's that I went with are Axis camera. We tested many different cameras and decided that the Axis was the best fit for us.

        we had problems with it at first but that is a given with every new product. Once we got all the kinks out it works great. right now we have 285 camera on our campus and we add about 8 a month. we have a new wing that we are building and in that building we will be adding 128 cameras to it. If someone is looking into purchasing IP camera software i would highly recommend milestone.

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