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Video Management Systems

What is a Video Management System?

A video management system, also known as video management software or a video management server, is a component of a security camera system that in general:

  • Collects video from cameras and other sources
  • Records / stores that video to a storage device
  • Provides an interface to both view the live video, and access recorded video
  • Often provide integration gateways to other components ( ie Video analytics or Access control) in a security system

A VMS can be the software component of a network video recorder and digital video recorder, though in general a VMS tends to be more sophisticated and provide more options and capabilities than a packaged NVR device.

For a very large and complex security camera system, there may be too many cameras, too much network bandwidth, too much data to be analyzed, or too much storage required for a single server device to handle the workload.

In this case the workload is divided across multiple server devices, each handling a slice of the overall workload.

The VMS provides a single management interface allowing clients to access camera sources across all servers, making them appear to be a unified collection rather than isolated on multiple independent sources.

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Milestone Video Management System

The world's leading VMS by market share

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Wavestore Video Management System

Linux based system for the discerning user