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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.

Milestone Video Management System

The world’s leading VMS by market share

Wavestore Video Management System

Linux based system for the discerning user