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How to Monitor CCTV Equipment with PRTG

The PRTG Free Download CCTV is used in more areas. Today I would like to introduce some cases of using value-added video surveillance solutions, and show you how to integrate your CCTV system into your PRTG Network Monitor environment. Before we start, let's look at the definition of CCTV.
iClosed-circuit television (CCTV), also known as video surveillance, is the use of a video camera to send signals to certain places, on limited monitor devices. 

Although almost all video cameras conform to this definition, the term is most often applied to those used for surveillance in areas that require observation and where security is needed. If you want to learn more about CCTV, I recommend article 4 Thoughts about Patrick (and Urban Life Future) for you.

Use the Case from a CCTV Solution that Increases Value

There are many possible value-added use cases from CCTV solutions:

• Regional supervision
• Entry monitoring
• Perimeter control
• Supervision of exhibition objects in museums and galleries
• Control the production process
• Security monitoring of public spaces

(Rest-) What API?

If your camera solution has an API interface, then each of your camera solution manufacturers or suppliers also offers the API definition needed for communication. If you need further API information, please see directly on the manufacturer's website. Our outstanding support team is happy to help you with PRTG related questions but doesn't know the definition of API from countless device manufacturers on the planet in PRTG Free Download.

Step-by-Step Guide to Using an Axis Camera

To give you an example of how to monitor AXIS Q6115, there are a number of steps that must be followed to add such devices and sensors related to your PRTG installation. Download MIB files containing ROIS AXIS and MIB AXIS VIDEO files from the download area of ​​the Axis website. 

Use the MIB Paessler Importer to import the MIB file and make the OIDlib file copy this file to the subfolders / snmplibs from your PRTG installation. Create a new device in your PRTG installation and add the SNMP Library sensor select the OID file you just created in the drop-down menu and add it to the sensor. Now you can choose from a list that provides the censorship you want and this is it.

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Don't Watch Your Staff

Unfortunately, there are several companies out there who want to control their workforce with video surveillance. Despite the fact that such practices conflict with public decency, this is illegal in many countries. That's why I want to convey personal requests to all managers and bosses who think employee supervision is a good idea.

Trust your employees and use tools such as video surveillance just for the purpose designed for them! Filming employees consciously or unconsciously to control them is not one of them. Sascha Neumeier, Against human supervision Well, quite a lot. Of course, what I explained in this article also works for almost all other IP-capable devices that offer all types of data communication (SNMP, API).

How Do I Monitor CCTV with PRTG?

Now you might read this article because you already have a CCTV solution used and want to monitor it with PRTG. Basically monitoring CCTV is very dependent on which data is available and shared by your device. However, as a rule of thumb, if your device can communicate via SNMP or if you can pull data through any type of REST API or HTTP API, you can monitor your device with PRTG.

In general we recommend that you at least ping the device (provided it's based on IP) to see if the device is active and running (this can be done by our Ping Sensor). Or, if you have a web GUI, you can use our HTTP sensors to make sure the GUI works in PRTG Free Download properly.