Monitor CCTV

How to Monitor CCTV Equipment with PRTG

Lately, Monitor CCTV solutions have been used in more areas. Today I would like to introduce some cases of using value-added video surveillance solutions, and show how to integrate CCTV systems into the PRTG Network Monitor environment. 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 the Future of Urban Life) for.

Use the Case from a CCTV Solution that Increases Value

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

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

How Do I Monitor CCTV with PRTG?

Now it's possible to read this article because it already has a CCTV solution that is used and wants to monitor it with PRTG. This is why I will show what options PRTG offers to. Basically monitoring CCTV is very dependent on which data is available and shared by the device. However, as a rule of thumb, if a device can communicate via SNMP or if it can withdraw data through any type of REST API or HTTP API, it can monitor the device with PRTG Monitor CCTV.

In general, we recommend at least pinging 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 properly. Of course, interested in more information than that, so here are some general recommendations about what can be monitored with the sensors we have set:

(Rest-) What API?

If the camera solution has an API interface, then each camera solution manufacturer or supplier also offers the API definition needed for communication. If you need further API information, please see directly on the manufacturer's website. Our exceptional support team is happy to help with PRTG related questions but does not know the definition of API from countless device manufacturers on the planet in Monitor CCTV.

Step-by-Step Guide to Using an Axis Camera

To give an example of how to monitor AXIS Q6115, there are several steps that must be followed to add such devices and sensors related to the PRTG installation.

1. Download the MIB file containing ROIS AXIS and MIB AXIS VIDEO files from the download area of ​​the Axis website.
2. Use the MIB Paessler Importer to import the MIB file and to create the OIDlib file
3. Copy this file to the subfolder / snmplibs from the PRTG installation
4. Create a new device in the PRTG installation and add the SNMP Library sensor
5. Select the OID file you just created in the drop-down menu and add it to the sensor
6. Now you can choose from a list that provides the desired sensor.

Visualize Data on the Dashboard

After collecting all this data, you can create a map that functions as a dashboard for CCTV systems. If you need help integrating videos directly to the map, follow this link. 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 great idea.

Trust employees and use tools such as video surveillance only for purposes 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) in Monitor CCTV.