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Published by Marie on December 18, 2015 10:37 AM

Remote-Monitoring-Blog-Image-12-17-15.jpgOne of the most important benefits of modern IP video surveillance systems is the flexibility in video management - using the power of the internet you can log into your system and see surveillance video at any time whether you are at work or not.

Remote monitoring allows you to monitor and manage your surveillance system from a computer anywhere with an internet connection using port forwarding (learn how to set up port forwarding). A mobile app, on the other hand, allows you to log into your system using a smart phone.

There are mobile apps for remotely managing your video surveillance system for both iPhone and Android systems. In addition, several leading manufacturers have mobile apps, including:

While specific features will vary between remote and mobile applications and manufacturer, in general you will be able to view live and recorded video and manage alerts. This gives managers and security staff greatly increased flexibility in how and when they respond to issues back at work if they are off-site for other projects, get notifications late at night or on the weekends, or on vacation.

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Published by Ellen on June 1, 2012 10:24 AM

Melter Corporation, a manufacturer and exporter of water cooled components made for the steel company, recently installed high-performance network security cameras in order to become Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism-certified. At present, more than 60% of the company's production is exported to Canada, the United States, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America.

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Published by Marie on March 23, 2012 1:05 PM

The Giant Panda has been an endangered species since the 1980s, and is now helping to grow the small panda population. Using Vivotek IP8332 Outdoor Bullet Cameras, PDXWildlife can now track female panda behavior to improve the breeding program.

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Published by Marie on March 15, 2012 1:35 PM

Vivotek's Supreme IP Camera Series is setting a new standard for low-light HD surveillance systems. When security matters, a high-performing camera like the outdoor IP8362 or the SD8362E PTZ can be monitored and controlled from any networked computer to ensure you're never too far away. The Supreme Line is composed of 15 cameras including box type, bullet type, speed dome, indoor/outdoor fixed dome, mobile dome, and fish-eye cameras.

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Published by Margeaux on February 2, 2012 9:06 AM

We are offering three new Vivotek PTZ dome cameras with D1 video resolution. All three are IP66-rated for rugged weatherproof performance and feature wide dynamic range, 360° continuous panning, progressive scan and day/night function.

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Published by Margeaux on December 28, 2011 7:58 AM

The Vivotek FE8171V is a discreet vandal-proof dome IP camera with 180° panoramic view or 360° surround view. This camera is a great choice for use in high security areas, thanks to a 3.1-megapixel sensor and digital zoom.

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Published by Amelia on September 9, 2011 1:55 PM

Faced with an outdated system, the Phuket International Airport undertook a project to increase security by providing better monitoring on the taxiway connecting runways to the terminal and other airport facilities. Four Vivotek IP8332 day/night H.264 bullet cameras were installed at strategic locations on the taxiway and by the boarding gates. The cameras are supported by Vivotek’s video management software ST7501.

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Published by Margeaux on September 2, 2011 2:07 PM

We are now offering two additional cameras, the Vivotek PZ8111 PTZ indoor daytime camera and the Vivtotek IP8331 day/night outdoor bullet.

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Published by Amelia on August 1, 2011 10:30 AM

We're kicking off the month of August with a brand new promotion celebrating Vivotek, one of the leading manufacturers of IP cameras in the video surveillance industry. Now through the end of August all Vivotek IP cameras are 10% off.

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Published by Amelia on July 18, 2011 2:33 PM

At a recent security show in Taiwan Vivotek walked away a big winner at The Camera Excellence Awards. Taking home an award for the IP8162P network camera from the advanced Supreme series, the camera had to pass through a two phase selection process to meet rigorous eligibility requirements.

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Published by Margeaux on June 7, 2011 11:40 AM

Vivotek has released a new video codec which enables video to be divided into layers that can be individually configured for resolution and frame rate. Scalable Video Coding (SVC) is based on industry-leading H.264 video compression.

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Published by Margeaux on May 17, 2011 1:09 PM

Good news for those using Vivotek IP cameras; now you can turn your iPhone or iPad into a remote monitoring station. iViewer allows users to view live video feeds from anywhere within a 3G network with a compatible touch screen device.

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Published by Margeaux on February 24, 2011 8:42 AM

Gas stations around the world present a challenging surveillance scenario; they seem to be a magnet for crime and vandalism. With constantly changing light, so many people coming and going and tough outdoor conditions, gas stations require durable, powerful cameras.

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Published by Margeaux on February 22, 2011 10:10 AM welcomes four new Vivotek IP cameras: Vivotek FD8133V, Vivotek FD8134V, Vivotek IP8151P and Vivotek IP8352.

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Published by Margeaux on February 16, 2011 8:51 AM

An Iraq oil refinery recently updated its analog security camera system to a more robust and updated solution. Using Vivotek VS7100 video servers and Vivotek RX7101 video receivers, the oil refinery upgraded from analog video to digital video while still using existing cameras.

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Published by Amelia on February 4, 2011 4:20 PM

Two Vivotek cameras were recently awarded Taiwan Excellence awards from the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA). The awards are administered to recognize products that create outstanding value through innovation.

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Published by Margeaux on January 13, 2011 9:44 AM

Thanks to funding from a federal grant, police in Canton, Ohio are now using Vivotek IP video surveillance cameras to monitor city crime. The Canton Police Department (CPD) recently purchased eight Vivotek IP7361 cameras for day and night surveillance of outdoor areas. Police hope strategically placed cameras will document crimes in public areas, thereby increasing accountability of criminals and helping make Canton a safer town.

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Published by Amelia on January 11, 2011 9:59 AM

Vivotek recently partnered with Milestone Systems and developed a new testing regime for ONVIF compatibility to help ensure that surveillance products will perform reliably without running into unanticipated incompatibilities. In recent years, Vivotek has taken an active role in developing ONVIF-compatible technology and products.

ONVIF defines a common protocol for the exchange of information between network devices such as network cameras. The exchange of information includes video streaming, intelligence metadata, and automatic device discovery.

The full range of the 8000 series of Vivotek products is now compatible with Milestone XProtect video management software using the ONVIF interface. Cameras including the IP8161, FD8161, IP8330, IP8332, and the FD8361 have been tested for compatibility applying the new testing regime developed in-house by Vivotek using Milestone XProtect Enterprise 7.0c for around 50 test cases. The test cases looked at Smart Client live monitoring, video stream settings, ePTZ usage in megapixel cameras and more.

The latest 8000 series of Vivotek cameras have more efficient video compression using the H.264 compression standard. The 7000 series of Vivotek can also be supported by Milestone XProtect using the ONVIF interface.

To operate the cameras using the ONVIF interface select ONVIF Conformant Device in the Advanced or Manual mode of "Add hardware devices" in the XProtect software interface. This step will ensure that the Vivotek products will be detected by the Milestone software and can begin recording. Video streams from the Vivotek cameras should be configured to the H.264 compression standard for the best results.

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Published by Margeaux on December 20, 2010 2:45 PM

Volcanologists have yet to discover how to fully predict deadly volcanic explosions. Ingeominas, a Colombian institute dedicated to studying geology and mining, is monitoring seismic activity with Vivotek IP7361 network cameras. The institute captures video for scientific analysis and also to increase the safety of nearby people. With video surveillance, it's possible to alert surrounding populations of an impending explosion at the first sight of unusual activity.

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Published by Margeaux on December 8, 2010 2:23 PM

In the southwest corner of Colorado runs a river called the Dolores. In this rugged, remote country many residents rely completely on treated river water for sanitation and consumption. Every day, Montezuma Water Company (MWC) pipes more than four million gallons of water from a river-fed reservoir. In accordance with increased Homeland Security requirements and to uphold its responsibility to provide safe, potable water, MWC invested in several Vivotek IP7160 and IP7161 cameras.

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Published by Margeaux on December 6, 2010 2:48 PM

We recently added two easy to use yet advanced Vivotek network video recorders to the NR8201 and the NR8301. The NR8201 is a 4-channel NVR that can record on a removable hard disk, an external hard disk and also a USB for backup. Meanwhile, the 8-channel NR8301 can record to a Raid 0 and 1 storage solution and on a USB interface for backup.

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Published by Amelia on October 18, 2010 1:19 PM

The dramatic footage of the rescue operation for 33 trapped Chilean miners had people across the globe glued to their television screens watching the risky undertaking unfold successfully. While the bulk of the credit goes to the rescue operation engineers, a compact Vivotek camera played a surprisingly large role in the events of the day.

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Published by Amelia on October 15, 2010 4:15 PM

Vivotek is looking to establish a new standard of video clarity with their Supreme line of network cameras. The Supreme series boasts impressive video precision for even the most demanding applications. With accurate color reproduction, the HD and 5-megapixel resolution from the line provide clear and detailed images at all times.

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Published by Amelia on September 7, 2010 4:38 PM

Vivotek is expanding their line of fixed network cameras with the IP8151 Supreme Night Visibility model. What makes the IP8151 unique is its impressive ability to capture color footage at night and in low visibility conditions. The Vivotek fixed network camera boasts 1.3 megapixel resolution to capture sharp, clear details in color.

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Published by Dan on August 18, 2010 4:39 PM

Vivotek recently released firmware updates for a number of products in its IP network camera catalog. The latest firmware releases include updates for the Vivotek IP7160 2-megapixel network camera, the Vivotek IP7154 wireless IP camera, the Vivotek IP7153 fixed PoE camera, and the Vivotek PZ71x1 series.

Available firmware updates for these, and many other Vivotek IP cameras, can be found HERE in the download section of

Updating your firmware helps to ensure you’re getting the most out of your IP cameras. These firmware updates typically improve performance, provide increased stability, and offer bug fixes for any common errors. They also often include updates to the GUI (Graphical User Interface).

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Published by Dan on August 17, 2010 4:17 PM

Figuring out the right products to use in a video surveillance system can be tricky. Luckily Vivotek, the manufacturer behind a bevy of IP surveillance products developed an online Design Tool to simplify the process of finding the right products for specific video surveillance projects.

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Published by Dan on July 9, 2010 1:46 PM

We've got more new product announcements out of the Vivotek camp. Coming this August, look for a new set of compact, fixed dome cameras for indoor security applications. The Vivotek FD8133 and its PoE counterpart, the FD8134, each boast a 1-megapixel sensor enabling 1280x800 video resolution at up to 30 frames per second for highly detailed monitoring.

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Published by Dan on July 8, 2010 10:19 AM

Vivotek is rolling out a pair of compact IP mini dome cameras designed for mobile surveillance applications in locations such as buses, trains, and other transportation vehicles. The Vivotek MD7530 offers VGA resolution, while the MD560 features a 2-megapixel CMOS sensor. Both camera models are IP67-rated to withstand shock, vibration, humidity, dust and changes in temperature.

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Published by Dan on March 25, 2010 11:17 AM

We recently added a slew of new IP cameras to the online store. The latest offering is Vivotek's FD8161 fixed-dome network camera. The Vivotek FD8161 delivers outstanding megapixel image quality, plus day/night functionality, making it a solid choice for applications requiring detailed surveillance around the clock.

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Published by Dan on November 12, 2009 11:29 AM

We've added two new megapixel IP cameras from Vivotek to the online store. The Vivotek IP7361 and FD7160 both come equipped with a 2 megapixel CMOS sensor for extremely clear and detailed images. The Vivotek IP7361 is a network bullet camera designed for outdoor use, while the Vivotek FD7160 is a compact fixed dome camera that's especially ideal for tough applications such as video surveillance in transportation vehicles.

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Published by Dan on August 11, 2009 4:13 PM

Vivotek is rolling out a new high-performance network camera offering day/night functionality and H.264 video compression. The Vivotek IP8161 is designed for surveillance applications requiring continuous video monitoring around the clock. The camera features an automatic day/night function and an IR cut filter to capture clear video even in dark conditions.

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Published by Dan on July 9, 2009 9:59 AM

Taxi cabs and buses, with their ever revolving door of customers, are often places where extra security is needed. The Vivotek FD7130 network camera provides added safety measures for rugged vehicular applications. The flat and compact dome FD7130 network camera is a complete mobile surveillance solution helping to deter violence, prevent robberies, and protect passengers and drivers.

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Published by Amelia on July 7, 2009 2:09 PM

Vivotek has just announced the release of their new website featuring their line of megapixel network cameras. Along with specific product information, Vivotek's megapixel website also offers resources and tools to help understand the benefits of megapixel surveillance and its potential applications.

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Published by Dan on July 2, 2009 3:51 PM

Vivotek has announced a new, high-performance speed dome network camera that's loaded with features. The Vivotek SD7313 is designed for wide-area surveillance in outdoor locations. It comes equipped with 35x optical zoom, wide dynamic range, day/night functionality, fast and accurate PTZ control, and a weather-proof IP66-rated housing.

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Published by Dan on July 1, 2009 11:44 AM

The Wintek corporation, a Taiwan-based LCD manufacturer, is using Vivotek network cameras for a challenging, large-scale surveillance installation in its spacious production plant. The goal of the system is to solve security problems while improving management efficiency. The IP surveillance system features 48 Vivotek IP7138 megapixel network cameras, 16 Vivotek FD7131 IP cameras with PIR sensors, and 13 Vivotek IP7151 IP cameras in outdoor enclosures.

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Published by Dan on June 4, 2009 1:47 PM

Co.op Mart is a popular supermarket chain based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The supermarket was looking for a video surveillance upgrade that would enhance security levels against shoplifting and robberies, while also allowing for centralized management and remote monitoring. By installing a network-based solution that uses Vivotek IP cameras, Co.op Mart was able meet these surveillance requirements, utilizing the network cameras for a variety of applications from security to researching customer behavior trends.

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Published by Dan on April 3, 2009 1:36 PM

The folks from Vivotek are on hand at ISC West 2009 showcasing a slew of new IP camera products. One of the new product offerings is the Vivotek IP7161, a fixed network camera that boasts 2-megapixel resolution and day/night functionality. The IP7161 is ideal for wide-area surveillance in locations such as airports and building entrances. And because of its high resolution, the camera is well-suited for applications requiring detailed surveillance for identification, for instance identifying faces in banks, or license plate numbers in parking lots.

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Published by Dan on February 26, 2009 9:12 AM

Vivotek has unveiled a new IP camera that aims to make day/night outdoor surveillance affordable. The Vivotek IP7330 features a weather-proof IP66-rated housing that shields the camera from rain and dust. A cost-effective camera for outdoor surveillance applications, the IP7330 is an all-in-one solution that doesn't require any additional accessories. Like most Vivotek IP cameras, the IP7330 even comes bundled with free 16-channel video management software.

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Published by Dan on February 5, 2009 11:41 AM

The Vivotek IP7142 continues to reel in the awards. Recently it nabbed a GIT Security Award, and now the professional-grade, weather-proof network camera has made the list of Top 10 Innovative Security Products 2008 by China-based CPS Magazine. The CPS award measures innovative technologies, outstanding design, and high performance.

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Published by Dan on January 23, 2009 9:34 AM

Vivotek recently received the ITMonth 2008 Outstanding I.T. Products Award in the software/hardware system integration category. The company snagged the award for its PZ7151/PZ7152 network cameras. The Vivotek PZ7151 is a PTZ network camera featuring 2.6x zoom and pan/tilt functions that provide a wide field of view, and allow users to zero in on distant objects and details. It operates using Power over Ethernet. The PZ7152 version offers additional flexibility with wireless connectivity.

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Published by Dan on November 3, 2008 3:09 PM

Vivotek has released a new, easy-to-use network camera designed for home and small-business surveillance. The Vivotek IP7133 is an affordable, ultra-compact IP camera that offers a number of advanced features including support for 3GPP mobile surveillance, real-time MPEG-4 and MJPEG compression, digital I/O for an external sensor and alarm, and a privacy button to pause monitoring.

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Published by Dan on October 3, 2008 4:05 PM

South Africa's Marulani game farm is a haven for wild life enthusiasts. But because of the area's rugged terrain, properly monitoring the farm can be a difficult task. Recently Marulani solved that problem by installing a wireless surveillance solution using 30 network cameras from Vivotek. The system features the Vivotek IP7132, IP7137, IP7152, and PZ6124 network cameras.

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Published by Dan on September 4, 2008 9:19 AM

Vivotek has released a new fixed-dome network camera designed to provide 24-hour indoor surveillance. The Vivotek FD7132 IP camera offers day/night functionality with a removable IR-cut filter and infrared illuminators for dark conditions. It also boasts a unique 3-axis mechanism that allows for flexible installation on ceilings and walls in locations such as banks, commercial complexes, and office buildings.

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Published by Dan on September 2, 2008 9:13 AM

Vivotek announced this week the launch of its new US subsidiary, Vivotek USA. With a considerable chunk of its IP camera business already taking place in the United States, Vivotek decided the time had come to set up shop on US soil. Vivotek USA now calls California home. The company will handle marketing, tech support, and sales in the US, while also looking to improve customer service and customer relationships.

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Published by Dan on March 31, 2008 2:50 PM

Vivotek is introducing a new set of PTZ network cameras featuring progressive scan CCD for capturing smooth images of moving objects. The Vivotek PZ7151 operates using Power over Ethernet, while the Vivotek PZ7152 is the WLAN model. The cameras are designed for indoor surveillance in locations such as retail stores, banks, and office buildings.

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Published by Dan on March 5, 2008 9:56 AM

Supermarkets and other retail outlets face daily threats of shoplifting, not only from "customers," but also employees. In addition, there is the potential for internal fraud, credit card fraud, robberies, and violent confrontations. Christian Supermarket, located in Argentina, provides us with an example of how a store can better protect itself with an IP-based surveillance system. The store recently installed 10 Vivotek network cameras to monitor entrances, loading areas, public areas, the parking lot, and point-of-sale transactions.

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