ZoneMinder: A modern video surveillance software system

ZoneMinder: A modern video surveillance software system

ZoneMinder: A modern video surveillance software system

Our safety and security, or that of our loved ones and precious things (assets, real estate and businesses) is often an important part of our lives. For this reason, in the Linuxverse there are some IT solutions aimed at this area of ​​security through video surveillance and video recording. Some being better known than others and with varying degrees of complexity and effectiveness. And one with a long history and forged community is, without a doubt, «ZoneMinder».

And if you have never heard of such software before, it is important that you know upfront that ZoneMinder offers un free set of video camera security apps, focused on the field of low-cost personal or professional video security. Whereby, includes useful commercial or home CCTV features, theft prevention, and child or family monitoring, including nanny cam apps, and much more. As you will learn in more detail below.

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But, before starting this post about the modern video surveillance software system called «ZoneMinder», we recommend you explore a previous related post with this area of ​​video surveillance and recording cameras, at the end of reading it:

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ZoneMinder: CCTV, video surveillance and recording app for Linux

ZoneMinder: App CCTV, video surveillance and recording for Linux

What is ZoneMinder?

According to Official website from the developers of “ZoneMinder”, this software is described briefly and introductory as follows:

ZoneMinder is a state-of-the-art, open source, full-featured video surveillance software system. So it is ideal, to achieve mmonitor your home, office or any place you want. And for this, you canUse ZoneMinder with virtually any hardware available with any common camera, allowing you to design a system as large or as small as you need.

While, in his official section on GitHub the following is added:

ZoneMinder is an integrated suite of applications that provides a complete surveillance solution that allows you to capture, analyze, record and monitor any CCTV or security camera connected to a Linux-based machine. It is designed to run on distributions that support the Video For Linux (V4L) interface and has been tested with video cameras connected to BTTV cards, various USB cameras and is also compatible with most IP network cameras.



Among its main technical characteristics the following stand out:

  • It is free and open source, and it also allows us to have control of our data.
  • It comes with a mobile and desktop client called zmNinja with excellent features.
  • It is easy to install, both from its different installer packages or from its source code.
  • It works with a huge list of cameras and offers one of the most scalable NVR/DVR systems known.
  • Its great APIs allow easy and effective integration with third-party applications, already tested and widely used.
  • There are already amazing third-party integrations that expand your current capabilities, in areas such as: ALPR, object/person detection, event matching, and more.

ZoneMinder leverages contributions from third parties, such as EventServer y zmMagik, to get summaries of objects, people and events combined in real time. AI-powered advanced detection

Installation on Ubuntu

Installation on Ubuntu

As is logically expected, This application or system works on a web interface and requires a LAMP server. Which, very well, could be installed on most of the most used GNU/Linux Distributions, such as: Red Hat / Fedora and Debian / Ubuntu.

And since, its installation and configuration steps are a bit long and very detailed, according to your official documentation, we invite you to explore and study the following official links for installation on Ubuntu:

  1. Official documentation – Installation on Ubuntu
  2. Wiki – Installation on Ubuntu
  3. ZMRepo – Packages for Debian/Ubuntu
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In summary, "ZoneMinder" is one of the few free, open and free IT Solutions with good recognition and path taken in the Linuxverse. Which has been gained step by step, becoming a really useful and effective integrated suite of video surveillance applications, with which you can achieve complete management (capture, analysis, recording and monitoring) of any CCTV system and group of security cameras on a computer with a GNU/Linux Distro installed. However, if you know of another that is equally effective and efficient, we invite you to mention it via comments, for review and future analysis on our website.

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