Monitor your CCTV system with PRTG
Using a CCTV system usually means that a vital part of your security status depends on this CCTV system.
Failures in your CCTV system cause massive security issues.
PRTG can help to prevent downtime, while ensuring performance, clarity and ease of use.
A camera doesn’t make it a CCTV system
To ensure good (physical) security, your CCTV systems must constantly function. But only having your cameras running doesn’t mean that your CCTV system is working. Storage problems, failures in data transmission or power supply issues can affect your video surveillance more than the loss of a few cameras. A video surveillance system includes multiple components, each of them essential for the the entire system to function:
One monitoring system for everything
To assure functionality of the entire CCTV system, every single component must be monitored for availability and performance – 24/7. Many subsystems have their own monitoring functionality, but using multiple solutions for monitoring leads to significantly more effort for your daily work than one central solution. On top of that, a multitude of monitoring tools increases the risk of missed warnings. Ideally, there is one central monitoring solution that can include classic IT (storage, network, IT infrastructure) as well as cameras and video systems and a power supply.
Identify the right monitoring solution
A monitoring solution for your CCTV systems must also meet all standard requirements like:
Feature set, usability, price performance ratio, licensing, implementation effort, technical support.
But, in this case you should pay special attention to the following aspects:
CCTV cameras, DVRs, and also power supply are not standard IT devices. While most IT monitoring solutions can handle standards like IT networks, storage systems or IT infrastructure, only a few can easily integrate devices beyond IT. This requires comprehensive options to easily generate individual monitoring.
of distributed sites
All CCTV components are not always located within one closed network. Especially cameras can be spread over multiple sites or even countries. This requires that the monitoring solution offers a simple and affordable option for monitoring distributed locations.
Especially when it has to do with security, it’s vital that the monitoring solution supports mobile alerting via SMS or push notification beyond standard methods like email or desktop notification to make sure that the person in charge can be reached at any time, in any place. In most cases, CCTV systems have to be online and working smoothly 24/7.
CCTV monitoring with PRTG Network Monitor
With PRTG Network Monitor, Paessler offers a monitoring solution that is a perfect fit for monitoring CCTV systems.
PRTG is one of the world's leading IT monitoring solutions,
thanks in particular to its ease of use, comprehensive IT monitoring functionality and simple,
customer-friendly price and license model.
With PRTG, you can create maps in HTML format within minutes via drag & drop. Add floor plans as background images to your maps and include your cameras’ video streams together with status and performance data of cameras and relevant CCTV components. By adding your cameras' geo or address data, you can show them automatically in the PRTG geo maps.
Using so-called remote probes, PRTG allows the monitoring of any number of locations in a particularly lean manner with each license. You simply install a PRTG remote probe (a Windows service) on a Windows server at the location to be monitored. This remote probe collects all relevant data there and sends it TLS-encrypted to the central instance.
Monitoring beyond the standard
Thanks to its well-documented interface and numerous templates for the simple creation of individual queries, PRTG allows the simple and uncomplicated integration of almost all devices. For many manufacturers, PRTG provides ready-made device templates so that the integration can be automated.
Email, SMS, push...
PRTG supports all common methods of alerting, from email to SMS to push notifications. In addition, PRTG can also trigger an action and, for example, initiate a device’s restart if necessary. In this way, first measures can be automated, and response times can be significantly reduced.
Paessler named Gartner Peer Insights Customers' Choice in the category IT Infrastructure Monitoring Tools.
“Excellent tool for detailed monitoring. Alarms and notifications work greatly. Equipment addition is straight forward and server initial setup is very easy. ...feel safe to purchase it if you intend to monitor a large networking landscape.”
Infrastructure and Operations Engineer in the Communications Industry, firm size 10B - 30B USD
Success stories from our customers
Companies around the world trust PRTG when it comes to ensuring the function of their CCTV systems.
Weather Metrics: Weather for the USA
Weather Metrics provides weather data and images to hundreds of TV channels in the United States. The company operates numerous combined camera / weather stations. Weather Metrics is currently monitoring around a thousand stations with 250 PRTG remote probes - and the number is increasing. Licensing and price played a key role in choosing PRTG. This reduces the overall cost of Weather Metrics' offer, which benefits the company's customers.
Mobotix cameras at Wagner & Co Solartechnik
Wagner & Co Solartechnik GmbH is one of the leading manufacturers of solar systems in Europe with an IT network that spans six countries. With PRTG, Wagner also has a reliable view of the CCTV system based on Mobotix surveillance cameras.
Safe football stadiums in Uruguay thanks to CCTV and PRTG
Violence is a major problem in Uruguay's football stadiums. Despite the ban on stadiums, violent fans keep coming to the stadiums where they endanger safety. The Uruguay Football Association (AUF) has therefore installed video surveillance systems in the three largest stadiums in Uruguay through the companies Teletipos and CDT LATAM, which can be used to identify known hooligans in the entrance area via facial recognition. To ensure the function of the CCTV systems, Teletipos and CDT LATAM use PRTG and thus monitor all components of all CCTV systems used.
PRTG Network Monitor helps PET-Xi keep a close eye on its network
PET-Xi is one of the largest and most well-renowned education training providers in the UK. Based in Coventry, it delivers intensive, resultsbased programs to students in Maths and English, aimed at helping them to excel from primary level to GCSEs and beyond. As a company that has worked with over 500 schools across the UK, maintaining a consistent level of operation is crucial, with the IT infrastructure an important part of this. IT Manager David Harris joined PET-Xi in July 2015, and is responsible for ensuring that the company’s 70 full-time staff and 500 contractors are able to do their jobs with the support of a robust and reliable IT network.
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