Is My Camera Alive

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Is My Camera Alive

Post by stevewrightnz1 » Fri Jan 10, 2020 3:20 am

Hi guy's

I'm looking for a way to determine whether individual camera's are alive and get an email when they are down.

Tried using a filter but they only seem to work on events?

Do I need to use a script outside ZM and use the API to get the camera status?


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Re: Is My Camera Alive

Post by mikb » Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:47 pm

stevewrightnz1 wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 3:20 am
... individual camera's are alive ...
What kind of cameras (Network/IP Cameras, or analog connected to a capture card, or USB connected to a machine ...) ? That will affect how you go about checking them.

For network cameras, I have a script (which also services all other networked devices), bouncing "ping" packets off them every few seconds, and making sure that that they all come back. If a camera crashes/disconnects network/loses power, this lets me know.

It won't tell me about more sneaky things, like camera responds to ping but has got itself in a state and is not returning a valid picture. That would need more work ;)

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