CCTV Software for Mobile Phones

CCTV setups are useful as a crime deterrent, and they can also provide owners with peace of mind and the option to check in on their premises when they are away. Many CCTV cameras are now wifi enabled, and allow people to monitor them via a web browser on their desktop PC.

Some setups go a step further than that, and offer people the opportunity to monitor their cameras via a phone, with a simple interface that lets them switch between cameras on demand, and check live views or rewatch footage while on the move.

Finding Good CCTV Mobile Apps

There are several CCTV apps for mobile phones, but the quality, stability, and ease of use of those apps can vary massively. If you are buying a brand-name CCTV IP Camera, then you will probably want to use the app that was supplied with the camera, to ensure maximum compatibility.

For example, Optica manufactures cameras and also offers apps for viewing CCTV footage on Android and iOS devices, including both phones and tablets. While you could use a third party viewer app, it makes more sense to use the proprietary app because it offers additional features such as dual-stream support, PTZ control, and live video streaming. The Optica app works on WiFi, 3G and 4G connections, and makes it easy to share or save snapshots of footage, so if something important happens you can easily locate that portion of the footage again.

QNAP offers an app called VMobile for Android and iOS which has similarly flexible features, including alarm events, snapshots, PTZ, and preset position control, and multiple playback and monitoring options for their cameras. This works well even on a 3G connection and is quite easy to set up as long as you have a NVR server to connect your camera to visit. CCTV Camera Centre Mobile CCTV Specialists


Using a Phone as a Camera

If you’re looking for a good third-party app for home or small business use, Alfred Home Security Camera is a decent choice for iOS device owners. The app is easy to set up and it lets people use their old phone as a camera and monitor the view on another camera. It supports 720p HD video and has motion detection, as well as live streaming options. It’s ideal for basic use as a camera to monitor a baby’s bedroom, or as a ‘home viewer’ for when you’re away on holiday.

If you are a large business owner, you probably want a professional, tamper-proof CCTV setup. For a home user, or for someone who runs a small business and who just wants basic monitoring, IPTV cameras and a mobile app should be more than up to the job. There are plenty of free or low-cost apps out there, so why not test a few to see what works best on your network and with your mobile phone? Most apps are compatible even with older versions of Android, so you have a lot of options open to you for getting your security setup working.

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