Using MOBOTIX cameras for ANPR applications


ANPR is a technology for automatically reading and recording vehicle number plates. This requires the combination of number plate reading software that retains alpha-numeric characters and cameras capable of capturing license plates in all lighting conditions.

Correct application of the basic steps outlined in this article will ensure your MOBOTIX camera will capture the highest quality images for accurate number plate capture.

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How to make sure your cameras are time synchronized


When cameras on the system are all perfectly time synchronized the recorded video is going to be correctly time stamped. This ensures all time-based searching and playback is accurate allowing you to find the right alarm events quickly.

Cameras that are not time synchronized will cause video management issues so setting up time sync is extremely important and should be implemented into every installation.

There are a number of different ways to synchronize your cameras. In this tutorial we will show you a very simple method that requires no additional equipment other than an Internet connection.

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What to do when a MOBOTIX Sensor Module won’t display video


If you have purchased an M15 or S15D fitted with two sensor modules but the camera is only displaying video from one of the sensors, don't worry, in most cases this is easily fixed.

In this tutorial we show you a quick set of troubleshooting steps that will help you resolve the problem.
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MxManagementCenter v1.2: Action Log


Establishing chain of evidence when exporting digital video for use in a courtroom or when sharing with the authorities is critical. This is required to remove any doubt as to the authenticity of the evidence. 

In a court of law the entire investigation process has to be proven and is the first step when authenticating exported digital video evidence. 

This step is now catered for with the new Action Log feature in MxMC 1.2 because all user actions are now logged. This means presentation of evidence from within the system can be retrospectively tracked.

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MxManagementCenter v1.2: Lost Camera Detection


IP cameras can lose wired and wireless network connection at any time for any number of reasons.

With this in mind MxManagementCenter v1.2 now has a Lost Camera Detection feature that ensures you are notified should a camera go offline.

The feature is enabled by default so that you are always kept informed of the health of the system.

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MxManagementCenter v1.2: Alarm Events and Alarm Filtering


The new Alarm Filter feature within MxManagementCenter v1.2 allows you to choose which event types will deliver a visual alarm notification on the display monitor.

The benefit to this feature is that it allows you to decide which alarm event types will be the focus of your attention.

The new feature includes scheduling so you can dictate which event triggers will generate a visual alarm according to specific time periods during the week.

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Why recording devices often slow down over time


If a networked storage device suddenly starts to generate recording errors after a few months, look at how much hard drive space is available as this could be the cause. 

Overfilled hard drives degrade the performance of the storage server and is a common source of errors yet is not always included in the diagnosis. To put it simply: drives are fastest when they are empty. RAIDs behave the same way: empty RAIDs are really fast, full RAIDs are really slow.

In this article we discuss how much "free space" is required to prevent recording errors and maintain optimum write speed.

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