What is an IP-based Video Management System (VMS)?

Video Management Systems bring together all the components of a video network

Before IP-based networks, the security industry relied on Closed Circuit TV (CCTV) systems, which put the "closed" feature front and center. These coax-based, stand-alone, analog video systems were electronic wonders.

Imagine managing thousands of cameras via pairs of separate video, power, and control cables, all physically brought back to a centralized matrix switch, and then — with more cables — sent out to individual monitors and displays to various locations throughout a facility.

This article appeared on Oct. 22, 2020 on TechRadar.