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Glossary: Scheduled Recording

One of the main uses for IP cameras today is security for your home or business. They are great tools for monitoring your property and can provide instant feedback when alarms have been triggered. Sometimes though you may want to switch them off.


A camera which is installed in a home is perfect for alerting you to intruders when you are at work or on vacation but in the main, it’s not necessary to be alerted when you are at home. This is where scheduling becomes useful.

As part of setting up alarm events in the camera (such as a motion detection event), most IP cameras today also offer the scheduling of events allowing you to specify when the camera should alert you and when it shouldn’t.

An example would be to set a schedule which activates motion detection events during the day while you are at work and turn off at the time when you return home. This means that the camera will only send emails throughout the day when you are not home, otherwise your inbox would fill up with pictures of yourself at home, which isn’t entirely useful to most people.

Recording Software

Scheduling also forms a large part of how recording software operates as a system can be set up to do many tasks automatically, making the operators role streamlined and more efficient, especially if the security system contains many cameras. In some applications, other tasks such as archiving, guard patrolling, emailing etc. can all be set to a specific schedule, sometimes on a per-camera basis.

An example of a schedule in graphical form - BB-HNP15 Timer List

Published on August 15th, 2008 by Greg

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