NextAlarm Offers App to Monitor Surveillance Cameras

Program provides access to security systems through an Android tablet or phone.
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Program provides access to security systems through an Android tablet or phone.

NextAlarm Monitoring Services Inc, an alarm monitoring service provider and technology developer, has made available an app to the Android market that allows users to access security systems through their Android tablet and phone.

The app—which is known as NextView—is a video surveillance service and line of wireless cameras that work on their own, or tie into any security alarm system monitored through the VoIPAlarm signal-processing platform. The service is now available to Android phone and tablet owners.

The line of NextView cameras currently includes a fixed camera and a movable camera with remote pan and tilt, according to NextAlarm. All the cameras have customized firmware that allows the NextView service to react to any alarm event, the company says. When an alarm panel reports an event through the VoIPAlarm platform, the system provides the customer and authorized dealer with video prior to and after the alarm event.

Using a proprietary buffering technology, the camera continually captures and discards small amounts of video footage, according to NextAlarm. When an alarm occurs or motion is detected, the camera uploads the buffer to NextAlarm servers, which includes video taken just before the event. The subscriber or authorized dealer can thus view the seconds leading up to an event, as well as video taken after the event occurred.

The new app offers full access to the NextView service and users are able to view all footage archived on their accounts at any time, using an intuitive calendar interface or by selecting from a list of alarm signals and other events, NextAlarm says. The app also allows for live viewing of up to 16 cameras, and works over 3G or WiFi, the company adds.