Video security and surveillance for small business may never be the same. GotoCamera, a new web-based service, makes it easy and affordable for even non-techies to watch over your bar, retail store or any other business by using your Internet connection and low-cost webcams you may already own. Conventional systems require costly equipment and can be challenging to set up and operate. GotoCamera is a simple (“built for the average Joe”) web application you connect to with standard USB and webcams, including those built into your laptops and PCs.
It works like this: Register at GotoCamera. Download and install the GotoCamera client (program). Launch the program (password protected), choose a name for your camera(s) and the picture quality you want, and hit OK. When you log in to your account at GotoCamera, you’ll see your cameras listed under My Cameras. Click on the camera icon to see a live image from one camera; the multi-image icon for a series of auto-refresh live images; the video icon for a 10-second video clip recorded on demand; or the stream icon for a live stream. You can set up a recording schedule, share your camera and view archives.
There’s a free trial until the end of September, and then there will be a free basic service that handles one camera. The intro price for full service will be only $29.95 per year, which includes up to four cameras, streaming video and additional storage. You can also get alerts on your mobile phone.
GotoCamera is also introducing a free mobile app that will let you repurpose old mobile phones into video surveillance devices. You can place the device in a key location, connect to a Wi-Fi network and check in on what’s happening at any time.
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