ZoneMinder, Security Cameras and Linux


If you run a business that uses security cameras such as a hotel, city hostel, and/or Internet cafe, you might be interested in ZoneMinder — a free Linux-based video camera security solution.

Here is a description from the ZoneMinder web site:

"ZoneMinder is intended for use in single or multi-camera video security applications, including commercial or home CCTV, theft prevention and child or family member or home monitoring and other care scenarios. It supports capture, analysis, recording, and monitoring of video data coming from one or more video or network cameras attached to a Linux system. ZoneMinder also support web and semi-automatic control of Pan/Tilt/Zoom cameras using a variety of protocols. It is suitable for use as a home video security system and for commercial or professional video security and surveillance. It can also be integrated into a home automation system via X.10 or other protocols."

The ZoneMinder web sites also has some excellent screenshots.

If you are looking for a free Linux-based security camera solution, ZoneMinder looks like it is worth a try.