Video Management Systems –
Collect short video footage from cameras and other sources and records / stores that video to a storage device Provides an interface to both view the live video, and access recorded video.
A Video Management Systems can be the software component of a network video recorder and digital video recorder, though in general a VMS tends to be more sophisticated and provide more options and capabilities than a packaged NVR device.

Due to improvements in technology, it is necessary to make a distinction between a VMS and the built-in features of modern network based security cameras. Many modern network cameras offer internal capabilities to record and review video directly themselves via a web browser and without the use of a VMS. However, a camera’s built-in web interface is typically exclusive to the camera itself and does not normally provide a shared access capability across other network cameras.

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