One of the most popular questions that we hear from our customers is “What is the best iPhone app to view CCTV cameras remotely over the Internet?”. With the exploding growth of iPhone usage worldwide, it is no surprise that users with video surveillance systems want to view cameras installed in their home and businesses from their iphone. Here are two of the best iPhone apps and surveillance solutions that CCTV Camera Pros recommends for viewing CCTV cameras. One solution uses an Internet enabled stand alone DVR, the iDVR, and the other uses an add-on device called a network video server that enables Internet access for CCTV cameras (with or without the use of a DVR).
Mobile CMS App for iPhone
The iDVR is the best CCTV DVR in its price range that has the type of high end quality and remote viewing support that it does. The iDVR is exclusively sold by CCTV Camera Pros and is available in 4, 8, and 16 channel models. There is a free mobile CMS iPhone app that is compatible with the iDVR that allows users to view their cameras remotely in single screen view as well as 4, 8, and 16 camera view grids on one screen. The quality of this app is the best that we have seen for a stand alone recorder. The app connects to the DVR’s H.264 video stream which enables very fast response time even over slower Internet connections. In addition to supporting remote view for iPhone, the app also works in 2x display mode for iPad and an app is also available for Android and Blackberry smart phones. If you want to view from a laptop or desktop computer, both Windows and Mac computers are supported. The iDVR pricing currently starts at $599 for the 4 channel model.
Click here to view an image gallery and demonstration videos of he remote iPhone viewing capability of the iDVR.
Click here to download the mobile CMS iPhone app for iDVR.
Geovision GV-Eye iPhone App
If you already have a DVR that you do not want to replace but it is missing support for iPhone access, then a Geovision GV-VS04H IP video server and the GV-Eye iPhone app may be the perfect solution for you. The GV-VS04H allows you to connect up to 4 CCTV cameras to it. The video server enables access to your cameras from the iPhone using the free GV-Eye app. Users can easily split the video signals from each of their cameras between their existing DVR and the Geovision video server. Click here to view video server installation options. The GV-Eye iPhone app supports viewing one or 4 cameras per screen and also supports connecting to multiple video servers and Geovision IP cameras. This allows users to view multiple locations from the same app session.
Click here to watch a video demonstration of the GV-Eye App connecting to a Geovision video server.
Click here to download the GV-Eye iPhone app.
About the Author
This article was written by Mike Haldas, co-founder and managing partner at CCTV Camera Pros. Mike is a subject matter expert in the area of video surveillance and mobile software applications. Before starting CCTV Camera Pros with business partner Greg Bond, Mike worked as an Internet software engineer and product manager. Mike has a passion for finding and testing the best video surveillance equipment and software applications available so that CCTV Camera Pros can provide them to their customers. If you have questions about this article or anything related to video surveillance systems and mobile viewer apps, Mike can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.