Tag Archive | ip camera

ONVIF Notifications and ZoneMinder

ONVIF triggers external events in ZoneMinder

I finally put together everything I had learned about ZoneMinder external event triggering and ONVIF VideoAnalytics.

The result is a script zmonvif-trigger.pl that subscribes to events from several ONVIF cameras. The cameras send these events if something moves in their view field.

On reception of an ONVIF event the script generates a ZoneMinder event.┬áThus the ZoneMinder server does not need to analyze the video streams from several cameras. The cameras themselves watch for any movement. This saves a lot of CPU power and network bandwidth. Read More…

ONVIF Notifications

Having defined a motion detector rule I now want to receive notifications from my ONVIF ip camera.

ONVIF uses the WS-Notification standard for event distribution. This standard defines a publish-subscribe model that uses SOAP web service messages. Read More…

ONVIF Analytics

I wanted to explore more features of my webcam (TV-IP311PI). Apart from probing and streaming it can also do “video analytics”. That is the ONVIF name for motion detection.

From a system architecture point of view, it makes more sense to have each camera analyse its own view field and only then send image data. If we have a central system analysing data from many ┬ácameras the data volume is much larger. Obviously the central system needs to receive image streams from all cameras in order to analyse them. Read More…

ONVIF Probing for ZoneMinder

ONVIF Plug’n’Play

I used the ONVIF API I had assembled to build an automatic configurator for ONVIF cameras in ZoneMinder.

Essentially I put the files from my zm-onvif poject in a folder onvif in my local copy of the ZoneMinder sources. I then added some files to integrate both parts. The most complex task for me was to understand the ZoneMinder architecture.

I have not had the time to upload the code, yet. I uploaded the code and made a pull request to include it in ZoneMinder.
Meanwhile I made some screen shots of my local installation:

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ONVIF for ZoneMinder – Streaming

The Media service

I wanted some quick wins therefore I focused on getting the camera to work. I decided the generic message parsing stuff would have to wait.

With the address I got previously I called the ONVIF Device Management web service method GetServices. Read More…

ONVIF for Linux – Discovery

Completing the proxy generation

First I wanted to get rid of the errors “not implemented” and “deep recursion” that occurred during proxy generation.

I made local copies of all referenced XSDs and replaced references with xsd:anyType or commented out the attributes referencing http://docs.oasis-open.org/wsn/b-2 . This XSD had the most errors and was only referenced by the Event service which I would not use to begin with.

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ONVIF and ZoneMinder

Enters ZoneMinder

I decided to use ZoneMinder as the native linux app to connect to my ip camera. Actually this is much more than an app. It is a complete suite of video surveillance programs. From my furtive glance at their site I got the impression that this system could just as easily control all the cameras in you average shopping mall as provide a static look-out at my coffee machine.

ONVIF specification

A further perusal of the ONVIF specifications showed that the complete interface consisted of Web Services. Seeing this I decided that it would be easier to generate proxies for these Web Services than adapt the existing onvifdm .NET code.

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ONVIF for Linux – 2

I was going to build the onvifdm libraries on Fedora and then build a small sample application to test my ip camera.

First I downloaded the source code from the onvifdm project on Sourceforge:

svn checkout svn://svn.code.sf.net/p/onvifdm/code/trunk onvifdm

I tried to build on Fedora so I got the necessary mono compilers. Directions by the F# Software Foundation were not immediately applicable to Fedora and Fedora 20 did not pack the necessary versions (>= 3.0).

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ONVIF for Linux

I wanted to use my Trendnet OUTDOOR POE 3MP DOME DAY/NIGHT (TV-IP311PI) ip camera with linux.

The camera came with only Windows software. The manual promised support for “ONVIF 2.1” though.

A quick research showed that ONVIF is both an industry consortium and a family of specifications. They try to standardize access to ip cameras and other security devices.

I thought with a standardized interface it should be possible to connect this camera to some existing linux software.

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