System and method for remote control of surveillance devices

  • US 6,698,021 B1
  • Filed: 10/12/1999
  • Issued: 02/24/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/12/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A video surveillance and monitoring system, comprising:

  • a private network that enables communication with surveillance cameras corresponding to geographic sites;

    wherein at least two surveillance cameras correspond to geographically distinct sites; and

    a centralized off-site control site, including at least one server, said at least one server being coupled to said private network and to a public network, said at least one server being operative to initialize communications between the surveillance cameras and at least one off-site client workstation coupled to said public network, to coordinate the retrieval of video images from all said surveillance cameras, to produce said retrieved video images as live images to the at least one off-site client workstation, and to enable off-site client workstations to effect real-control over selected surveillance cameras, wherein the off-site client workstation cannot initialize communication with the surveillance cameras.

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