Video monitoring and security system

  • US 7,310,111 B2
  • Filed: 10/10/2002
  • Issued: 12/18/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/12/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A computer especially suitable for use as a video-based security system comprising:

  • a plurality of video inputs each configured to receive an electronic video signal from a video camera;

    at least one processor operationally coupled with the plurality of video inputs and configurable to operate on a digital representation of the electronic video signals from the plurality of video inputs; and

    a network connection to the Internet operationally coupled with the at least one processor, wherein when the computer detects motion in the electronic video signals, the computer generates a compressed representation that includes the motion, and wherein the computer automatically transmits the compressed representation through the network connection as part of an e-mail message only after detecting the motion, and wherein the computer transmits a separate alarm message approximately simultaneous to the transmission of the e-mail.

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