Mobotix cameras (like networked computers) are connected to network switches and routers and thence to a computer network and often to the Internet. In this way, a camera can be configured to send an email message with an attached picture whenever it records an event.

Alternatively, the camera may also be accessed from anywhere in the world via a web browser or a product like QCAM Pro enabling one to monitor remotely what the camera is viewing, and even control devices connected to the camera. This functionality may be accomplished using a computer, a Tablet computer or a Smartphone. This capability lends itself to security monitoring from a dedicated location, perhaps enabling a saving in security guard costs.

We are aware of people who regularly use their Smartphone to look up the cameras installed in their workplaces or homes. This is not a question of spying on employees or family members, but making use of technology to see how busy a retail establishment may be, and to check that ‘every thing’s OK at home’.

Examples exist of cameras around the world that are viewable by the public, including:

Mount Everest (not always visible, presumably due to weather):

http://www.evk2cnr.org/WebCams/PyramidOne/everest-webcam.html

Goolwa Wharf, in South Australia:

http://goolwawharf.alexandrina.com.au/cgi-bin/guestimage.html

Domestic installation:

http://mail.nod.com.au:8001/cgi-bin/guestimage.html

Now lest you think some of these live images do not show movement particularly smoothly, this would be because the camera may be configured with a slow frame rate, or the Internet speed of the connection limits what is practicable.