1. Automatic pictures. Let’s say you want pictures of a particular landmark. You can set the NVR on snapshot mode and take 1 picture every second from your phone and send it to your desktop.
2. Personal security. With the help of a proxy like the DynDNS client, you can walk around and capture video of a place you are visiting. If you are the victim of a crime, your phone can be a silent witness.
3. Phone security. If your phone gets stolen, you will have video of who stole it.
4. Dashcam anyone? No need to buy a separate device. Capture your road trip or commute. If your phone is lost or damaged in an accident, you will still have documentation of the crash.
5. No more missing out. No more “Man! I wish I had my camera!” moments.
6. Baby monitor or home security. No need to buy a camera. Just use an old android device.
I am sure someone can think of a few more uses, but that should about do it.
It is a fairly inexpensive high definition camera that initially seemed incompatible. It is a Dlink DCS-935L that can push HD video at 1280×720. On paper the camera looked compatible but the RTSP video streams could not be read by the software.
Today, Gigastrand re-tested the camera using the still frame URL of the camera. Not only was it viewable in live view, it also displayed and recorded high definition video.
This is a major breakthrough for the Gigastrand NVR. The method can be applied to other cameras thus opening up additional compatibility with HD cameras and resolutions. While this method works in the main NVR software, the Advanced Live View NVR (ALVN) is another matter.
This method is not compatible with ALVN. When the still frame URL is entered into ALVN, a single frame is rendered and doesn’t change until the page is reloaded. This will be resolved in a later version.
ALVN can display some video streams that the main software cannot handle. You can set up ALVN to use a streaming URL instead of the still image URL. Keep in mind that the still image URL might look different from the streaming URL.
Gigastrand will continue to test additional cameras and re-test cameras for enhanced capabilities.
Note: The Gigastrand NVR software works without the need for special instruction in Gigastrand OS 3.0. Earlier versions of Gigastrand OS can run the software, but it will require special instruction. As a rule, however, it is not out of the box compatible with earlier versions of Gigastrand OS.
You can also follow this video we made on how to install the Gigastrand NVR.
If you download the Gigastrand NVR software, it will need to be installed. The install.sh script will automate most of the tasks for you, however, there are a few steps to get to that point. Chrome and Firefox will download the GsNVR.tar.gz file to Computer>Downloads (/home/user/Downloads).
Extract the downloaded file to your home folder (/home/user) also called Computer
Go into the GsNVR folder, right-click on the install.sh file and select Properties
Click on the Permissions tab and select Is Executable
Now we are ready to install.
Right click in a blank area and go to Actions>Open Terminal Here
The process is automated but will prompt you for input in a couple of places. Use the default prompt in all cases.
February 1st 2006, Gigastrand International* was founded. At the time, Linspire was the flagship operating system product, and Gigastrand’s mission was simply Linux advocacy through sales and support. That same month, Gigastrand attended the very last Desktop Linux Summit in San Diego.
Linspire folded in 2007. After looking at creating a Gigastrand distribution and evaluating several existing distributions (including a short-lived distro called Klikit) Linux Mint KDE became the new flagship OS.
From 2008 – 2011, Gigastrand simply existed while it tried and failed at several grand ideas. Some stuck, some didn’t. For those years Gigastrand survived off of the remnant sales of freespire and Linux Mint discs it sold online. Some Ebay and Zazzle sales helped pay for the website.
Then, in 2012, Gigastrand caught several breaks. Ventures into a short-lived wholesaling gig and PC servicing helped generate more revenue than in previous years.
In September of 2012, founder Josh Tordsen rebooted Gigastrand and added services from his previous venture, Gigabytes Computer Store, which he had closed in May 2006. With a small $3000 initial investment, Gigastrand broke sales records year after year. Recently, December 2015, January 2016, and projected sales for February 2016 shatter all previous sales records for those months in the company’s history.
As a part of the reboot, Gigastrand reinvented its Linux advocacy plan by revisiting the idea of Gigastrand OS. It developed the Gigastrand OS into 1.0 and released it January 4th 2014. Six months later, July 14th, 2014, saw the release of Gigastrand OS 2.0 and September 1, 2015 Gigastrand released v3.0 – the first 64 bit version of the operating system.
The effort in developing the OS has been enormous but the results have been encouraging. Gigastrand OS set out to make Linux as easy as possible for everyone. The developers have taken over a decade of trying to convert people to Linux using various distros and incorporated what people want.
The numbers are impressive as well. In the last half of 2015, 100% of new and used computers had Gigastrand OS on them. Since Gigastrand OS 1.0 was released, over 10,000 people have downloaded the operating system. In 2 years of new and used PC sales with Gigastrand OS we have seen a 98% adoption rate and a 0% attrition rate on new computers.
Gigastrand’s bread and butter continues to be technology management and security. It allows the company to focus on development of new solutions like the Gigastrand OS.
What does the future hold for Gigastrand? According to founder Josh Tordsen, a lot.
“Our focus in 2016 will be software. A new version of the Gigastrand OS with more features is not out of the question before the end of 2016. More immediately, we are on schedule to release the Gigastrand NVR software for recording security cameras by the end of February then, in March, we will start porting some Windows software we own to Gigastrand OS.”
In short, Gigastrand continues its original mission of Linux advocacy while adding products and services to an ever-expanding technical portfolio. Gigastrand has had many ups and downs but it continues to move forward.
*In 2015 Gigastrand has dropped the “International” part of its name though some remnants of the old name can still be found.
Gigastrand has begun development of a Linux based video surveillance using the Gigastrand OS as the base operating system. Gigastrand currently sells Windows based hybrid video solutions however, a Gigastrand OS solution has been intended since development began back in 2012. Gigastrand OS has been developed from the start with the intention of a video surveillance solution in mind.
Surveillance Video Recorders on the Gigastrand platform are projected to cost 25% – 50% less than the current systems. This is made possible, in part, due to the lower licensing costs associated with the Gigastrand OS.
The developers have already successfully tested 3 potential video security software solutions to pair with the Gigastrand OS. All have varying capabilities and interfaces but they all function properly in Gigastrand OS. Stability and feature testing will begin soon.
Testing will continue through January with a product release sometime in late February. A special video surveillance edition of the Gigastrand OS will be made available to purchase separately and will be pre-installed on Gigastrand Security systems.
Gigastrand was called in to help a local startup –Escape 605– with audio/video technology and displays for escape rooms. Gigastrand OS machines were used to run the displays and a Gigastrand Security DVR runs the audio and video feeds.
KELO TV did a story on Escape 605 and showed how some of the equipment worked. Briefly, the Gigastrand equipment was shown – including a shot of Gigastrand OS.
Because there was no blueprint, Gigastrand was able to design all of the systems from scratch. Using the Gigastrand OS was a natural fit for this application as it had all of the elements needed to run the room built-in.
The one problem we have is not everything can be run from Gigastrand OS. The DVR and Control PCs need to be Windows PCs (for now). Gigastrand is working on a port for the software.
Gigastrand is also working on some of the imagineering behind the rooms.