IP cams

i’ve been playing a lot with panasonic bl-c1 cameras, they get you about 4 fps on a 640×480 resolution with best quality (‘precision’ setting). there are 11 with half-duplex 100Mb network, i use the 4 other strands for power. about $100 a piece. server P4-1800-400-512 can do about 1fps per 5% cpu, fast enough for the purpose. needs 80MB RAM per cam to buffer!

what i’m missing though is a setting to pull BMP etc off the cams – it doesn’t make sense on the LAN to compress the pics, then transfer to the server, and uncompress them to analyse for motion. bandwith on the LAN is plenty, and cheap, but compression takes time and power ( = heat and $) … maybe some firmware change?