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Jabbakam – the online personal community CCTV network


Jabbakam is a new personal community CCTV network which takes standard IP (i.e. Internet) security camera technology and marries it with the kind of crowdsourced online community action that scares the bits out of the ‘Establishment’.

The idea is to let people set up and control their own security IP cameras as they would do normally, using web browser access etc, but to add in a group effect by letting people share footage and coverage as they desire.


The result is a system where you can keep watch on your own cameras, as well as those of your neighbours, or your particular private network, or even a public network, and people can also access whichever cameras you allow. It’s scarily Big Brother, but without the Big…and possibly without the Brother too.


In some ways it’s a very natural progression of the Neighbourhood Watch idea, but done remotely via cameras and people from any part of the world. Imagine you set up a network for your exotic car lovers group on Facebook. You could set up a follow the sun security watch on your car, and other people’s cars, which would be entirely run over the Internet. A guy in Mumbai could watch things for you during the night, and you could do the same for a lady in Michigan.


The cameras can be accessed from mobile phones as well as standard computers, and you can set things up to receive alerts from all the usual suspects, including SMS, email and MMS. Prices are very reasonable too, a typical day’s coverage including image upload and access bandwidth can be as low as £5.00 a month. Anyone fancy some security business disintermediation? Fascinating idea.

 Jabbakam networks enable groups of people with a shared interest to view video footage recorded on their cameras online as and when they want. Networks can be public, invitation only, or completely hidden; as a user you are always in complete control of who has access to the footage from your camera(s). Video footage is sent directly to your Jabbakam inbox where you can search, organise and share your video clips. All data stored on Jabbakam is protected by authentication and authorisation systems.


  • This would be nice if it could host software

  • Quite a strange idea and I'm not really sure what it would be used for? I can't see many reasons why you'd want a small group of people to have access to CCTV footage, in most cases you'd only require one stream for personal use, or want to broadcast something to the world.

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