Digital Watchdog Spectrum IPVMS

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DW Spectrum® IPVMS is an elegantly easy cutting-edge approach to video surveillance, addressing the primary limitations of managing enterprise-level HD video while offering the lowest total cost of deployment and ownership on the market.

DW Spectrum® IPVMS now includes DW® Cloud™ to easily manage all your systems and users from a simple web-page.

DW Spectrum® IPVMS is a perfect solution for applications that require ease of use, speed, efficiency and unprecedented image quality.

  • Open architecture / cross-platform
  • Interface is dramatically easier to use.
  • Enterprise features are standard
  • Part of a complete end-to-end IP solution.
  • Lifetime upgrades included / no annual agreements
  • Scalable from one to thousands of devices.


  • NEW in v.4.2! Intel® quick sync video
  • C2P integration
  • Dual Stream RTSP/HTTP
  • Failover on storage failure
  • Layout-as-an-action
  • System update
  • Virtual camera (import offline video)
  • H.265 support to ONVIF cameras
  • Metadata SDK
  • Plugins
  • Webcam support
  • IP camera auto-discovery
  • I/O device support
  • Manually add streams
  • Device lists (mgmt)
  • Support to cameras at every resolution
  • Multi-sensor camera support
  • Server hive architecture
  • Cross-platform
  • No annual maintenance fees
  • One-click complete system upgrade
  • Store anywhere
  • Web admin
  • Event rules engines
  • Built-in developer tools
  • Incredibly lightweight
  • Notifications
  • One-time recording license charge, fully transferable between cameras and encoders
  • Simple enterprise scalability


  • NEW in v.4.1! Native support for the MEGApix IVA and IVA+ cameras
  • NEW in v.4.1! Redesigned PTZ controls
  • NEW in v.4.2! Enhanced fisheye dewarping
  • Add device interface
  • Minimum grid size on layouts
  • Notifications panel
  • Resource panel
  • Secure export
  • Custom watermark over video
  • Launch desktop client with CLI
  • In-camera analytics
  • Bitrate throttling
  • Seamless transition from live to playback
  • Watch live and playback video on the same screen
  • Easy monitoring
  • Enhanced export
  • Web client compatibility
  • Easy bookmark export
  • Archive integrity check
  • Custom camera ID
  • Flex GRID user interface
  • Support to cameras at every resolution
  • Universal fisheye dewarping
  • Advanced PTZ
  • Region of interest with SpyGlass™
  • Smart motion search
  • Adaptive timeline
  • Calendar search
  • Preview search
  • Synchronized or unsynchronized playback
  • Screen record
  • Cloud connect
  • User management
  • Adaptive scaling
  • Multi-camera viewing
  • Super lightweight
  • Secure and encrypted
  • Multi-video export
  • Unbelievably fast search
  • Soft triggers
  • Storage analytics
  • Showreel
  • Two-way audio
  • E-mapping system capabilities
  • Text-to-speech for event notifications
  • Event rules engine
  • HTTP events and actions
  • Bookmarks
  • Integration with Control4™ home automation
  • IP intercom device support
  • Image enhancement
  • Event log reports and search
  • Centralized management
  • Health monitor
  • System backup and restore
  • Minimize video recording loss
  • Audit trail
  • Edge integration
  • Videowall
  • Help manual

DW Cloud™

  • NEW in v.4.2! Camera management
  • NEW in v.4.2! Server management
  • NEW in v.4.2! License management
  • NEW in v.4.2! USer management
  • Cloud system merge
  • Cloud connect
  • Share access
  • Unlimited systems
  • Web viewing
  • Secure and encrypted
  • Cloud API


  • NEW in v.4.1! Push notifications
  • Low latency
  • Mobile app for iOS and Android
  • DW® SiteViewer™ for AppleTV
  • Live thumbnails
  • Multi-system switching
  • Fisheye dewarping
  • Secure and encrypted
  • PTZ control
  • Soft triggers

For developers

  • Server API
  • Video source SDK
  • Storage SDK
  • HTTP generic events
  • HTTP requests-as-an-action
  • Metadata SDK



IP Protocols
Static, DHCP, wireless
Mobile applications
Apple® iOS devices: iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, iPod Touch Android® devices: all smartphones and tablets
ONVIF conformant
Network connection
1000 Mbps



Camera image control
Brightness, contrast, saturation, hue, 3D-DNR, WDR, camera firmware upgrade and reboot
Firmware upgrade
USB drive, network upgrade, FTP remote upgrade
Recording mode
Continuous, motion, motion + low resolution always
Search modes
Instant motion-based smart search, advanced thumbnail search, calendar search, preview search, bookmarks, frame-by-frame search
Special features
Fully customizable layouts, easy drag-n-drop camera management and recording
Compression type
H.265, H.264, MJPEG, MPEG4
Pre-alarm recording
External export devices
Micro SD card, USB flash drive, USB HDD



Dual-stream recording
Operating system
Linux®, Windows®, Mac® (client only)
Maximum recommended elements in a single system
Maximum recommended servers in a system: 100.
Maximum recommended resources in a system: 10,000.
Maximum recommended users in a system: 1000.
The maximum number of MEGApix® CaaS™ all-in-one edge cameras in a single system is 30 cameras (all in the same local network, using MEGApix CaaS cameras only).
Maximum Blackjack® DW-BJMINI in a system: 5 (all in same local network).
* The maximums above are based on lab testing results and could vary significantly based on a project’s real-world environment.

System requirements*


Operating systemMicrosoft Windows OS

Microsoft Windows is supported by both DW Spectrum® Server and Client.

• Windows 8 – Released: October 2012 | EoS: 01/2023
• Windows 8.1 – Released: October 2013 | EoS: 01/2023
• Windows 10 – Released: July 2015
• Windows Server 2012 – Released: August 2012 | EoS: 10/2023
• Windows Server 2012 R2 – Released: October 2013 | EoS: 10/2023
• Windows Server 2016 – Released: October 2016 | EoS: 01/2027
• Windows Server 2019 – Released: October 2018 | EoS: 01/2029

**NOTE: DW Spectrum IPVMS for Windows can be installed as a software bundle or the Server and Client software can be installed separately.

Ubuntu (Debian-based Linux) OS
Ubuntu/Linux is supported by both DW Spectrum Server and Client.
• Ubuntu 16.04 LTS “Xenial Xerus” – Released: April 2016 | EoS: 04/2024
• Ubuntu 18.04 LTS “Bionic Beaver” – Released: April 2018 | EoS: 04/2028

**NOTE: DW Spectrum IPVMS for Ubuntu is only available for separate installations (not bundled).

Macintosh OS
macOS is supported only by the DW Spectrum Client. DW Spectrum Server is not available for macOS.
• macOS 10.14 “Mojave” – Released: September 2018
• macOS 10.15 “Catalina” – Released: October 2019
• macOS 11.0, 11.1, 11.2 “Big Sur” – Released: November 2020

**NOTE: DW Spectrum IPVMS for macOS is only supported by the DW Spectrum Client.

ProcessorIntel® Core i3® 4th gen processor
(or higher)
Intel® Core i5® 4th gen processor
(or higher)
Video cardIntegrated Intel® graphicsGeForce® GTX 480 video card
Network interface1 Gbps1 Gbps
Hard disk space500GB HDD256GB SSD

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