I have been tasked with the following:
We need to monitor and record (to hard disk) our "goods out" dept while they are packing as some customers are "claiming" shortages even though we know we've sent full consignments.
Our intention is to record the packing then security tape seal all boxes before sending.
The camera needs to be good enough quality to read text on an inner box about quarter inch high, and at the same time be able to cover the area of a pallet (say about 4 feet square - so "zoomable"?). The recording will be switched on/off as required as opposed to running full time.
The recording needs to be able to retrieve this information too.
We would like to have computer remote control (from anywhere - so IP camera?) over the camera movements - pan tilt zoom etc...
We currently have remote access over VPN to our LAN - if that helps. Wireless is an option.
The question I have is, what would be the best way to implement this?
What hardware? What software? At the quality I'm looking for, how much drive space will say a 5 minute clip take up etc ...
I would really like to have advice from somebody with some kind of experience as opposed to some "googled" links (after all, I always start there before coming here!!).