With Grids, you can create and customize an array of up to 12 live camera feeds per page for live video monitoring. Grids are created on a per-user basis and users will only see cameras for which they have view permissions.

Note: It is best practice to set up custom grids because the default All Cameras Grid cannot be modified.

Grid Setup

  1. Select the Grids button on the top right of the Home page.

  2. Select the + Add Grid button in the top right-hand corner.

  3. Select the checkmark next to a camera you want to add to the grid. Once selected, the camera will appear in the grid above.

  4. When you're done adding cameras, select Done.

Note: Each grid can display up to 12 cameras on a single screen. If you add more than 12, the Grid will cycle through multiple screens every 30 seconds. You can change screens by clicking the arrows at the bottom of the Grid.

Creating a Grid from a Site

Users can also create grids from a site for easier monitoring. Follow these steps to config

  1. From the Home page select the 3 dots next to the site you want to create a grid for.

  2. Select View as Grid.

  3. Select the gear icon in the bottom right-hand corner and choose Create Grid from Site.

  4. Enter the grid name and select Create.

Public Grids

Any user with live-only view access or higher can create public grids that can be viewed by anyone in the organization. However, if a user does not have access to one or more cameras in the grid, they won't be able to view the streams and the cameras show Access Restricted.

Setup steps

  1. Select the grid you want to make public

  2. Select the gear icon in the bottom right-hand corner

  3. Select Make Public

Only the public grid creator can make changes to the grid's settings and delete it. Everyone else (including other org admins) can only view public grids. Public grids have the name of the creator displayed at the top, below the grid name, to denote who created the grid for audit and permission-seeking purposes.

Note: If a user has no view access permissions for all of the cameras in the public grid, the grid will not show up in that user’s grid list.

Video Quality and Local Streaming

You can set the video quality for grids you create. SD will have a shorter delay and consume lower bandwidth than HD. SD consumes 300 to 600 Kbps per camera, depending on camera model. HD has better image quality at the price of increased bandwidth and delay. HD consumes 1 to 3 Mbps per camera, depending on the camera model.

If a local connection is available the grid will default to SD - LOCAL or HD-LOCAL to conserve internet bandwidth. You can verify local connectivity if the camera has a green circle with a white border as shown below. More information on how to set up local streaming can be found inside this article.

Note: Finally, if you're looking for recommended equipment and configuration for a public view monitor (PVM) use case, please reach out to Verkada Support or your Verkada partner.

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