Add a Hikvision motion-detection camera

How to integrate your existing non-ANPR Hikvision camera with Aero Ranger
Written by Alex Tate
Updated 7 months ago

The Aero Ranger system supports integration of existing 3rd-Party devices including Hikvision, Reconyx, Milesight and AXIS cameras.

Create device credentials

Before integrating your device, login to the Aero Ranger Dashboard to create your device credentials.

Login with an Administrator account and select the Devices page under the Accounts tab in the left hand menu.

On the Devices page, select the Add 3rd-Party Device button

On the Add 3rd-Party Device page, note down the Username and Password that are generated. 

Ensure you save the Password in a secure place, as you will not able to view the password again after the device is created. 

If you forget your device password, please email us at [email protected]

Set a Description for the device which will be used to identify the camera in other areas of the Aero Ranger Dashboard such as the Plate Search page.

Enter a GPS location for your device which represents the physical location that your camera is installed (i.e. Latitude: 34.1747111, Longitude: 115.0438462).

Once you've finished entering the device details, please the Create button to create your device credentials.

With your device credentials added to the Aero Ranger system, you can now enter the relevant details into your device by following the instructions below.

Hikvision motion-detection cameras:

Aero Ranger currently supports integration with Hikvision motion-detection cameras (i.e. non-ANPR models) via SFTP.

The below instructions assume your camera is already physically installed and connected to the internet and is successfully capturing images of vehicles that enter the video frame. The configuration page may differ between camera models so please refer to your specific camera manual for additional info on configuring a SFTP data push.

Please ensure the device timezone is set to GMT+0.

Refer to the below picture to and enter the following SFTP server details under Configuration > Network >  Advanced Settings > FTP.

  • FTP Protocol: SFTP
  • Server Address:
  • Port: 22
  • Username: [your username]
  • Password: [your password]
    Enter the username and password you created earlier on the Add 3rd-Party Device page.
  • Directory Structure: Save in the parent directory
  • Parent Directory: Custom > images
  • Picture Name: Custom Prefix > aerorewash
  • Upload Picture: Box checked

    Adding the custom filename prefix "aerorewash" to all of your uploaded images will ensure that they are passed through our Cloud AI to extract ANPR data from the images.

Next, go to Event > Basic Event > Motion Detection and configure as follows:

  • Check the 'Enable Motion Detection' box
  • Use the 'Draw Area' button to draw the motion detection area (roadway)
  • Configure the sensitivity to your environmental conditions (higher sensitivity = camera is more sensitive to motion trigger)


Ensure that the ‘Arming Schedule and Linkage Method’ are configured as below to ensure the device is always capture motion-detection events, and these events are uploaded via SFTP.

Ensure that the internal time of the camera is set to GMT+0 to allow reads to be uploaded with the correct timestamp in our system.

Our system currently requires cameras uploading via SFTP to be set to UTC+0 timezone, but data in the Aero Ranger Dashboard will be displayed in your local timezone.

If you experience any issues integrating your camera, don't hesitate to get in touch via [email protected]

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