When you select a security camera system, it is important to consider and ask questions about some of the possibilities that you want. Most homeowners wish to be alerted when a person approaches their home, so that they know when someone is at the door. This is because they know that they will not be sitting on their phone all the time watching what is happening. If you had the time to do that, then you could just sit at home and look out the window.

iPhone showing home security camera access

These days, many camera systems are accessible from your iPhone or Android phone. This is a very useful feature, in fact we helped to pioneer this level of access, even watching security cameras on our flip phones back in the day. But the problem is, that you will not be watching all the time. The battery in your phone would die and you would go over your data plan. So this access is important, but clearly it would be useful to have a system that could actually let you know when to watch instead.

For years, we have been designing these exact type of systems, by using external motion detector sensors and alarm cards. The motion sensor would send a signal to the IO board, which tied into our AVM (Advanced Video Management) camera system to send you an alert that the motion sensor had been tripped off and even sending a picture of what was happening. While this is still a very effective way of delivering positive alerts to homeowners, it does involve added hardware (exterior motion sensor, Alarm IO board) and additional cabling which can be costly depending on where the motion sensor will be placed. I have personally even used this method for alerts at my own home for years, and it is very effective, but does deliver the occasional false-alert: Deer or Coyote running up the driveway, Racoon jumping up on the trash can, or even tree blowing in the wind (though this usually takes a strong gust).

Now we have a way to reduce the false alarms even more, and deliver an alert without any external hardware. These SMART HD IP Cameras have additional circuitry to calculate and classify objects based on the size, shape and speed of an object on the screen. Basically, the camera sees the motion as it normally would, but then draws a box around the object, calculations are then performed on the object based on its size and position on the screen to determine what classification the object will fall within. Separately, zones can be drawn out on the screen to allow you to set alerts. Because of the versatility of these cameras, you can define even multiple alerts to send text or emails:

  • A person walks onto your property
  • A child leaves a designated play area
  • Person enters the pool
  • Vehicle enters your driveway
  • Person enters your garage
  • Person stands on your doorstep for 2 seconds
Person identified by a Smart home security camera

With this technology, you can really custom tune each of the alerts with our AVM system and the SMART camera, so that you receive alerts only during certain hours, or when another condition is met as well.

Don't fall for the claims of other systems, stating they can send text alerts. If the alerts are based on simple motion, you will receive so many false alerts, that you will shut off alerts in the first 5 minutes. True alerts need a method of eliminating false positives, like outside motion sensors or SMART HD IP Cameras.

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