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We all want our houses to be safe and we do everything in our hands to keep it that way. But what happens when you are not at home when you go to the market to get groceries or at work or even at a holiday. Who monitors your house then, who takes care of your belongings, your kids? That's when remote surveillance comes in.
Today most of the societies, offices, shops and other public & private places are being installed with CCTV cameras for 24x7 video surveillance, then why not your house. So here are some ways to set up remote video surveillance at home.
You may not realise but you already have some stationary cameras already installed in your home like the Webcam. You can configure your webcam to work as a security camera and even pair it with your smart phone. iCam is one of the popular softwares available in the market that can be used to establish a connection between a Windows or Mac computer system and an Android or iPhone device respectively.
It's free to download the software on your desktop but you will have to spend $5 on the mobile app.
It's time to bring back those old guns; we are talking about your old smart phones. Today almost every mobile phone has a camera so why not make a good use of it. Be it anything an iPhone, Android, BlackBerry or even an old Windows Mobile, it all works as long as it has camera. Just find a suitable app that can stream the live video captured from your old phone to the new phone.
An example for this would be, Presence. It is a free iOS app that can give you a live streaming video feed that you can view remotely through Wi-Fi or cellular network. Presence is more than just a video camera app; it has surveillance features, such as motion detection alerts (you can set Presence to alert you when the streaming device picks up motion) and two-way video and audio capabilities.
How about investing in a two-in-one camera as it not only works as a surveillance cam but also could be used as a sports camera. The FLIR FX cam has features like 160 degrees of capture; 1080p recording and can even display things like temperature & humidity.
The FLIR Systems works with both iPhone and Android apps.
Unlike the other DIY options listed here, this one's actually a more professional approach towards home surveillance. This option is not cheap and may even require professional help but it would give you more than satisfying results as it is a dedicated service that is specifically designed for this purpose only.
But as they say with great power comes great responsibility, since the video is being streamed through internet, it is possible that someone may intercept the connection & misuse the access.
Now if you want to get the best of both the worlds i.e. the DIY approach & a professional approach then we suggest you buy Raspberry Pi Cam. It is comparatively cheap & can be configured to work as a security camera using a USB webcam or dedicated Pi cam.
It is lightweight, compact and can be set outside the house using a battery pack to run.
We hope all your requirements or queries related to the concept of home surveillance have been sorted by now and you are on your way to using anyone of the above techniques in order to safeguard your home & its belongings.