PC Managed Home Security


Old 03-13-04, 06:22 AM
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PC Managed Home Security

I live in a remote area. Since I travel frequently I would like to be able to log into my home PC and visually inspect my home from time to time by placing cameras in strategic spots. Video would not be captured continuously but only when motion is detected.

I'm also a computer analyst/programmer. What kinds of products are there that, for example, detect motion and then send the video to an onsite server for storage. As a programmer I would like to initiate a pager alarm and/or email (perhaps even a ring to my cell phone) in the event of intrusion. I do this now minus the video with computer systems as a monitoring method. When there is an alarm condition I have a perl program email me and in some cases send a beep to my pager.

Is anybody else doing this out there? I would appreciate any suggestions regarding hardware and/or software packages. The real question is what might be the best low-cost video hardware to interface with a PC?

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Old 03-13-04, 08:32 AM
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Take a look at <a href="http://www.crowelec.com">Crow Electronics</a> - they have several products that will infterface a computer with camera systems. From USB interfaces (install the software and go) to camera storage and servers.

If you want to save a little money (and have a better system), you can build your own DVR - or just <a href="http://safewatchservice.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/679">buy a complete system</a>. All you really need to add is a DVR Board to a computer system to build one (take a look at one <a href="http://www.safewatchservice.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/682">here</a>, it's a kit with cams, but gives you an idea.) A DVR Board is really nothing more than a PCI card with built-in camera processors.

The software is where you get your motion detection options. As long as you install some good software (similar to the software you see with the above DVR Board, you can do pretty much anything you want with it - from motion detection to paging and e-mail notification.

Let me know if you need some more help.
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