What about Motion Detection?

Yes indeed! One of the amazing functions of this camera is the motion detection algorithm which is so easy to use. A picture is basically pixels to the camera. We might have a situation where the camera is aimed at an area where there are trees and bushes moving in the breeze causing the camera to record as moving pixels are considered motion. However, by remotely opening the server software motion detection tab, users can place the live image into a grid as pictured below.

Lapse Record

In those areas where motion is causing the camera to record (areas of the grid flash red upon motion) simply highlight the trees and bushes to delete that particular area in the camera motion detection zone.  Movement in those “selected” areas will NOT trigger motion or record but in other zones not “masked out” within the grid, if motion is detected yes it will trigger recording.  The setup is actually very easy so once we know where motion is likely to occur, the question you need to ask is how fast do I need to record (how many images per second) and over what interval and at what quality…low, medium or high resolution.

For instance, a person or vehicle may move past the camera.  We can even program the camera to record a few seconds BEFORE motion was actually detected. How we do it doesn’t matter but the fact is motion was detected, the recording can be set to take one or two images before motion, followed by the actual motion event and then another 10-20 seconds or more, after the motion event.  So if motion was only 2 seconds or so, we have recorded 2 seconds before and 10 seconds after so nothing is ever missed.  If motion continues for an extended period then the camera will continue to record but users may want to enter an “interval” between motion detection events.  The interval theoretically could be a gap of say 10 seconds more or less so we don’t have a long and continual recording.  All of these features and functions can be altered remotely once the camera is in place. We make those changes for you behind the scenes. 

If still not sure how to make basic camera function change, don’t worry we can do it for you..no problem.  By setting the desired motion detection zones, the camera will only concentrate on areas of concern. Algorithms are so advanced they can tell the difference between a shadow and vehicle or a cat and Cat Burglar. In other words the motion sensitivity can be fully adjusted to compensate for what is or is not actual motion.  Alarm emails or text messages are sent to you within seconds (picture attached) and the motion event stored on the Cloud for months.  Cloud storage cannot be lost or tampered with.

Email & Text Alerts

In “scheduled recording mode” set to say 5.00pm to 6.00am weekdays, 3G HD solar camera will auto switch to motion detection mode.  Live view and record at any time but some users are mainly concerned with what happens after hours which is why we set a schedule.  The schedule recording (one touch on or off) enables the camera to auto arm alarm recording mode at preset times and dates which might include every weeknight from 5.00pm to 6.00am, weekends and all state public holidays.  Even if you forget about public holidays, the camera certainly won’t.

If motion is detected during that time frame, not only will any movement be recorded but at the same time our servers can email or text an alert one or more preset email addresses and/or mobile numbers. You receive what we call an “alarm alert” which is basically a heads up that movement is being detected during a time where there should not be movement.  The email alert will include an actual recorded JPEG image so you can then decide whether to take the matter further by logging into the camera live to see for yourself, or view the entire “alarm event recording” and if warranted calling for Police or security guard assistance.  If you have security patrols, alerts can be sent to a back to base monitoring company or direct to the guard patrol person.  Either way you have the time and date stamped recording available at your fingertips ready to take any action.  Not sure if the alert is genuine or not, login to the camera to see a live view for yourself.  Users can also replay the motion activated events to see what or who it was that triggered motion.

When an alert is auto sent to one or more recipients,  all will have an image attached along with a time and date stamp and an instant link to the camera live view and recording playback.

Time Lapse Recording

Time Lapse recording is often required on Construction sites.  Time lapse is basically the camera taking a high resolution image once every few minutes, or so many times per hour or just a few daily but you have the choice as to how fast or slow the camera records during this mode.  Set the camera to Time Lapse mode by day and then after hours when the site should be vacant set “scheduled recording mode” where the camera will auto arm into Motion Detection Mode.  This mode can be armed or disarmed at any time you choose.  As mentioned, scheduled recording will take into account weekends and state by state public holidays.   We will set this feature up for you just advise us what you want the camera to do.

Time Lapse recording as mentioned can be set in conjunction with motion detection if preferred otherwise all time lapse recordings are saved to our server.  Users access Time Lapse recordings remotely and download to PC or MAC etc.  Backup of time lapse images can be done daily, weekly or monthly as the server will retain them for you.

Ideal for farmers, water troughs, cattle, gates, building sites, mine sites, local councils, bush dumping, graffiti or any area that requires remote monitoring and scheduled recording.  After all if something happens on your site you want to know about it and quick!