Over the past ten years, one of the biggest consumer complaints in the security industry has been the unreliability of WiFi cameras.
Part of that has to do with the fact they’re totally dependent on your WiFi, and thus are subject to the same disruptions in signal strength as other devices. However, the the other part of it is that they pick up so much extraneous “stuff”–dogs, cats, birds, weather, cars going by, etc.
Other than people who install cameras specifically to keep an eye on their pets, most people don’t want to get notifications from their motion-activated security camera every time Rover happens to wander in front of it. However, at the same time they don’t want to turn off the motion-activated feature because then they wouldn’t be notified about people walking up to their door or snooping around their back yard.
The result is that people get a lot of extra alerts about non-relevant activity, and the cameras become more of a nuisance factor as opposed to a security feature. Until recently, there hasn’t been an easy solution to this problem, but now there is. Enter video analytics.
With video analytics, which Dynamark Security offers our customers in partnership with Alarm.com, we can literally teach the cameras to only record and notify if it sees a person coming up the walkway, onto your front porch, or into your driveway.
The system uses artificial intelligence to not only distinguish between people and animals (or tree branches blowing in the wind, for that matter), but also between people who you might not consider a threat (such as a mailman quickly walking up to your door and leaving) and more suspicious activity (like someone lingering around your porch). You can set your preferences to whatever settings you want, and it will only send alerts about the type of activity you are interested in.
Is it a perfect technology? No, it is not. It won’t–yet–eliminate 100% of false alerts. But even in it’s current form, it is really good, and it’s not very much extra money–we’re just talking about a few bucks a month. For that small additional price, you will get the information you need rather than the frustrations that you don’t want.
Watch the video below from Alarm.com to learn more about how the technology works.