Installing a home surveillance system requires a lot of pre-requisites to be taken care of. Good quality video, immunity from technical snags and of course, price, these are the few major factor that one needs to consider while plugging in such a system. Being no different, Alex Nikolaidis also gave prime importance to these factors and decided to make his own home security system. But instead of searching the internet and local camera shops, he preferred a conventional webcam and the ever amazing Raspberry Pi. Yes, he is using a credit card sized hobby computer to secure his house.
Patching the hardware for the desired purpose is Linux based software named “Motion” which has a video signal monitoring purpose. From installing the camera at a stealth position to programming the Raspberry Pi, the home surveillance system is a three step process and there is an optional another step where users can use the setup to a more potential usage like setting up notifications on your computer screen (or receive an SMS) for any unusual activity or even streaming of the video over the internet. Bet the conventional would not extend to beyond the purpose of surveillance.
In programming, they say “There is no limit for an imaginative mind” and nothing more satisfies this than the Raspberry Pi and tremendous power to innovate that it has given. Through this DIY, one does not need to spend a lot of money and time which is unlike what a usual home surveillance system installation would do. Moreover, any bugs, if encountered, can be solved on one’s own and there is no need to depend on an expert. Can you step ahead and make this DIY better?
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