This project is demonstrated by Mike Haldas where he describes how to setup a Raspberry Pi to fix the security camera system. With this system, activated by GPIO alarm input, one can take a photo snapshot and then send the image to mobile phones using MMS text messages.This action causes a magnetic door sensor to initiate the alarm in the Python application. The application is written by Mike and the setup of the raspberry pi can actually trigger any type of sensor or event to take the snapshot and send the message. For the MMS text messages service, Twiliois used as their Python SDK for programmers is easy and also the service is free to use in trial mode.
In order to setup the Raspberry Security Camera System, Mike has divided the project in nine parts and dealt every topic separately. He starts with the setting up of Twilio Account, which is followed by installation of Apache Web Server and Python Code. Next, he ensures that Pi Camera & Wire Door Sensor are perfectly fixed.The setup of Static IP address and Port Forwarding is achieved next and is essential whereas the setting up of Dynamic DNS is optional. Finally, the code is made to run and MMS Messages are received followed by running Alarm Code on Boot.
This project has been greatly successful and has received some great feedback and suggestions.In one of the feedback,it was suggested to use the imgur API instead of hosting the image on an Apache web server instance. The suggestion worked and have ample of benefits, for instance, with this modification, no need to setup a web server or use any additional memory resources on RPi.Further, the RPi doesn’t need any static LAN IP address.Infact, you don’t need to indulge in port forwarding or DDNS.
If you additionally setup animgur account and also register a developer application used for the snapshots, then you can skip steps various steps above. All you have to install the alternative imgur source code provided on the website.Check out the following link for complete details.
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