Security software for your home
September 20, 2019
Here is some good news for you that you might not know: you don’t need to fork out hundreds of dollars to buy a surveillance system. If you have a spare pc that is running Linux and a few cameras, you’re off to a pretty good start. This DIY route (and we love this, don’t we?! My last DYI project was a popsocket!) is cheaper and lets you have more control, but you need to make sure you are using the right software. Even though I’m a big fan of phone holders and accessories – it’s often good to invest a bit more in your security system for your home. And there are many options available:
This is a great option for those setting up a DIY surveillance system. Professional features like the compatibility for the standard PC cameras and Ip-enabled cameras. If you are on the go iOS and Android apps will help you to monitor the cameras remotely. If you want to monitor while you are on the go it can also allow you to monitor them remotely.
There are plenty of options when it comes to configuring zone minder to your own requirements with regular image stills and live feed still supported. SMS and email notifications will ensure you stay updated and informed when you are not actually monitoring directly. You can limit who has access and it has good flexibility with the option to tilt, zoom and pan cameras. Just make sure you follow all the relevant regulation.
Xeoma Chain Linux Interface
If you are after an easy to use Linux Ip camera software, then a good option to go with is Xeoma. This software markets itself easy to use those children could function it. It has a modular approach which will let you add different feature and components that you want as you are setting the system up. This security camera software is full of features and is compatible with most items like Wi-Fi CCTV cameras and USB webcams. Up to 2,000 cameras can be set up to a single Xeoma system installation so it works well for commercial use. The screen can capture all monitors at once with motion detection and remote access is why people choose this type of software. It can support email and SMS alerts and has remote access to archives, setting and cameras. There are many different storage settings, algorithms to avoid any false positives and delayed recordings.
There is a free edition, but it is limited to three modules per chain and only eight cameras. It is simple to use and great for keeping an eye on your home and workplace.
Linux Motion Camera Software
As the name tells you motion monitors will monitor for any movement, the is a free program and will detect if parts of a picture that is from a video signal have changed. This software was created for Linux distros using a video4linux interface. While it will save the video when movement is detected and will also include time-lapse settings specially for regular monitoring. You can save video feeds or just still images. A GUI isn’t needed it runs headless which gives it a lightweight footprint compared to other surveillance software. If you are wanting to build a cheap DIY network video recorder that will run on a low powered device like Raspberry Pi this will work well. It will record the images and video digitally then it will go on your SD card or internal network. This is a great option for those looking for a very basic motion sensor surveillance system.