Cameras in the home, that sounds at first like surveillance and spying. The right camera installation in the smart home can bring real advantages. Technology is everywhere now a day; the sensibly used security cameras offer only one more way to use digital gadgets sensibly. And why should this feature of home automation not ultimately become as commonplace as the Selfie for Instagram or photos of parties and barbecues on Facebook.
Among the multitude of surveillance cameras on offer, smart cameras or WLAN cameras stand out because they offer innovative functions: Sending alerts to smartphones, motion detection, face detection, etc. But why does it make sense at all to equip your home with video surveillance? And what are the security benefits of a smart camera?
Reasons for installing video surveillance
Even if you feel safe in your own home - because, for example, you have fitted the house with solid doors and windows - there is still the risk of burglary. This is why more and more private individuals are using surveillance cameras to protect their homes and property.
What is a smart camera?
A smart camera is part of a smart home system. It is usually a wireless surveillance device that allows you to monitor your home remotely over the Internet. A smart camera is connected to an app that you have installed on your smartphone or tablet. A simple Wi-Fi connection is all you need to access the camera from anywhere, view the recorded images or check-in real-time what is going on around your house (if you have installed a smart outdoor camera) or inside your home (if you have equipped your premises with an indoor camera).
Such a smart surveillance camera is not a toy, but a powerful device to monitor your home from a distance. The integrated motion detector alerts you via a notification system on your smartphone as soon as an intruder enters your home. So you can react quickly, intervene yourself, or alert the police.
There are smart cameras for indoor and outdoor use. They are each equipped with a motion detector and start recording as soon as a person enters the room. The most advanced models have a face recognition system. This prevents the camera from starting recording under “normal” conditions, i.e. when you or your family is present. In this case, the device is only activated when unknown strangers are detected.
An outdoor camera is mounted outside and detects the intruders before they enter the house. This way, by the way, you not only secure the living area but also outbuildings and the garden to protect them from theft or damage by day or night.
1. surveillance cameras can keep an eye on the door
In the smart home, surveillance cameras first and foremost provide a means of securing important areas. Whether your children are bringing a few friends home from school, or someone is trying to gain unauthorized access to your house or apartment, they will probably come through the front door. A camera solution can keep an eye on visitors and ensure security when opening the door. For the entrance area, we can recommend the WLAN video doorbell DoorBird.
2. surveillance cameras also monitor dark corners
There are corners and blind spots in the house or on the property, which you do not like to visit yourself. All the more practical if they can be easily monitored by camera. This leaves the good feeling that nobody and nothing can hide here unseen. “Arlo” from the manufacturer Netgear is a camera that likes to take on this challenge and keeps track of things outside in wind and weather for up to 6 months without changing batteries. Via Wi-Fi, it sends pictures to your smart home or smartphone.
3. surveillance cameras also take care of the problem garage
Garages are often used to store not only vehicles but also valuables. Burglars like to help themselves here unseen, but wild animals also often find ways to get inside through the garage door. It is good if a camera keeps a watchful eye open here. “Sengled Snap” is such a solution, which also serves as an LED light bulb and uses motion and audio sensors to report intruders. GoGogate offers a wealth of functions.
4. With a surveillance camera, you can sleep peacefully despite having a small child in the house
Baby monitors are nothing new. But with the home automation, you use in your smart home, you should move on to a better solution for monitoring your baby’s bed. The “Nest Cam” can transmit high-resolution images from the baby’s room. And best of all, when the child is old enough to sleep through the night, the camera can be mounted anywhere in the house to be useful.
5. Thanks to the surveillance camera, you can do without the house sitter
While you are on vacation or a business trip, you no longer have to pay a student to take care of your house and valuables. Leave that to a camera solution like “Alamo secure”, which checks not only doors and windows but also temperature, climate, light, sound, and movement and can transmit values directly.
Choosing the right smart camera
There are many providers of smart security cameras. To make an appropriate choice, you should consider several criteria that will help you determine the reliability and effectiveness of the detection and recording devices.
In any case, you should choose a camera with good night vision to capture clear images at night and detect intruders. Infrared LED illumination is ideal for unobtrusive surveillance and clear night vision. For cameras used outdoors, floodlighting is preferable: in this case, the camera replaces the outdoor lighting and can illuminate the relevant area if required.
The quality of the video images is crucial. Focus on camera models that offer a good range, high resolution, and optimal video display. Full HD 1080p recording is a good solution for obtaining high-quality video images. You can zoom in on the images in the app and benefit from good picture quality.
With outdoor cameras, you should also make sure that your model is weatherproof and has a good view of the weather.
Conclusion: A camera can take over important functions and services in a modern smart home and provide security.