Sunday, August 25, 2019

My current setup

Currently 58 (6 added since top pic) cams on 4 Blue Iris servers linked into my home automation so it can highlight cams groups on consoles based on various sensors being triggered. It can also switch the distributed video to show a console automatically depending if the alert and alarms levels are high enough. As in a someone opening the parcel box at the gate will always trigger the cams pointed that way and switch the maina video to that console. Motion at the gate though only highlights the cams on the console those cams are on but only switch the main video is the alarm is armed.

I'm always upgrading or adding but here is the latest picture of my setup. (See older pic below.)

Note the 70 inch display shows the site wide distributed video stream and can be used as a monitor for video editing or any of the security camera consoles. The camera consoles will highlight (just show) groups of cameras when triggered by Homeseer based on triggered motion or contact sensors. Depending on which sensors and the current alarm settings the main video stream may be switched to that camera console as well. Triggered sensor also give verbal notifications. So for instance if motion is sensed at the gate with a glance I can see if I'm getting a delivery or a visit from wild live or a neighbor's escaped livestock from any where there is a TV. I can return the setup to the previous state with one voice command.

A quick and simple video show how my system is setup to return from triggered events with one voice command.

Here is an example of a guy looking for stuff to steal. Since I live in a neighborhood of mostly 5 to 10 acre lots seeing anyone is pretty rare. Predators and loose livestock are a much larger issue. So as I was in the middle of conference call I ignored the first alert but when a second came I could easily make out the guy trying to pull the motion sensor off the tree. Unfortunately he took off before I got down there but he did not get anything and if not for this setup I might not have known he was even about much less had video from 5 cams and good screen grabs of his face for the neighbors and cops.

Future Goals:

Looking at adding a DeepStack server when I get the time. Or something similar. I want something I can train not just tell people from non people like the current Blue Iris plugin. The LightHouse cam used to be able to recognise your pets so this seems reasonable. So I want to work toward telling critter types apart at some point. If I can get it to tell my dogs apart even better. The bare minimum I want to get to is alerts telling cat vs dog/coyote vs racoon/opossum/skunk/armadillo vs pig/cow/horse/deer. Yes I've actually had all those and more in my driveway. There is even been a mountain lion spotted in my neighborhood few believed in till someone caught it on a security cam in a nearby neighborhood.

History:

This is how it happens. Your setup just grows and grows as things happen.

November 2019

After the intruder and something causing the dogs to hang out by the east gate I got the cam back online with 5 MP and trimmed the trees for a better view.


October 2019

After a rat snake got in the shop and then disappeared without me finding where it or the mice before it got in I added 4 more Wyze V2s to track and track where things might be coming in and or where the snake might be in the shop still.

August 2019

Added 4 Blue Iris server and dedicated monitor and increased main monitor to 40 inches
May 2017
Added 11th screen (not counting the unused laptop one.) 3 dedicated to cams. Note too indicator lights added behind cam monitors.

May 2016

10 screens, 2 dedicated to cams.
May 2015
Bookshelves added.

August 2013

Mid digital conversion. you will notice 29 low rez cmas on the Blue Iris monitor. Some are new IP cams and some are being pulled from Geovision servers,

May 2013

2 screens switched to larger portrait mode ones.

January 2012

Using 2 Geovision (analog cam servers) here with another down at the shop. Starting to standardize on 1080p monitors too.

December 2011

Just the one 16 cam Geovision server at the house here. Note how dark some of the cams are.

November 2010

5th added. Note upper right monitor was switchable between TV and computer monitor so I could watch digital sources on it.

October 2008

4th screen added for seconde Geovision server.

October 2008

Soon after I moved. 3 screens but no dedicated monitor for cams and even the big screen was analog.

October 2008

Desk setup with 2 monitors.

July 2008

Moving in

June 2007

At the old house




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