Setting up a physical security camera December 13, 2005Posted by Carthik in applications, guides, ubuntu.
I found a write up at aelf.co.uk regarding how the author chains together a few useful applications to use a Logitech webcam to physically monitor a room. In case of a break-in or unusual activity, he has it set up to upload webcam images to an ftp server, and has tips about how to create a short video using the cam shots. Amazing!
The principle is simple – a webcam connected to the machine is monitored by a piece of software. If activity is detected in the picture, a video (or set of photos) is recorded and uploaded to an external server. The idea being if there is ever a break in, I will be alerted immediately and hopefully have photgraphic evidence to show the police.
I managed to get all this working, and added a couple of other little useful features. This post is pretty much a guide for me later if I need to recreate it.
From Adding home security features to my Ubuntu machine. Perhaps there will come a day when I find the motivation to set something similar up in my own room. Till then, this will serve as a bookmark for other users who want to do the same.