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Picture of Computerized video security setup.
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We are going to use Zoneminder as sort of a computerised video security system for both home and small to large businesses. This would also be good for keeping an eye on babysitters or for use in a child care center. This will allow you to keep an eye on your property and record suspicious movement by employees or others. The great thing about this project is that an older or lower end computer will work just fine for this project. You can access the video cameras via the web so you do not have to baby sit the computer running zoneminder.

We were able to do this whole set up in a manner of minutes. The set up is not as scary as some people might think. Excepting one glitch (the fix is  documented), this was a a piece of cake to set up. You might want to visit a security store to get some hidden cameras to make the system even more secure and hidden. We just used some inexpensive web cams from a local electronic store. Also have an ip camera (networkable camera) so you do not have to directly connect the camera to the host computer. I will add our set up of it later. The video at the end of the instructable should for how to set one of those up.

Notice: this instructable requires knowledge of linux via the command line. But do not let the command line scare you. I set the whole thing up in minutes very easily.

Note: You could certainly use an internet enabled touch pad to keep an eye on things. On the last panel is a little blurb about motion which is another video capture program. It is perfect for low end machines. It had no problem with the webcam I hooked up.

Not my video, but worth looking at:


 
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neat! do this to my room! :P
Cool. I also thought of maybe using this for a pod casting setup also.
davijordan3 years ago
Awesome. I was easily able to set up a video surveillance system at home and at work. Thanks!