Nanny Cameras and Motion Detector Alarms: Maintaining Peace of Mind with a Home Security Surveillance System
In the past twenty years, devices such as nanny cameras have moved from the domain of the rich and famous and into the living rooms of ordinary, nine-to-five working folk. The same is true of formerly unaffordable technologies like door and window sensors and motion detector alarms.
Indeed, to say that window alarms now cost about as much as a few burgers from McDonalds is really no exaggeration. You can purchase contact pads, the simple magnetic components for door and window alarms, at large hardware and department stores, often at bargain-bin prices of under five dollars. These magnetic pads form a circuit which, when broken, signals the central alarm hub and gets that siren sounding. Even for someone with little experience in terms of working with hardware, taking on the task of installing contacts as part of their home security surveillance system will probably not pose much of a hurdle. You scarcely need more than the cabling, the contacts, some wood glue and a silicone gun. This is a service you can also have done for you by the majority of security companies, though you won’t get their best prices unless you’ve signed up to use them to monitor your alarm system.
After contacts, which form the first line of defense after locks when it comes to home security, you’ll want to think about beefing up your home security surveillance system with motion detector alarms, which are generally of one of two types, and also tend to be generally cheap (think under 20 dollars). UWB detectors (the acronym stands for ultra-wideband radar) emit a radar signal across a fixed distance. If that signal echoes in a shorter than anticipated time the UWB detector will register the presence of a new object as motion, and sound the alarm.
PIR motion detector alarms are the more common variety in modern home security surveillance systems. The acronym stands for ‘passive infrared’, as these devices passively sit and ‘stare’ over a fixed distance, registering the heat of the various objects in that area. If the temperature of that area changes in just one place (rather than ambiently), the motion detector will register that as motion. These are the kinds of devices you’ll typically find over peoples’ front doors or driveways, used to switch on a porch or outdoor light when they sense any disturbance.
Out of all these devices, though, the potential of nanny cameras has probably grown the most. You can use them to check your house out at any time of day, by viewing their footage on your computer or cellphone. All you need to do is install them in the relevant parts of your home (which if you’re actually a new parent, are those parts of the home where your baby should be), and you’ll be able to tell whether the nanny’s doing her job.
The data from your nanny cameras can be streamed to an online storage cluster, and stored for days, weeks or months (depending on how much you’re willing to pay for the privilege), allowing you to review incidents long after they transpire. Of course, online storage is only cheap up to a point – a serious home security surveillance system might call for many terabytes of storage space, assuming that you’re recording every minute of every day from multiple cameras.
There is a way to get around this, of course. It’s as simple as using your motion detector alarms, along with your door and window alarms, to activate your webcams, so that they’re only switched on when there’s actually something going on in the house. There is a variety of software designed to integrate home security surveillance systems that allows for this, and numerous brands of security camera come equipped with motion detection right out the box.