DIY Security Features Video Verification

DIY Security Features Video Verification

This article explains the difference between consumer-grade video security
and professional equipment that not only lasts longer, but also performs better.

By Allan Colombo

The use of video surveillance in and outside the home is synonymous with the deterrence of an intended crime. In other words, having cameras on the outside of your home is often enough to stop a would-be criminal from committing a crime. The second thing indoor and outdoor cameras are good for is the documentation of a crime in process.

Take for example the D-Link camera model DCS-5030L. This a basic wireless webcam which means it's easy to install. It's equipped with a 720p HD imager, a pan/tilt feature that allows you to move the field of view all around the camera, it will detect motion in the field of view, and upon motion activation it will send images to your smartphone for you to look at to determine the identity of the person(s) there.

The wireless technology used for this magical feat is none other than your home's ordinary WiFi network to which your home computers, printer, smart phone(s), and other devices connect to as well.

If you're looking for a monitored security with video solution, another option is the DragonFly Video Verified Security System by SecurityMission .com. Although video motion is usually good enough, it lacks a real-time, live component called Central Station Monitoring (CSM).

"Central Station Monitoring is absolutely a must if you truly expect to maintain a safe and secure environment within and outside your home or business. When someone is detected inside the structure, alarm signals are delivered to you and the CMS. If you decide not dispatch the police, you press a button on your mobile device and the CMS receives the message, 'Do Not Dispatch,'" says John Larkin, Senior Partner with Electronic System Consultants LLC of Columbus, Ohio.
According to Larkin, The DragonFly adds the human element to the equation, which is what you really want when an honest-to-goodness verified alarm takes place. You want someone outside of the situation to call the police department (PD) or Sheriff's office (SO), and that's where the CMS comes into play. A real live voice over the phone from a third-party not only assures law enforcement that the call has been verified, but it gives the PD a point of contact in case one is required during a dispatch.

There are two levels of monitoring available:

  1. Basic at $10.00 per month
  2. Premium at $30.00 per month
At the basic level, when an alarm occurs, you as the subscriber will receive images and alarm information on your mobile devices within seconds of the alarm. If after examining the images you decide not to dispatch, do nothing and nothing will come of the alarm. However, if you do decide to dispatch, there's a soft dispatch button on your screen that you tap. This action will be received at the CMS whereupon a trained operator will call the PD/SO and ask that officers be dispatched to the scene of the crime.

The Premium service is similar, only the CMS will receive the same information that you get when an alarm takes place-both alarm data and images. If you examine the images and find that the individual(s) on site are authorized, you press a Do Not Dispatch soft button on your mobile phone and nothing will occur at the CMS. However, if you did not hear the phone ring or your phone or tablet was switched off for any reason and you do not have an opportunity to review the images and alarm data, the CMS operators will examine the alarm data and images themselves.

If the CMS is able to verify the presence of people through the video images, they will begin the process of calling the SO/ PD for officer response. If at some point along the way you have an opportunity to review the video images and you find authorized people on site, you can press the Do Not Dispatch button to waylay the CMS. If the CMS has actually already dispatched when you send the Do Not Dispatch signal, they will immediately recall the SO/PD to cancel the alarm call.

"Unlike the D-Link Webcam, the DragonFly MotionViewer Cameras contain both a motion detector and a camera. I mention this because camera-based motion is not generally as reliable as a motion sensor that uses the infrared energy from the human body to detect motion. Because both motion and camera are housed in the same unit, the result is one or more video images that are immediately sent to your smartphone or tablet," says ESC's Larkin. "The DragonFly technology combines the best of both the do-it-yourself (DIY) and professional markets into a single DIY program. Not only do you get professional-grade equipment, you have access to the same CMS monitoring as the professionals do."
The outdoor MotionViewer throws an optical curtain at a 10 degree angle. One of the best ways to use this motion/camera device is to aim it across the wall of the structure so it monitors movement into any of the windows and doors. Indoor units are best placed in corners for maximum view. They also can be placed in hallways overlooking entrance doors.

The motion portion of these MotionViewers uses zoned optical sensors that are capable of detecting movement across the field of view. Through advanced signal processing it's possible for these detectors to dial out the movement of air, rodents, and automobile car lights. The camera portion of the system, which is professional grade, is designed to overlook the same area that the motion sensor "sees," thus instantaneously capturing the source of the movement, thus sending it to your smartphone or tablet no matter where you happen to be.

When you purchase the DragonFly Video Verified Security System by SecurityMission .com, you get an indoor or outdoor "hub kit" that comes with a main control panel, either an inside or outside MotionViewer, and the necessary hardware to effect a nice, neat installation. Note that each indoor and outdoor MotionViewer comes equipped with a hardwired Ethernet modular plug to which Category 5e or Category 6 cable connects. You also have the option of ordering your new DragonFly Video Verified Security System equipped with ordinary WiFi technology as well as cellular.

The system comes in three flavors: 1) indoor only, 2) outdoor only, and3) combination indoor/outdoor. To purchase the DragonFly Video Verified Security system, go to: www.SecurityMission.com.

What is “Verified Video” in the DragonFly Verified Video System?

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