We have just finished the pilot installation of our Neighborhood Security Camera solution.
Pilot had to uncover if it would be possible to make a solution that could satisfy the following requirements:
- Be Legal
- Be affordable (both Startup and Maintenance)
- Installed by the neighborhood members themselves not professionals
- Store the recording in the ‘Cloud’ to allow distributed access
- Evidence quality recordings that would allow manual reading of license plates Day and Night.
- Determine which software should be used for review of the recordings.
We have evaluated a number of cameras, low cost, medium cost and high cost. The cameras were tested in live setup in our neighborhoods under a number of conditions both day and night, rain and shine and the famous Oakland hills fog.
The Surveillance of public space presented a number of legal and practical challenges that we had to address.
The distributed nature of a residential neighborhood compared to most home and commercial installations meant that we had to solve a number of logistical challenges that had not been solved before on a limited budget.
- Cheap cameras don’t work at all.
- Medium priced cameras work during the day but not at night.
- Only Expensive cameras work both at day and night,
- Infrared Illuminators are required for night recordings.
- Legal issues can be solved.
- It is possible to coordinate recordings from multiple residences on a budget.
- We could not find any suitable Commercial or Open Source software.
- Cloud Storage provider is found, but not tested (due to lack of software)