The Cheap Raspberry Pi Security Camera

One of the great things about the Raspberry Pi is the community that works to create really great projects. I have setup a Raspberry Pi B looking out my windows. It faces the front door so can see anyone coming down the street and toward the door. I had a couple cheap $2 webcams lying around so I set them up looking out the windows. The total cost of the entire setup is about $10, minus the cost of the Pi itself, I also think that the Pi is a little underpowered for the task as occasionally the thing will stop working after several weeks, the camera still records the video, but the web-interface has to be reloaded in order to get the thing working again.

Capture

IMG_20160418_181953

Overall, I’d say that this project was ineffective for its purpose because unfortunately, the cameras would not record movement accurately enough, and sometimes would record several hours of minimal movement. An IP camera would likely be more cost-effective and better suited for the task, the Pi I used was simply underpowered to monitor two webcams and crashed after about 2 weeks of working continuously. Viewing the files showed that although it captured movement and video, some were corrupt, glitch or only captured about 3 usable frames. It did, however, show a good live view of what was going on outside the house, with about a 4-second delay.

Overall I would say that a Raspberry Pi as a webcam security camera on the cheap is not a good idea, the main contributing factor being that it was not able to keep the program running and often would save garbage to the SD card. If I were to do this again I would not use two for definite as it simply did not work effectively enough to actually increase security, It would often record trees moving for hours and sometimes one camera would freeze up entirely.

Six things ICT Provide

ICT is used globally, and has multiple points that are useful to it.

 

Fast Repetitive Processing allows companies and individuals to process large quantities of data at once and quickly, repetitive tasks allow for people to make personalised and tailored reports and information, things like bank statements can be processed rapidly overnight at low points in the day. New technologies mean that they can perform complex calculations quickly and effectively.

 

Vast Storage Capacity means that IT systems can store larger quantities of data in smaller form factor, large businesses are able to store large quantities of data and programs are able to actively process larger quantities of data such as virtual machines or hypervisors. Additionally It has allowed for free services to store files for free, using ad supported media.

 

Improved search facilities have allowed for people to lookup information and files instantly and obtain key information effectively, such as facts and simple calculations through Google and other search engines. Additionally It has allowed for data to be collated together, such as viewing reports and files over a period of time or created by a specific editor. Doctors, for example are able to lookup a patient’s details on a computer instantly, rather than go through paperwork and personal information, they are only able to see what is necessary, this allows for additional security and customisation with reports.

 

Improved presentation of data allows for tailored reports, statistics, graphs and files. Customisation has allowed business to tailor their products and software to their customers based off the data obtained. for example, a coffee chain is able to gain knowledge of their best selling drinks based off sales data and survey information, additionally they are able to combine independent data that would otherwise not be combined, such as weather and sales. It also means that it is easy to understand for someone who does not have a great understanding of a topic.

 

Improved accessibility means that information is available in a variety of formats and has allowed for people to access their data anywhere in the world, previously data was only accessible at one location, but by connecting to the vast internet, consumers as well as businesses are able to take advantage of fast connections and information in order to overcome logistical problems such as storage capacity and even uptime through online hosting, additionally people are able to utilise single peripherals on multiple devices, such as a printer or scanner. Additionally programs are easier to use and accessible to people with special needs.

 

Improved security has meant that files and programs are safe from third party transit prying eyes and nefarious use, data can be almost impossible to access without the right information and can be stored in ways that mean that it is not possible to decrypt remotely. It has also allowed for networks to be open to multiple tiers of people, from guests to teachers accessibility is only available to those who need it and useability is not compromised.