“I hate cameras. They are so much more sure than I am about everything.”
– John Steinback
Obviously John Steinback, the great American novelist of classics such as The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden, isn’t alone in being put off by the cameras ability to record truthfully. And it’s precisely surveillance cameras’ ability to put off people like intruders, that has helped it to increasingly make its way into homes as people start looking at ways to safeguard their dwelling.
Silently whirring into action like a slow moving satellite recording the activity below, the quiet landscape of our Lab in Uptown recently became a buzz of camera activity, The first one appeared like an rover on a lunar landscape, to greet visitors in our lobby. It was soon joined by another ‘Cyclops’ in the pantry.
No this was not a surveillance project or wildlife documentary. EWL’s usability engineering team recently started testing our Zilant Home Automation and Security Gateway using wireless IP cameras. The Zilant Automation Gateway supports live feeds from eight WiFi cameras with two simultaneously recording footage. Its 40GB SSD SATA hard drive stores footage recorded by the cameras in MPEG format.
The cameras were installed in various locations, from the lobby to the pantry, to showcase different scenarios. Once the installations were done, we were able to kick off the live trials to monitor activity in the Lab using both the day/night surveillance mode available on these wireless IP cameras.
The result was some very clear visuals even in night mode. So how can you do all this remotely?
Network User Interface
At the top of Zilant Automation and Security Gateway’s array of features is a web-based Network User Interface to allow you to remotely monitor your home by accessing wireless IP cameras over the Internet using standard Mozilla Firefox browser to.
The wireless IP cameras we installed for the trials supported remote pan/tilt features which offered us the opportunity to test the system’s full capabilities in being to manipulate the cameras remotely.
Imagine being able to securely login and remotely manipulate a 180 degree view of your business or home from anywhere!
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