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Home alarm system help

Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 2:19 am
by rubeneski
Hi all,
I would like to start up DIY pi prodject. My idea is to attach a small sensor to my pi (maybe a PIR motion sensor, a few quid off ebay), and a camera. I would like it so whenever the motion sensor is set off the camera will boot up and start to film (with the time and date on the recording) , i would like to install it in my house for safety. And also a wireless link to a laptop or monitor. Any help or ideas? I would like to make it AS CHEAP AS POSSABLE. Any help is much appreciated. I have hardly any programming experience. I am a beginner,
Many many thanks!

Re: Home alarm system help

Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 2:40 pm
by RomanG
Have you considered motion?
It would do pretty much what you described, without the need of a motion sensor.
It uses image analysis to detect motion in front of the camera. It is highly configurable and can use multiple cameras (although, I am not sure if raspberry would be able to handle multiple cameras).

There are many tutorials on the web and in these forums as well.


Re: Home alarm system help

Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 3:45 pm
by mypifi
theres a couple similar projects on used to film post coming through a letterbox, that might help you come up with something.

Re: Home alarm system help

Posted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 10:23 pm
by Gadjetnut
If you are building an alarm system, please check out this website:

They have full instructions on how to create an alarm system with email alerts, web based dashboard to view and control you alarm. No fees.