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I have an IP based wireless security camera to keep tabs on an elderly relative.

I have it pointed at the hallway.  If there is no activity for say 12 hours, I'd like to get an email.

My camera has a motion detector, but I want to be notified if there is inactivity, not activity.

Any ideas?

Thanks,
Mike

PS: I'll probably spend $5/month for a senior check-in call (an option on her jitterbug cell phone), but since I already have the camera setup, I'm interested in finding an inactivity solution as well.  

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Without sounding sarcastic if you can already monitor activity via your current webcam via email for example like this product.

http://download.cnet.com/WebCam-Monitor/3000-2348_4-10371995.html

If you don't get an email within 12 hours isn't that the same thing as monitoring inactivity?
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No.  I don't have the "email on" activity set to "on" because I'd be getting emails all the time, constantly being downloaded to my android smart phone.

Instead, I use IPcam  (an app on my smart phone) so I can see live streaming video when I want.

The inactivity monitor is more of an intellectual curiosity because I've be hurting my head trying to figure out to do it.

The best solution is the senior-check in call every day, but I'm curious if anyone has any ideas on the inactivity thing.

Thanks,
Mike
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Ok check out this link.  It does not exactly monitor inactivity but it does allow you to set up time lapse recording over the period of a day so that you can check surveillance over many hours very quickly at a later time.

http://www.willingsoftware.com/
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It turns out my camera has the capability to define schedules for motion activity:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SQVW2E/ref=wms_ohs_product_T2

So, between 11pm and 7am ONLY, it logs motion and emails me.

When I wake up, I always check my gmail.

So, now I expect a thread for that night's activity.  

So, the absence of that email would a cause for concern.

So, although Patmac951, it's not really the solution, it sounds like the best I can get right now.

Thanks all for responding,
Mike


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Thanks!
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