Webcam inactivity monitor?

Posted on 2011-05-09
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
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?


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.  

Question by:mike2401
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    Without sounding sarcastic if you can already monitor activity via your current webcam via email for example like this product.

    If you don't get an email within 12 hours isn't that the same thing as monitoring inactivity?

    Author Comment

    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.

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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.

    Author Comment

    It turns out my camera has the capability to define schedules for motion activity:

    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,


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