[olug] RPi as a security camera

William Mihalo wmihalo at gmail.com
Mon Jun 4 21:24:37 CDT 2018

I had a problem with petty theft of small items from my cubicle when I was
not at work. I used a locked down webcam to record jpg picture frames. I
also used the open source motion package to trigger recording when somebody
came into my cubicle. This worked out pretty well and I had a close-up shot
of the person doing the thefts.

In a video surveillance environment, you need a high resolution camera with
a wide field of view. For something quick, you could use motion on a Pi and
upload jpgs to a google drive. The amount of storage used would be pretty
minimal. Also, I cleaned out jpg storage on a weekly basis if nothing

Bill Mihalo

On Sun, Jun 3, 2018 at 1:04 PM, Dan Linder <dan at linder.org> wrote:

> I'm looking to setup my RPi with a USB camera (Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000)
> as a short-term camera to watch for someone throwing eggs in the
> neighborhood (joys of being married to a teacher!).
> I haven't done any research yet (this is a tonight / this week project) so
> I wanted to poll the group to see what others might be using.
> I have good wireless, so I plan to save the captured video/images (motion
> triggered) back to my home server and I'd like to make them viewable when
> I'm at work.
> Any specific packages others have used (or suggest to stay away from)?
> Thanks!
> Dan
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