May 19, 2011

EyeSee, a GSM Video Security Camera

IP cameras plus a good Internet connection are the best solution to add video security at any location. You can view the location remotely, record the video and get notified on any alerts detected by the camera. A wide variety of IP cameras are available and you can pick one with the best features for your need. But, what if you do not have the wired Internet and power at the location – no fiber, cable, DSL or WiFi?  And satellite Internet is too expensive. EyeSee, a GSM video security camera fills the gap for this case.

EyeSee uses the cellular GSM (Edge) network to connect. To use, you insert the SIM card from the local mobile provider in the camera. Nothing else is needed. As long as the location is within the GSM coverage (e.g. AT&T or T-Mobile in US), you should be able to use the cameras there. And, the camera is battery operated, so no AC power is needed at location.

The camera is geared to provide full security at the location, as such EyeSee camera includes an impressive set of alarm detectors - motion detector, PIR motion detector, sound detector, glass break detector and tilt, vibration detector.

On an alert, the user is notified (SMS, email) together with photos taken at the time of the alert. Videos are recorded in the .avi format on the onboard SD card.

In video quality, features and performance EyeSee does not match IP cameras or other security cameras and, at $499 it is cheap. But together with the numerous alarm detectors, it provides a full set of security features that other IP cameras do not match today.

The camera can be used with monitored security services such as Vivint (which also uses the GSM network) or ADT Pulse. You can also use it on your own to monitor locations. EyeSee camera should also be useful for police departments who often need video monitoring for areas where Internet and power is not available.