Catch a thief, from 10,000 miles away

Fully automated house showcases hi-tech surveillance which can be accessed on smartphone

Catch a thief, from 10,000 miles away

Beckoned by a foreign trip, you lock your house and head out with family. Tracking your every move, a burglar lands up the next night. But the minute he fiddles with the door lock, you get an alert on your smartphone 10,000 miles away.

You quickly tap a one-touch button, remotely rotate a surveillance camera towards the door, record, take a snap and trigger a hooter. Panicked, the intruder flees. But his identity is compromised.

This isn’t science fiction, but a working hi-security feature retro-fitted into a 30-year-old house in Indiranagar. Taking home automation to a different level, the two-storey building is hyper-packed with a network of security sensors linked to a in-house central server. The server stores information in multimedia, accessible globally by a remote login through HTTPS and a smart device.

For instance, the smart streaming option will help the owner see what’s happening inside the house, live. Automation Apps on a smartphone will let him/her see up to six channels at a time. Notifications are sent from each of those IP (Internet Protocol) cameras.

Wireless digital lock

The security system hits you right at the doorstep. Attached to that quarter century-old door is an innocuous, wireless digital lock.

But behind it lurks a tech monster, complete with a progressive scanner, a number keypad, smart card and chipsets that let you control it from smartphones and tablets. Even if the burglar proves smarter, a slew of sensors await inside: Devices that spark alerts for any intrusion, motion, vibration or smoke not in tune with the predefined levels.

It works because everything is integrated, the IP cameras, sensors, the automation gateway and the wireless network, as Raksha Ranjit, COO of tech startup, Wi-Yantra, explains. If the network is down, the edge recording feature in the camera is enabled. This means, once the network is restored, the recorded file is transferred on to the network server.

Retro-fitting sensors

This remote surveillance approach through home automation could be an answer to the threats faced by Bengalureans from mounting crime threats. Retro-fitting the sensors and networks wirelessly could be an option for thousands of old houses in the City, ill-equipped to integrate the cables. Tech expert Ranjit Prasad feels automation can work provided it is convenient, doesn’t have a layer of dos and don’ts, is scalable, customisable and affordable.
DH News Service

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