In addition to the standard function of transmitting images, a smart security camera also has intelligence functions. For example, with a smart security camera you can think of facial recognition or the detection of an object that has been left unattended. More and more surveillance cameras that are offered today have one or more smart functions and are therefore smart security cameras. Because the range is now so much, this can be confusing when you want to buy a smart camera. In this decision aid we therefore discuss the various smart functions that can be found on surveillance cameras so that you can make the best choice before ordering a smart security camera.
What can a smart security camera do?
With a smart security camera, image and or environment analysis is carried out in a certain way to which functions can be linked. Here we give some examples of functions that smart security cameras can have:
- Motion detection
Detecting motion is actually the most basic function of a smart camera. Based on the analysis of the image or by an external PIR motion sensor, movement is detected and the smart security camera will start filming. This smart function is often extended with pre- and post-motion recording, which means that a piece of video is added to the video of the motion detection before or after the movement.
A smarter way to detect motion with a security camera is to set up certain tripwires. These are lines in the screen that, when broken, can trigger an action, such as starting a video recording.
- car tracking
Smart surveillance cameras with Auto tracking have a PTZ function that automatically follows a person or object as they move through the image.
- Face recognition
The latest generation of smart security cameras are equipped with facial recognition. An image bank is then created in the camera system with the different faces and records are kept of who has been in the picture and how often. This smart function can also be used to create a blacklist, for example, so that a notification is immediately given if a certain person is detected.
- Line crossing
When a smart camera has the line crossing function, it is possible to use it as a visitor counter and whether, for example, just as many people have left the building as entered before an object is closed.
In which models are they available?
Because a smart security camera often involves image analysis, all models of cameras with smart functions can be expanded by the manufacturer. Only the auto tracking function where vehicles and people are followed when they move is only possible with a PTZ smart camera.
Advantages and disadvantages of smart security cameras
Because a smart security camera analyzes the image for you, this can save a lot of time in reviewing images and the images that have been recorded are much more relevant. Fortunately, the basic functions of a smart security camera can be found in almost every model of camera nowadays, and that is the motion detection that is used the most.
The abundance of functions can be seen as a disadvantage of smart surveillance cameras. Sometimes these smart functions make the security camera's menu less clear. Furthermore, the higher cost of a smart security camera is a disadvantage, especially if you are not going to use its capabilities.
Learn more about smart security cameras
When you are considering buying a smart security camera or ordering it online, it is advisable to clarify which smart functions you need. If you are not sure about this, we advise you to contact us in advance by telephone when ordering online or to visit one of our stores.