The term “motion sensor” is a term widely used but never appropriately explained.
Without getting into the nitty gritty details of motion sensing, here are 3 big differences in motion detecting that might make you think twice about letting your camera do the motion sensing!
1. Traditional Motion Sensing (Infrared)
Traditional motion sensors use infra red technology to sense heat. They detect intruder’s heat signatures as the enter the detection area. Be careful though, a window that absorbs heat during the day can also set them off!
Make sure the installer knows what he is doing so you don’t experience false alarms.
2. Digital Motion Sensing
Most camera systems will come with some sort of motion sensing technology. But digital motion sensing only looks at changes in the pixels that may look like motion.
IE: sun coming up in the morning, a tree in the background moving in the wind
Outdoor cameras have the most trouble giving accurate notifications. If this is not set up correctly, you will be flooded with notifications and emails of false alarms!
3. Smart Motion Sensing
Newer camera systems will have software that can tell the difference between humans, vehicles and even animals.
Algorithms will differ from product to product and will usually involve a monthly fee. There are some products that have this ability built in which you can use without paying a monthly fee (See our Swift Smart Cameras!)