Event-based cameras are not just fancy pieces of equipment you can buy. They have many practical applications and are used everywhere, from the military to your local home security system. The technology can be pricey, and it’s not always the easiest thing to set up. But for those that understand how beneficial these cameras can be in your home or on the job, they are worth it. Learn more about event-based cameras in this blog post by reading further.
What Is Event-Based Camera Technology?
Event-based camera technology is a feature-packed digital video recording type that records continuous images and motion using motion detection software to detect objects or events happening during the recording period. Instead of taking the standard continuous footage and sorting through the recordings to look for actions, these cameras take a small chunk of the recording and record only when motion sensors trigger a movement.
What are the features of event-based cameras?
Event-based cameras have a wide dynamic range (up to 120dB) and can record in low-light and high-light environments, as well as in conditions with intense glare or with scenes that are changing rapidly over time (such as when something is moving rapidly in a dark room).
Event-based cameras also record in wide and variable frame rates, which allows you to choose the recording speed depending on the circumstances. As revealed on the Dioram website, these cameras can be switched on and off remotely (either continuously or only when motion is detected) so that they are not left constantly recording but are only turned on when there is something that requires monitoring. They also have digital noise reduction so that there is less background noise during recordings (which means that you get better audio from your recordings).
How to Install Event-Based Cameras
For this technology to be truly useful, you must understand how it works. The key to making it work has the software that runs the camera and the motion detection system installed and working correctly. This is done via a USB cord since most cameras are connected to computers for power, but some even have battery backup systems for longer-lasting recording periods. Installing software is important for event-based cameras because for them to work properly, you need a way to view your recordings from your computer or cell phone.
The installation process varies from model to model, so research before buying one of these devices. Ensure the software and drivers are compatible with your computer and operating system because this will make the camera work. Some cameras can be tricky to get working correctly, so if you have issues with yours, look for an online forum to help troubleshoot the problem.
How do event-based cameras work?
Event-based cameras operate similarly to other video cameras, but instead of storing video after it has been recorded, they store information about events that are taking place. When motion is detected, the camera immediately turns on and starts recording. It also continuously records video as long as motion is detected, which means that as long as something requires monitoring, you will have an up-to-date record of what’s happening.
Event-based cameras use either a Passive InfraRed (PIR) sensor or an infra-red sensor to detect motion. A PIR sensor detects motion by monitoring temperature differences in the air, which is why you will find these used in places like outdoor swimming pools and changing rooms. Infrared sensors detect motion via heat rays, so they are more commonly found in areas that have relatively low temperatures and where they are not exposed to direct sunlight.
Many of these cameras are networked, so you can run them remotely and access the footage from anywhere via your computer or smartphone. However, if you want to access the footage from anywhere, you must get a built-in camera with internet capabilities. These cameras are important to monitor any area of your home or business since they can record things happening in any direction. For instance, if you want to be alerted as soon as a window breaks or if someone approaches your home or business, networked cameras can do this by detecting movement. When the recording starts, you can see what is going on and decide how best to react.
How are event-based cameras powered?
Event-based cameras are powered by a battery, either rechargeable or deep cycle. That means they are suitable for use in remote locations where they can’t be connected to the main power supply. The benefit of using a rechargeable battery is that you can recharge the camera when it runs out of power and use it again as soon as you have recharged it.
Benefits of using event-based cameras
Event-based cameras are particularly useful for home security. This is because they record video as long as no motion is detected, which means they are ready to capture evidence if something goes wrong. They can also monitor the behavior of pets and children, which means that you will be alerted when something unexpected happens or someone approaches your property (such as a stranger or a dog).
They can also monitor the behavior of people who enter your premises by car. For example, this could be useful if you run a retail store or a restaurant. One can use it to monitor the car parking areas, record any unusual activity that is taking place, or it can be used to record the number plates of customer’s cars as they approach your business so that you can keep track of which customers are loyal and which are not.
Monitoring repetitive industrial processes
In many cases, event-based cameras can’t record continuously without being connected to mains power, but they can still monitor repetitive industrial processes that take place 24 hours per day (unless you want them to turn off when nothing is happening). This can measure production, quality control, or monitor road works.
Monitoring the elderly
If you want to monitor relatives who live on their own, then an event-based camera might be a good idea, as you can set it to alert you if they enter certain areas of the house (such as the bathroom or the kitchen) or if they get up in the night.
Remote monitoring can be a powerful security tool for businesses and homeowners. The event-based cameras are affordable and easy to install, so anyone can set one up to enhance their security. The cameras work with a central computer running the surveillance software. Get a camera with internet capabilities built in if you want to access it from your computer or smartphone. Many of these devices record footage that is viewable at anytime from anywhere, so it is important to check them periodically for suspicious activity. That can be done remotely or on-site as needed, giving you real-time awareness of what is happening when you are away.