Sighthound claims to add people detection and better search to home security
I am a long time customer of a home security system, and it has been a wild ride through much of its history, but not one I will detail here -- suffice it to say, the alarm can scare you to death for no reason at times. Adding a camera can intensify this problem, by opening up the motion detection to every creature that wonders into the field of view -- a lot as I live in a rural area.
Now, Sighthound wishes to fix that problem with new technology that can distinguish images and filter out the false alarms. "Sighthound Video has been trained to simulate the human brain’s recognition abilities. The software not only detects motion, it detects people. The software’s ability to detect and differentiate humans from animals or other objects greatly reduces the number of false positives and unnecessary alerts sent to users, which can make even the most modern security cameras unusable", the company claims.
The company says that Sighthound is the first video security software to work seamlessly on Macs, PC's, iPads, iPhones and Android without the need for a browser plug-in or a mobile download.
The company also claims that its software can search through days or weeks worth of video in seconds to find events that interest you -- handy if you are away for an extended period of time.
Sighthound Video is not restricted to any single make of camera -- it works with any IP camera or webcam with an accessible video feed, which is almost all IP cameras and webcams on sale today. After installation, it claims to find most cameras automatically, and that you will be up and using the desktop software within 60 seconds. Users can also control remote access to their videos by creating secure links to the Sighthound software.
All of this sounds like a dream come true for security-conscious consumers, but this is a brand new product, so there could be some false positives along the path. It's certainly an intriguing announcement though.