Tripwire is a video analytics function that provides smart detection of events captured by a security camera that supports Tripwire. It is a more effective way of monitoring and guarding an area of interest than simple motion detection. Despite motion detection being a commonly sought after feature on security cameras, there are multiple occasions of false positive alerts. Instead, use the Tripwire function if your camera supports it. Please refer the to the product description of the camera you purchased to determine whether it supports the Tripwire function. This video guide will show you how to properly set the Tripwire rule.

Using our security cameras with Smart Detection functions like Tripwire allows for an area to be guarded and alert the user of any trespasser. Tripwire smart detection is ideal for a large warehouse, bank, retail store and even found to be useful for the home. If you have an entry point where you can draw a virtual line that shouldn’t be crossed, then the Tripwire function is the method of choice.

After correctly enabling the settings through your security camera, when a subject passes through the tripwire you can be alerted via email or push alert to your Smart Phone, while recording video simultaneously on your recorder. Sometimes tripwires are used to monitor a business's conveyer belt, or supervise a building's occupancy level. In the video above, we discuss employees coming in late and how to warn an owner of this. By doing so, this type of behavior can be discouraged and avoided.

You can easily set a tripwire line and the direction you’d like to be alerted to depending on why you've chosen to use this setting. Set the tripwire to alert you when someone crosses over going left, right, or be alerted when crossing over the line in either direction. A tripwire can be drawn on any surface without creating anymore excess expense for your business as well as avoiding the need for a costly security guard.

There are a few limitations to this video analytics function to be aware of. Tripwire should not be used in a highly populated area, but one with minimal movement and activity. When setting a Tripwire it is best to draw the line a few extra feet away from the region you wish to guard in order to perform the operation in a more reliable manner. The reason being is it takes approximately ten seconds for a tripwire to confirm a subject has passed. With this in mind, and the video supplied, competently set the tripwire to put your mind at ease knowing you will be alerted of any issue that this smart function can be used for.

We recommend using a conservative and logical approach to configuring these rules so that the number of rules are minimized.

Below is a video that shows how to set a tripwire using the web interface of the camera itself if you have the camera accessible over the LAN.

Smart Detection features can also be configured and set up using the web interface for your NVR or DVR. By accessing the web interface of your security camera system you can enable Smart Detection, create rules, and configure alerts. It is important to mention that Smart Detection features are proprietary, meaning Smart Detection features will only work with compatible equipment purchased from CCTV Camera World. Third party cameras and recorders will not be able to access and utilize Smart Detection features. All of the smart cameras we offer support Smart Detection include the digital tripwire, and intrusion detection zones. In our video below we show how to set a tripwire and intrusion rule, and confirm your recording schedule. After you’ve set Smart Detection you can search recorded video based on what was recorded from your Smart Detection rules.

If you do not have web browser access to your security camera system you can still set up Smart Detection using a mouse and monitor with your system. The process is similar to using the web interface of the cameras. First enable Smart Detection, then create your rules. After your rules are created and you’ve configured trigger settings you can then set your recording schedule to pick up those rules. When Smart Detection is configured properly it will record under the “IVS” classification and shows up as a different color on the timeline. Watch our video below that demonstrates how to set up and configure Smart Detection on the video recorder of your camera system, as well as playback video using a mouse and monitor.

Don Stephens is a Technical Support Manager at CCTV Camera World, a leading Security Camera distributor located in Buffalo, NY. His area of expertise is in designing professional security camera systems for medium and large scale businesses, schools, and government projects.

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