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Subject: more on Off-the-shelf home remote monitoring system (was Re: [IP] Man in Germany Foils Burglary in Brazil) or Kindergarten Cam Redux

  • From: David Farber <dave@farber.net>
  • To: ip@v2.listbox.com
  • Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2006 08:26:20 +0900



Begin forwarded message:

From: Bob Frankston <Bob2-19-0501@bobf.frankston.com>
Date: December 15, 2006 7:56:46 AM JST
To: dave@farber.net, ip@v2.listbox.com
Subject: RE: Off-the-shelf home remote monitoring system (was Re: [IP] Man in Germany Foils Burglary in Brazil) or Kindergarten Cam Redux


This is the same story we saw ten years ago with camera in a kindergarten so a parent could view the child from the office. The telling fact that this is still new and novel because people didn’t understand the real importance of the story – they probably considered a tale of how someone managed to do the impossible when the real point was that it was straightforward. But that was then, today we have a more twisting and winding passages but it is still doable off-to-the shelf.

Many webcam companies offer this as a standard feature using their web sites to rendezvous in lieu of having stable end point identifiers. This is much in the “just works” category – at least in terms of connecting to the cameras. The cameras typically have motion detection and can even email alerts with images. As you pay more you get features such automatic panning and logging and microphones.

While this is all nice it is typically packaged and wrapped into a browser control – I do want access to the lower level APIs. But this is part of the larger issue of taking back the Edge-to-Edge Internet (End-to-End now is interpreted as Womb-to-Tomb) as I explain in http://www.frankston.com/?name=OurInternet.

Of course we should also think a little about privacy issues—how good are the implementations? Can we assume the images are encrypted?

PS: I note the article says that the camera was connected to the Internet. I hope that we’ll soon get past this because how else would you connect the camera to anything? Today we still have special camera (or video) wires. That does seem strange, having a wire for each purpose and special radios for each kind of bit. Very strange indeed.



-----Original Message-----
From: David Farber [mailto:dave@farber.net]
Sent: Thursday, December 14, 2006 17:20
To: ip@v2.listbox.com
Subject: Off-the-shelf home remote monitoring system (was Re: [IP] Man in Germany Foils Burglary in Brazil)








Begin forwarded message:

From:   Dave Crocker <dcrocker@bbiw.net>

Date:    December 15, 2006 7:04:11 AM JST

To:       dave@farber.net

Cc: ip@v2.listbox.com, Ross Stapleton-Gray <ross@stapleton- gray.com>

Subject: Off-the-shelf home remote monitoring system (was Re: [IP] Man in Germany Foils Burglary in Brazil)







David Farber wrote:

“Businessman Joao Pedro Wettlauser was in Cologne, Germany, on Sunday when he received an alert on his phone informing him that someone had entered his vacation house in Guaruja, 54 miles southof Sao Paulo, police said.



He quickly turned on his laptop and, thanks to security cameras connected to the Internet, was able to see a tattooed man stuffing goods into trash bags...”





On the one hand, it is clear that all of the pieces of technology and software for doing this are readily available.

On the other hand, I find myself unclear what the necessary details are, for arranging this sort of set up work in a normal home and with normal cell phones, smartphones, laptops, and the like.

As a small example, normal home Internet connections are not very workable for the operation of servers, yet this report described coming from the Internet and going into the home’s resources.

I therefore suspect it would be of community benefit to have some folks suggest the pieces and how to arrange them. This would be for a home with typical DSL or Cable Internet attachment, typical Windows or Macintosh machines, and a user who has good installation and administration skills, but not at the level of programming, or otherwise requiring deep expertise.

Or there might already be some citations to such recommendations.

d/



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Dave Crocker

Brandenburg InternetWorking

bbiw.net






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