What’s Better? A Motion Detector or an Image SensorBy - 11/18/2014
Motion detectors are valuable and home security companies love them. I’ve never really been a fan but I see their place and understand that they can really lower the total cost of owning a home alarm system. They can be used to watch large rooms or even to trigger home automation events. For example, “unlock my door if there is motion in the garage”. It is in scenarios such as these that I see value but they somewhat fail when it comes to false alarms and false triggers. In response to this, many home security companies have started to sell motion activated image sensors. Image sensors are the new motion detectors and they are much improved.
Motion activated image sensors can do everything a motion detector can do but they also take a still image capture of an event. For example, motion is detected in your living room. With a traditional motion detector you would get an alert or worse, a police dispatch only to find that it was your dog and not a bad guy that set the alarm. In many states false alarms carry a fine that only increases with each incident. Now replay the same incident with an image sensor. This time you get an alert on your smartphone but it comes with an image capture. You can clearly see that your dog is lose in the living room, disarm your system, and head home to make sure he is safe.
If you own a motion detector is it worth it to upgrade?
I vote yet. Yes it is worth it. Motion sensors give you more control. You can now see and confirm if the event is an emergency or a false alarm. Not only is this useful during an event but it can be useful for total surveillance. You can collect captured images over time or perhaps visually confirm that your kids made it home from school on time. To do this would be easy! You could set an image sensor by your front door and receive visual confirmation on your smartphone daily.
If you are just getting started with home security we recommend LiveWatch. The LiveWatch Image Sensor combines a wireless PIR (Passive Infrared) motion sensor, an integrated still camera, completely wireless communication, and LiveWatch Interactive Services. The LiveWatch Image Sensor offers an entirely new service designed to deliver better security through visual verification of alarms and increased engagement through on-demand property views.