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Surveillance Camera DVR Mobile Push Notification

This hidden CCTV camera is connected to an iDVR-PRO surveillance DVR which detects motion and sends a mobile push notification to iPhone. The covert spy camera used in the video is a HCPRO-SD380 smoke detector camera. The DVR is an iDVR-PRO16A.

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HCPRO-HD380 Smoke Detector Camera

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In this video I'll demonstrate how to receive a push notification on iPhone when a hidden CCTV camera detects motion as I enter the room. This security camera is connected to an iDVR-PRO video surveillance DVR like the one shown here using RG59 coax cable. The software of the DVR is what actually detects the motion event and triggers the push notification.

Let's start by configure the DVR. From the DVR's main menu, select system setup, and then select network and email. You need to set up an SMTP server. I'm going to use Gmail, and I have details on the website of how to set up a Gmail SMTP server. Here's a link to that.

Next go over to event and select even notification. We're using a push service called Pushover that actually takes an email and then sends a push notification. I'll also give you a link here to instructions on how to set up the Pushover service. They'll give you an email address that you'll add into this box here.

Then next, go to motion sensor, being that we're going to use motion as the event to trigger the push notification. The camera we're going to use is on channel 16. Check the box here for email notifications for camera 16. I'm going to switch back to the live view of our cameras on our DVR. Actually, I have the video frozen for a minute because I want to point out a few things.

The smoke detector camera that I'm using on channel 16 is the one that we just configured to trigger the push notification via that special email address. Notice the letter see in the upper right hand corner of the other three cameras. I only have camera 16 set up to record on motion only, and when there's no motion there will be that square displayed in the upper right hand corner. When I enter the door in a second from across the room you'll see that the square in the upper right corner of channel 16 turns to a capital M. This means that the DVR is now recording based on motion detection, and I should receive a push notification on my iPhone also.

This is what the event looked like live on the DVR. I'm going to switch over a second. I also recorded this on my iPhone so you can see the event on the iPhone live and when I get the push notification you can also see that. I'm going to switch to a view of my iPhone now to show you what it looked like when the event was triggered so you can see what the push notification looks like on the phone. I was recording the entire video from my iPhone as well so we can see that. You'll see in a second the push message will appear in the upper part of the screen. There's a few seconds delay between when the event occurs and when the message is received. There it is right there. Notice the event occurred at 12:27 and 34 seconds.

Now I'm going to play back the recorded video from the iPhone app. Here's a live view in the iPhone app. If I single tap on the screen that brings up the menu. From the menu I tap on log view. When the log view screen appears I'm going to select a time and date range. Remember, the event happened at approximately 12:27 so I'm going to select that as the start time. Then I'm going to filter by motion because I know I'm looking for a motion detection event. There's all the events that occurred in that time frame. I'm going to tap on the one at 12:27. The recorded video surveillance will begin playing back in the iPhone app like this. If I single tap on the screen it brings up the menu and I can switch the video quality to high definition. I'm not going to do it here but you can actually play the video and forward and reverse in normal time, and in fast time, so you'll fast forward and fast reverse.

Another thing worth noting is in addition to motion detection these alarms can also be triggered by external sensors like door sensors and motion detectors and things like that. Then I'm just going to switch the iPhone app back to the live view. Here's a live view of camera one on the system.

Here is a picture of the hidden smoke detector camera that was used to capture the surveillance footage for this video. This tiny do not is where the pinhole camera lens peeks out. This is an excellent camera for covert surveillance applications. You can learn more about the camera on this page. The camera was connected to an iDVR-PRO CCTV DVR. The software built into the DVR is what was configured to detect the motion from the camera and trigger the push message event. For more information about iDVR-PRO, please visit Thank you for watching.

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