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Why Switching to Event Recording can Save you Time and Money

For those unfamiliar with the terminology, Event Recording is a camera functionality where it only records footage when something is actually happening. To put it in perspective, the opposite of this would be Continuous Recording, which means that a camera is essentially recording 24/7. 

The core component of what makes Event Recording work hinges upon the camera’s ability to recognize that something is happening. When it comes to security systems, sensors are this key ingredient.  

When you get down to it, there are a vast amount of sensors available on the market, including motion detectors, fire detectors, and glass break detectors, all serving different roles and most with the ability to be connected to and benefit from Angelcam’s cloud-based services. 

For instance, once you have a sensor installed and connected, an event detected by the sensor serves as a trigger for the cameras to start recording. Usually, they’ll continue to record for a certain period of time (eg. 30 seconds) unless there are more events coming from a sensor. In such cases, the recording time is prolonged.

What are the benefits of Event Recording compared to continuous recording?

  • No need to go through hours of useless recordings where nothing is happening. When using the Angelcam mobile application, you can easily navigate through a list of events for each camera, quickly viewing each respective recording individually.

  • Save internet connection data. In some cases, like when you need to remotely monitor your summer house, the amount of internet data your security system is using might be of paramount concern and make continuous recording an unnecessarily costly option. With Event Recording, cameras only send data when it’s needed. 

  • Lower Storage costs. Event Recording means that much less video, versus continuous recording, needs to be stored. As a result, that means lower fees from your recording provider. 

With Angelcam, there are three individual types of Event Recording: Post-Event Recording, Server-Pre Event Recording, and Device Pre-Event Recording. Each of them has different technical requirements and brings varying features and benefits to customers

Post-Event Recording

Post-event recording is when a camera starts recording after an event has happened. With regards to Angelcam, that delay is approximately 2 seconds.

Advantages:

  • No special hardware required 
  • Post-Event Only Recording is available for any camera that can be connected to Angelcam 
  • Decreases internet data consumption – Data is only transferred when the camera is recording

Disadvantages:

  • Video before the event is not available 

Server Pre-Event Recording

To help mitigate the aforementioned drawback of Post-Event Recording, Server Pre-event Recording utilizes Angelcam’s on-going connection to the video stream and continually stores a few seconds of what’s being recorded. Thanks to that, in case an event occurs, the video directly before the event will be available as well.

Advantages:

  • No special hardware required
  • Video before and after an event is readily available

Disadvantages:

  • The consumption of internet data is the same as it is with continuous recording. Since the storage of buffered video is happening in the cloud, our cloud needs to be connected to the camera permanently.

Device Pre-Event Recording

To be able to record what happens before the event, while eliminating the need to be continually using your internet connection, we’re developing a special firmware that is easily installed on your camera and stores the last few seconds of the video directly on the device and sends it to the Angelcam cloud when asked for it. This functionality will also be available on our AngelBox devices. 

Advantages:

  • Video before the event is available
  • Decreases internet data consumption 

Disadvantages:

  • Currently, the firmware is only supported on select cameras 
  • If your camera isn’t currently supported, the additional cost of an AngelBox is required

At this moment, Angelcam only offers Post-Event Recording but Server Pre-Event recording will be available in Q4 of 2019. Device Pre-Event recording is scheduled for Q1 of 2020.


Our top picks for RTS-compatible Sensors

The current home and business security market is simply overcrowded. It’s jam-packed with cameras, alarm panels, sensors and other devices that go a long way to helping you better protect what matters most, but present a complex decision-making process.

When it comes to what feature or functionality to prioritize when it’s time to make that decision, we believe our newly-added service, Real-time Security, and which devices are compatible with it, may help give you that deciding push. 

Why you may ask. Well, Angelcam’s Real-time Security was built to rectify one of the greatest drawbacks of current security products – the ability to monitor, verify, and take action in real-time. Since not many devices on the market are ready, in terms of speed of detection, verification, and response capabilities, to take advantage of Angelcam RTS your pool of options just got a lot more focused.

In reality, while there are plenty of options that could work with RTS, we set out to identify only a dozen or so devices that we feel do so above and beyond the others. Those that put users in an optimal position to do what Angelcam’s RTS sets out to do, which is to not just monitor activity but to empower you to effectively react in a timely manner, mitigating any issues that may arise.

Staying on top of your Security with Real-time Alerts

Angelcam’s RTS is built upon users getting real-time alerts when cameras or sensors detect something. With that, there are three ways of how a user receives an instant push notification in their Angelcam mobile app from any sensor or camera.

  1. An email is sent to a specific email address that is automatically generated for every new sensor at My sensors page. Put simply, the sensor or video motion detection will generate and send an email to that designated sensor email address, triggering an event and a push notification. Take a look how to find your sensor’s email address.

2) An event is sent via IFTTT. Here is a short, 1-minute video guide that provides an example of how this works, using a D-Link Home Wi-Fi Motion Sensor.

3) Events are sent via API for more advanced users and developers. More info can be found here.

With that said, we’ve compiled a shortlist of some vendors, and their associated products, that can be connected to the Angelcam Cloud platform and take advantage of Angelcam’s RTS and instant video verification capabilities. 

D-Link Home Wi-Fi Motion Sensor

D-Link Home Wi-Fi Motion Sensor

The D-Link Home Wi-Fi Motion Sensor is a very small and cost-effective motion sensor that doesn’t require a base station. It’s connected directly to your router via integrated WiFi and has a very easy installation process, which only requires the download and installation of the D-link app to properly onboard the sensor.     


The D-Link Home Wi-Fi Motion Sensor supports IFTTT (see the 1-minute installation guide) and thus can be connected to the Angelcam platform to send push notifications to the Angelcam App.

Advantages:

  • Very affordable price – $24.99 (no additional costs)
  • Easy setup requiring only your phone
  • IFTTT that works with Angelcam
  • Available on Amazon

Disadvantages:

  • No 4G cellular backup
  • Requires a power outlet

Minialarm

Minialarm aims to change the rules of the game with its easy-to-use, multi-functional, stand-alone sensor that doesn’t require an internet connection to send you alarm notifications. As an NB-IoT, stand-alone device, it doesn’t need a base station, but only four AA batteries and the aforementioned NB-IoT connection.

Minialarm can trigger an alarm when movement from the PIR or internal shock and leverage detector is registered. In other words, you simply place the Minialarm anywhere you have NB-IoT coverage and you’re good to go!

Advantages:

  • No need for an internet connection or external power supply (powered by 4x AA batteries)
  • Uses Narrow-Band IoT, meaning it doesn’t require internet connectivity
  • Doesn’t require a base unit 
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Optimized for false alarm mitigation (multiple sensors logic)

Disadvantages:

  • Can only be used in NB-IoT compliant countries 
  • NB-IoT data subscription has to be purchased separately (first 12 months are included)

Scout Alarm

Scout alarm

Reflecting the needs of most customers, Scout Alarm offers a full spectrum of security devices and sensors, which generally require the use of a base unit (the Scout Hub) and are not stand-alone devices. This hub joins all of the sensors together and connects them to the internet.

All sensors currently offered by Scout work with Nest, Amazon Alexa, Hue, IFTTT, Google Assistant and Lifx.

The Scout Alarm system is fully modular and consists of the following sensors:

Door panel – The Door Panel is dual-purpose, acting as both an access point to the system via an RFID reader, meaning it can be armed and disarmed without your phone, and also a means of monitoring activity at the main entry door. It also includes a built-in105 dB siren, ensuring the alarm will be heard throughout the home.

Motion Sensor – Detects motion up to 25 ft (7 m) away. With a 90 degree field of view, it’s great for monitoring critical paths throughout a house.

Access Sensor – Detects the opening and closing of windows, doors, cabinets, and safes.

Water Sensor – Prevents substantial water damage as you’re instantly alerted the moment water is detected.

Smart Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector – This detector constantly monitors your home for the presence of smoke and CO. If an event occurs, your system’s sirens will trigger and you’ll be notified.

Glass Break Sensor – Monitors your home for the sound and vibration of breaking glass. 

Advantages:

  • Wide range of sensors
  • 60-day return policy
  • 3-year warranty
  • 4G cellular and battery backup
  • Integration possibilities – works with Angelcam (via IFTTT)
  • Available on Amazon

Disadvantages:  

  • Sensors always require a Base unit (i.e. Scout Hub)
  • Only 1 indoor camera and 1 video doorbell are supported

Netatmo

While Netatmo is well known for it’s easy-to-use Smart Home Weather Stations, they also offer a variety of Security, Energy and Air Care devices. Netatmo products are also compliant with IFTTT, Apple HomeKit, and Google Assistant.

When talking only about its security sensors, Netatmo offers the following:

Smart Indoor Siren – Scare intruders away and better protect your home against burglaries.

Smart Door And Window Sensors – Get notified before a break-in even occurs.
Smart Smoke Alarm – Alerts you in the event of a fire.

Advantages:

  • Does not require a hub, as every sensor is stand-alone (Every sensor has its own Wifi connection to your home router)
  • 60-day return policy
  • 1 additional year of warranty for free
  • Integration possibilities – works with Angelcam (IFTTT)
  • Available on Amazon

Disadvantages:

  • No 4G cellular backup

💡 Is there any device you would like us to test? Just drop a line to our Community forum here.

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Angelcam is strengthening its team, as Simon McDermott takes the helm and looks to forge new, innovative business partnerships for the company

We are strengthening our team with the additions of both Michal Majsky and Simon McDermott. Their addition looks to further strengthen our commitment to providing a top-of-the-line, unified means of monitoring home and business security systems (incl. cameras, alarms, sensors, etc.), easily accessing and viewing footage, verifying alarms in rapid fashion, and more. As our new Business Development Director, Simon will harness his expertise to seek out new business opportunities and, most importantly, acquire new partners and secure collaborative partnerships for innovative initiatives. As our new Head of Development, Michal will be focused on managing the company‘s team of developers.

“We’ve been focusing on finding new people and strengthening our team since the beginning of the year. But it’s not just about the singular pursuit of new business opportunities or product improvement for us. First and foremost, we’re looking for individuals that share our mindset, not those who are ideal at first sight based on a polished-up resume. At Angelcam, we like to make mistakes. We don’t track employee attendance, but rather look to provide a relaxed, yet professional environment where employees can be themselves, with maximum freedom and responsibility. And even though we’re not short on candidates, not everyone can work like this. Michal and his commitment to hard work, respect, and encouraging the team every day, reflects that mindset. After a long courtship, we decided to bet on Simon as well – and we’re ecstatic that he bet on us too. Not only are both of them empowering the future and vision of our Real-Time security, but I’m learning a lot from them as well – and I love that!” says Petr Ocásek, the founder and CEO of Angelcam.

“I joined Angelcam because I believe in the company’s mission and I see a huge potential for growth in the sector in which it operates. Even though there’s likely to be a lot of competition in this industry in the future, Angelcam will always have a big head start in research and development as well as a strong position on the market,” says Simon McDermott, Angelcam’s Business Development Director.

Simon McDermott has worked for prominent high-tech companies all over Europe; first for Cisco and Intel, then for startups such as Brandwatch, Emolytics, SoPrism, Jam Publishing, and others. He is the co-founder and former CEO of Attentio, a pioneer startup in the area of analytics and online brand monitoring. He was also responsible for clients such as Johnson & Johnson, Intel, Microsoft, IBM, Carlsberg, Vodafone, and others. Simon was also involved with the Polish incubator STARTER, where he was one of the experts for the Starter Rocket program for the best technological startups in Poland. He received an entrepreneurial award for Attentio, and sales awards from Intel and Cisco. While he was at Brandwatch, he worked in the project team which received the 2014 European deal (SEAT) award.

Simon also acts as the host at many large events, including the well-known Future Port with 10,000 participants. At the Reflect Festival in Cyprus he interviewed biochemist, beauty queen turned entrepreneur Iman Oubou. He’ll also be at How To Web in Bucharest this month

“While working as a freelancer, I always valued the freedom and flexibility it gave me. But as time went by, the need to work on several projects at one time started to be a little tiring, and I also started realizing that often a larger team and internal product development are necessary. Angelcam, therefore, represents all the things which are important to me right now – freedom, the opportunity to focus on one project, and the ability to truly influence something,” Michal Majsky, Angelcam’s Head of Development, states. 

Michal has worked in software development for over 10 years. In the past, he co-founded a software development company and as a supplier, he stood at the technological birth of many successful projects, such as the psychologie.cz and nevyhazujteto.cz portals; a social network for poets called, Poetizer; internet TV obbod; and Smybox, a smart photobooth.

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Introducing the New, Powerful Angelcam API

The cat is officially out of the bag! Yes, we’re proud to announce that today the new Angelcam API officially goes live to the public and with it comes an exciting new venture for the Angelcam team and for all of you developers, integrators, and entrepreneurs out there who will benefit from the features and functionality that comes along with it. Not a developer? Don’t worry! With IFTTT, you too can set up your own Angelcam API solutions without having to know any programming.

When we set out to create Angelcam’s cloud-based services, we decided then and there that we would create an overall framework that could eventually be adapted and applied into an API format. Over time, we gradually put that intention into action, culminating into what is now the only API currently available on the market that provides a unified interface between applications and camera-enabled devices, sensors, alarms, and other related third-party devices and also just happens to fuel our recently-released Angelcam mobile app which is available for both Android and iOS devices.

Going a step further, the combination of the Angelcam API with our recently-introduced Angelcam Connector provides an end-to-end solution for building a vast array of custom applications, features, and functionality. In addition, the API can manage any and all notifications triggered by cameras and/or sensors, opening up a wealth of functionality options.

As part of our pilot program, we collaborated with some developers who helped us work out the kinks, build out features and functionality, and truly explore the possibilities our API presented. For example, the company Looplay created a mobile application that allows users to tap into live camera streams at sports facilities to capture and share their own game footage. 

We’re very lucky to have stumbled upon Angelcam’s API solution to connect cameras to our web app and give users easy access,” stated Edmond Yazbeck, co-founder at Looplay. “We think it’s the easiest and fastest way to get your cam feed to the world.”.

We’re proud to say that the utilization of our API has helped them create not only an engaging product but also a viable business.

Read this and other similar success stories at our blog.

To give you a glimpse of how you could possibly use the Angelcam API, here’s a smattering of some other use case examples:

  • You can integrate the live stream or cloud recording into your own mobile app or other kinds of software. Just like we have done with our Angelcam mobile app which is available for both Android and iOS devices or Looplay or Tboxtour.
  • Surveillance companies or companies with their own monitoring center can pair the feed from Angelcam with their alarms and integrate it into their own interface
  • Make your own cloud-recording interface
  • Stream live and recorded footage from cameras on mobile devices
  • Capture and download snapshots to, for example, create customized timelapse videos
  • Utilize triggered events from cameras, sensors, or IFTTT devices
  • And so much more

Beyond that, extended features or functionality, not available by default, can be explored upon request. This includes the ability to use other apps and or services in conjunction with the Angelcam API. Take a look at how the biggest security provider in the Czech Republic took advantage of this.

When you get to the heart of the matter, providing a tool for people to use to help them achieve their own goals is what has us so excited. To that end, we’re not only offering the Angelcam API for free for personal usage, but also look forward to working with all interested parties to not only help them build their products but, like our cooperation with Looplay, help them monetize and market their solutions. 

Essentially, if you build something useful for our community of home and business customers found across 140+ countries, we’ll be happy to spread the word or even promote it directly within Angelcam products and services.


To learn more about the Angelcam API and how you can get started, have a look at our API documentation and create your own API key from your Angelcam dashboard, by creating a token and setting its respective scope. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our support team and we’ll be happy to assist.


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Stay safe while on vacation with Angelcam

Pre-vacation blues got you down? You know the feeling. Your plans are all set, tickets are all booked, and sunscreen is all secured, but what about that sinking feeling you have about your home? How can you ensure its safety while you’re away and rest easier knowing that while your vacation will eventually come to an end, that your home will be just as you left it when you return?Believe it or not, it’s much easier than you think and to show you we’ve put together five savvy tips on how you can better secure your home while you’re gone.

#1: Share your camera feeds with family, friends, or trusted  neighbors

Angelcam offers the ability to share your camera’s livestream or cloud recording capabilities with other Angelcam accounts. By doing so, you can rest easier knowing you have a second, third, or even more pairs of eyes on your property or belongings. This is especially useful if you plan to be without internet access at any point while you’re away.

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Connect your Axis cameras to the Angelcam Cloud in less than 3 minutes.

We’ve got some news to share that AXIS camera owners are going to simply love!

Starting today, you can now connect your AXIS cameras to the Angelcam Cloud in less than 3 mins! That means absolutely no port forwarding, static and public IP addresses, firewalls, or any other technical prerequisites are required. It’s plug-and-play cloud connection.

With it, you’ll not only save time, but you’ll also ensure your stream remains secure with our top of the line encryption. 

Watch & Share 

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  • Utilize our suite of mobile and web apps for services such as live remote monitoring and camera sharing
  • Works with an unlimited number of cameras and sites
  • Smart multi-camera view works with even the slowest internet connection

Find Out What Happened

record and access
  • Continuous video recording with up to 8x speed playback capabilities and up to 2 years of retention
  • Identifying and jumping to key, triggered events in your timeline is made easy thanks to cross-compatibility with IFTTT devices, alarm panels, and other smart devices and sensors
  • Clips can be downloaded, shared, or stored easily in our secure cloud Clip Vault indefinitely

Protect What you Care About

emergencies won't wait
  • With our Real-time Monitoring service, you can rest easy knowing a professional operator is monitoring your cameras when you need them to. (Selected markets only)
  • Remotely arm and disarm a site, perform video verification, and engage your family members.

Want to get started? Learn more about and install the Angelcam Connector APP for your AXIS cameras here:

Stay safe with Angelcam!

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Skilled mobile developers wanted

At Angelcam, except for other projects, we are building a mobile app that can be used “just” for viewing live or recorded video from cameras but we would like to learn this app much more. The word “just” is not quoted by accident. There are tonnes of apps for viewing camera streams but there’s only one that can be used to connect almost any camera or alarm from any manufacturer – our app.

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New App

Say hello to (y)our new favorite security app

For the past 9 months, the team at Angelcam has been hard at work on a special project that will help unify our suite of security products and give you, our users, a more robust means of helping you protect that which matters most.

For some, that may mean your business and the livelihood it provides you and those that work alongside you. For others, that could mean ensuring the safety of your home and the loved ones that reside within.

Whatever matters most to you, we want to help ensure it remains safe and secure and to that end have prepared a new and improved way of monitoring and managing your security system, no matter where you are.

Say hello to the new Angelcam app and say hello to a greater peace of mind.

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