as a result of the breakin/theft, I propose installing 2 cheap ptz ip cameras in the space and use a system I have already created for controlling such cameras using Docker and ffmpeg to make a streamable, recordable feed.
2x PTZ ip cameras, of which I am happy to contribute Like so
Somewhere to run some docker containers on some moderately powerful computer.
Options available to us to use the cameras would include:
Streaming (though unlikely to be used in the space, due to our poor upload speed)
Storing to disk (with a cron task to rotate older video to /dev/null)
Single frames to view akin to the Swindon Makerspace “lookaround” telegram bot.
Personally, I’d rather the initial system was set up in the common areas, covering the fire escape door and the big metal door, as a proof of concept, and to deal with the current problem. We should have a proper discussion of cameras-in-the-space when we’re not rushing to react to outside events
As a Board Member, If we’re recording and storing video, we have to be registered as a data controller with the DPA, so we’ll have to factor the overhead of complying with that into the installation plan.
Yup, that’s what I was anticipating. Maaaybe in the future there’d be a general space camera. Or maybe one in the space with the focus set to blur so that one can tell if something is moving in the space, but not whom or what.
Ok, out of interest, could we just take a few frames a second and not
bother too much with the cpu required to deal with this.
Also, I’m not sure if we /should/ stream the content outside of the
for the two cameras, would the current hp microserver cope, or do we need
to find a new machine?
Regarding taking a few frames a second, the CPU load would not be any different because ffmpeg still has to process the video. Also, theres more than adequate hardware being volenteered. And the likelyhood is @thinkl33t’s offer of a VM will be adequate for 2 cameras.
There is no point in having cameras unless the quality is good unless they’re only for use as a deterrent, in which case signage is important.
Mount the cameras strategically at eye-level where possible or all you will get is a video of someone’s hat. Not necessarily possible in communal areas.
Suggest video over stills, stills will tell you someone was there, not necessarily be able to identify someone.
The cameras may be operating in low light, motion sensitive lights (think, converting existing lights) would both spook an intruder and provide lights for a camera. Could also use motion sensors + entry system to determine wether legit visitor or intruder, could play warning through sound system.
For the privacy conscious, stream video (auto-rotating files?) to disk with a public encryption key, the private key held by one or more trusted members. Bonus points for multiple keys required. This secures video streamed for storage outside the hackspace too, but the bandwidth requirements would be high.