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Brainfusion Security System (using webcam and iPhone) Apps
This article describes how I built a surveillance system, including an iPhone webapp, for my apartment using an old iBook, an external iSight, the Webcam software EvoCam and a set of scripts in AppleScript, PHP, and also some shell scripts.

The whole thing is pretty custom made but I'll document it anyway and with a basic understanding of the technology it should be fairly easy to reproduce with whatever hardware you have available. At the end of the article you'll find a ZIP file with all the scripts I used in the setup.

The Setup:
  • The iBook has the iSight connected and pointed at the entrance door.
  • The iBook is using MAMP to serve PHP scripts and produces some audible confirmation messages.
  • The iPhone webapp shows if the system is armed or not, can start or stop EvoCam, lists all the available surveillance videos and offers a link to the live video stream.
Read the whole article for a detailed explanation of all components.

[crarko adds: This looked like an interesting project for the tinkerers out there. It's a fairly long article, so instead of copying it here you should check the author's site for the details of the setup. I've mirrored the script collection here.]
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