How To Repurpose Webcams into Surveillance Systems

June 9, 2011 by Nathan Miloszewski

If you’re looking for a simple and cost-effective (read: Free) way to keep an eye on all of your stuff using computers and webcams that are lazily laying around the house doing nothing, then check out the Windows based iSpy security software.

Free and Open Source

iSpy is a free, open source, camera security software that can be used with your own computers, webcams, microphones and even IP cameras. Besides costing you nothing, iSpy software has the same functionality as  high-level IP camera software systems:

  • Event Management: Set up alerts and scheduling and get instant, mobile notification when motion or sound is detected.
  • Recording and Viewing: Continuous, triggered, or scheduled recordings. View recordings locally or remotely (Searching recorded video via different search variables does not seem to be available).
  • Web Access: Remote access and control from anywhere in the world via PC or mobile devices.

Many Uses, UFO Watching

There’s an active forum on the site with households, neighborhoods, and businesses finding many uses for iSpy including UFO watching.

Via Free Software Magazine

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