Last Updated on September 6, 2020
In this series, we look at a range of home activities where Linux can make the most of our time at home, keeping active and engaged. The change of lifestyle enforced by Covid-19 is an opportunity to expand our horizons, and spend more time on activities we have neglected in the past.
Police have said crime has fallen by 28% since the UK was locked down to battle the coronavirus with a a 37% drop in burglary. People are now encouraged to return to their workplace if it’s impossible for them to work from home. In light of this, the fall in burglary is unlikely to be maintained. So what can we do?
A Linux-based surveillance system can dramatically increase the security of your property and keep your family protected. The surveillance can be set up at various blind spots around your home that you can’t see from your windows so that if you hear an unusual noise or would like some extra peace of mind, you can check the perimeter of your property without having to leave your home. Home surveillance is not just a preventative system, it can also help bring criminals to justice.
Here’s our recommended open source solutions to create your own Linux-based surveillance system.
ZoneMinder is an all-in-one Linux security camera solution. This application is designed around a series of independent components that only function when necessary limiting any wasted resource and maximizing the efficiency of your machine.
ZoneMinder is intended for use in single or multi-camera video security applications, including commercial or home CCTV, theft prevention and child or family member or home monitoring and other care scenarios.
It gets my strongest recommendation for a CCTV solution.
Motion is a highly configurable V4L capture program supporting motion detection. Set it up to monitor security cameras, watch birds, check in on your pet, create time-lapse videos and more.
Motion works with network cameras, Pi cameras, V4L2 webcams, video capture cards, and movie files.
We particularly like its customizable masks for privacy.
Kerberos.io is a bleeding edge video surveillance solution, which works with any camera and on every Linux based machine.
You can deploy a fully configured video surveillance system within a few minutes on the environment you prefer: Raspberry Pi, Docker, Kubernetes cluster.
It’s recommended you use a single camera, but it’s possible to connect multiple cameras. Kerberos.io embraces the concept of isolation. Every camera should have its own isolated environment, so a processing unit (server, Raspberry Pi, Docker container, etc) per camera.
All articles in this series:
|Linux at Home
|Explore the universe from your garden
|Weave malt and hops and yeast together in unique combinations
|Learn to design electronic circuits
|Edit documents collaboratively in real-time
|Home cooking is an activity that’s great for individuals and families
|Pen a classic novel or screenplay
|A form of sewing and a popular form of counted-thread embroidery
|Paint and draw directly onto a computer
|Digital Music Production
|Digital Audio Workstations
|Take a break and play classic DOOM
|Craft of decorating fabric or other materials using a needle
|Keeping fit can be a challenge with lockdown
|Plan your perfect garden with these great tools
|Research your family tree
|CCTV solutions to protect your home
|Learn to play an instrument
|Reduce and prevent repetitive strain injury