Outdoor home security cameras are a great deterrent to crime, and they are also useful in providing forensic evidence to help the police stop offenders who are not deterred. But no matter how many wide-angle lenses you display in your home, you will not be able to capture everything that happens. The service provider Vivint Smart Home believes it has a digital home security solution: a free application called Streety that allows neighbours to share, with permission, live video transmissions and video clips recorded from their respective home security cameras.
Vivint plans to offer Streety this spring to everyone in the US UU And Canada. You do not need to be a Vivint subscriber or even buy Vivint’s cameras, or own any camera, for that matter. The goal, according to Clint Gordon-Carroll, vice president and general manager of cameras at Vivint Smart Home, is to build stronger communities.
Neighbours who choose to participate may form a private network of security cameras within a 300-yard radius. The limit is intended to ensure that requests only come from close neighbours. The verification service of Streety is done by a third party who is assigned to match the identities and addresses of each Streety user.
Criminals are becoming aware of the presence of security cameras, hiding their faces when they approach their porch to steal a package, for example. But that practice will be much less effective with multiple cameras monitoring the scene from different angles.
By using Streety, neighbours can post messages and videos to help each other investigate thefts, vandalism, stolen packages and other incidents. Once the owner of the camera approves a request, Streety will generate a recorded clip that can be used to gather additional information.
Mobile users will also be able to broadcast live video, at least from Vivint cameras, to monitor their children playing in a friend’s yard or to monitor a neighbour’s house while on vacation.
Vivint developed Streety as an open platform and invites other camera manufacturers to integrate the application into their own products. The company plans to launch the application sometime this spring.