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motion detection and alerts

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This program is a security monitoring program that uses video to detect motion, that records motion video, can express speech alerts, can express alarms and attempts to communicate alerts as configured.

setup (Ubuntu 16.04)

Python 2 is assumed.

Install OpenCV (python-opencv=, libopencv-dev=

sudo apt install  \
    python-dev    \
    libasound-dev \
    libopencv-dev \
    python-opencv \

Install sentinel.

sudo pip install python_sentinel

Manually create an account on a Matrix homeserver. Add the credentials to the scalar configuration file, as described here.


sentinel --help
sentinel --display_windows=false --launch_delay=120 --record_duration=15 --message=true


Migration from OpenCV 2 to OpenCV 3 or 4 is under consideration (which would result in compatibility with Ubuntu 18.04).

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