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Configure a Video Analytics rule

Overview

Video Analytics continuously scans your property and notifies you when a person, vehicle, or animal is identified. Advanced detection rules enhance perimeter security by alerting you when someone's coming or going, or even loitering on your property.

With Video Analytics, you'll get enhanced notifications with thumbnail images showing people, vehicles, and animals. You can also use advanced detection rules to draw virtual tripwires across your driveway and virtual fenced-in zones on your property. Receive email and text notifications whenever:

  • A vehicle pulls into the driveway/parking lot or a person walks up to an entrance
  • Anyone loiters in a specific zone of a property
  • A person or vehicle is identified outside a business after-hours
  • A pet jumps up on the sofa or enters an off-limits flowerbed
  • A child leaves the yard or someone drives off at night

Video Analytics can spot what’s important, even if there’s a lot going on.

Requirements

The following video devices are compatible with Video Analytics:

  • 1080p Indoor Wi-Fi Camera (ADC-V515)
  • 1080p Indoor Wi-Fi Camera (ADC-V523/523X)
  • Indoor Fixed w/IR (ADC-V522IR)
  • Outdoor Wireless (ADC-V722W)
  • 1080p Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera (ADC-V723/723X)
  • 1080p Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera with Two-Way Audio (ADC-V724/724X)
  • 180° HD Camera (ADC-V622)
  • Indoor/Outdoor Mini Bullet (ADC-VC726)
  • Indoor/Outdoor Dome (ADC-VC826)
  • Indoor/Outdoor Bullet Camera (ADC-VC736)
  • Indoor/Outdoor Turret Camera (ADC-VC836)
  • Pro Series 1080p Dome PoE Camera (ADC-VC827P)
  • Pro Series 1080p Dome PoE Camera with Varifocal Lens (ADC-VC847PF)
  • Pro Series 4MP Bullet PoE Camera with Varifocal Lens (ADC-VC728PF)
  • Pro Series 4MP Varifocal Turret Camera (ADC-VC838PF)
     
    Note: The Alarm.com Video Doorbell (ADC-VDB770) uses another version of Video Analytics. For more information, see Configure a Video Analytics rule for a doorbell camera.

For information about these cameras and the requirements to use Video Analytics, contact your service provider.

Video tutorials for creating a Video Analytics rule

Use a Tripwire rule to capture movement through a specified area. Use a Ground Zone rule to capture an object lingering in a specified area.

Camera setup

Camera placement
  1. Position the camera so that targets can be fully seen inside the camera’s field of view and not farther than 25 feet away (15 feet at night).
  2. The camera should be positioned 8-16 feet above the ground, angled downward between 30°-60° with a level horizon line.
     
    Note: This recommended angle should provide for an ideal field of view while avoiding clouds and trees. Video Analytics is designed to work with an angled-down perspective; not horizontal, and not top-down.
     
    Important: The camera should be mounted in such a way that a vehicle’s headlights do not shine directly into the camera, affecting exposure and IR settings.
     
  3. Verify that the camera is clearly facing the ground or floor of the area being monitored.
     
    Note: Video Analytics operates by tracking a target’s feet or a vehicle’s wheels.
     
  4. Be aware of any bright lights (i.e., motion-triggered flood lights) near the camera that may attract insects or affect exposure and IR settings.
  5. If the camera is repositioned, recreate all of the rules.
Camera location

Video Analytics detects objects and classifies them as people, animals, and vehicles. Position the camera with a view that would be interesting to a home security customer.

Successful camera positions include:

  • Overlooking a driveway
  • Overlooking a front porch monitoring or wherever packages are dropped off
  • An area of interest around a yard, where kids or animals are sometimes seen
  • Indoor entryways, exit ways, or hallways of interest

Avoid:

  • Areas with constant or uninteresting motion (e.g., roads with regular vehicle movement, trees constantly swaying in the wind, etc.)
  • Pointing cameras out a window, as screen interference and reflections cause Video Analytics performance issues

Create a Rule with Video Analytics

Up to Video Analytics three rules per camera can be configured using the Alarm.com customer website or Alarm.com app.

Add the rule
Rule selection
  1. Click to select the desired camera.  If the camera needs to be calibrated, you are directed to the Calibrate page. For more information about camera calibration, see Calibrate a device for Video Analytics.

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  2. Click to select the rule type.
    • Use a Tripwire rule when you expect a target to cross through the camera’s field of view or when objects enter or exit an area (e.g., a car pulling into or backing out of a driveway).

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    • Use a Ground Zone rule when you expect a target to loiter in the camera’s field of view (e.g., a person delivering a package on your front porch).

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  3. All Video Motion Detection (VMD) schedules associated with a camera must be deleted before setting up a Video Analytics rule. When prompted with this warning, click OK to continue.

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  4. Click Next.
Select the camera scene
  1. In Scenery, click to select Indoors or Outdoors based on where the camera is installed. The camera should be marked outdoors if it will be exposed to rain, snow, spider webs, or moving trees and set to indoors if in a controlled outdoor environment (e.g., a screened-in porch).
     
    Note: This selection must be the same across all recording rules associated with a specific camera.

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  2. Use the Minimum Object Detection Size slider to adjust how small an object can be and still trigger a recording. It is recommended to keep this at its suggested value upon initial rule creation. Very Large captures the fewest recordings only of the largest objects, and Very Small captures the most recordings including large and small objects.

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    Note: The Minimum Object Detection Size does not appear for cameras that are calibrated. For more information about the calibration process, see Calibrate a device for Video Analytics.
Configure Rule - Ground Zone
  1. In the Rule Name field, enter a name for the recording rule.
  2. Click and drag the corners of the shape to cover only the ground where the target’s feet will be. To clear the current area of interest and restart, click Clear ground zone to create a new area of interest with up to 28 points.
    • Click and hold inside the shape to move the shape itself.

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  3. Using the Duration Inside Area of Interest dropdown menu, select the desired time an object needs to stay inside the Ground Zone to trigger a recording.

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Configure Rule - Tripwire
  1. In the Rule Name field, enter a name for the recording rule.
  2. Click and drag the Tripwire to cover only the ground where the target's feet cross. The arrow determines which direction the object must be moving to trigger a recording. To clear the current Tripwire and restart, click Clear Tripwire.

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  3. Customize the direction of movement to be recorded:

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    • In Direction, click Switch directions to switch the direction of the movement to capture.
    • Click to select Both Directions to record when an object crosses the Tripwire regardless of which direction it is moving.
Rule scheduling and notifications
  1. Using the Set Minimum Delay Between Clips dropdown menu, select the desired timeframe. This setting determines how long the camera must wait after beginning a clip to trigger another recording.

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  2. In The Rule will run..., click to select At all times or Only during the following times.
    • If Only during the following times is selected:
      1. Click to select the days of the week to record on.
      2. Using the Begin dropdown menu, select the time for the recording rule to start.
      3. Using the End dropdown menu, select the time for the recording rule to stop.

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  3. In Except when..., click to select any available exceptions that turn the rule off regardless of the schedule. Options depending on the equipment include: the panel is armed away, the panel is armed stay, and Geo-Device is inside a specified Geo-Fence.

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    Note: If the location has a security system with multiple partitions, the at-home settings only apply to the first/main partition.
  4. In Send notification for clips containing..., click to select the types of clips that the user wants to be notified about. The camera records and uploads all motion it detects but only sends a notification to the user based on the selected notification options.

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    Note: Clips included in the Other category are when the camera detects an object but is unable to determine which type of object it is. For more information about how a clip is classified as Other, see How does a Video Analytics clip get classified as Other?.
     
  5. Click to select the desired notification recipients. It is recommended to use push notifications to a phone using the dropdown option to attach a thumbnail. The timing of the notification is based on the notification type. For more information, see How do Video Analytics notifications work?.

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Add a light automation rule

Camera-driven light automation rules require at least one Z-Wave light device enrolled on the account.

Note: Lights cannot be enabled during a time when the Video Analytics rule is not set to record (e.g., if a tripwire rule is drawn on a driveway and set to record only at night, lights cannot be set to turn on during the daytime because no clip would have been recorded).

  1. Using the Turn on selected lights for dropdown menu, select how long the lights should turn on for.
  2. Select which lights to be automated by the rule.
  3. Select which events should turn on the lights when triggered.
  4. Select a time frame for the rule to occur.

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Perimeter Guard™

Perimeter Guard is available for the ADC-V723/723X, ADC-V523/523X, and ADC-V724/724X. Perimeter Guard™ sounds an alert and flashes the camera's status LED when unwanted visitors are detected.

For more information about Perimeter Guard™, see Perimeter Guard™ for video devices.

Enable the alerts
  • To enable the LED response:
    1. In Activate Perimeter Guard, click the Camera Status LED toggle to enable the LED response.
    2. Using the Duration dropdown menu, select how long the LED response lasts.
    3. Using the Set Minimum Delay Between Alerts dropdown menu, select the desired amount of time the camera should not start a new alert after a pervious alert has completed.
  • To enable the Camera Audio Alert (only available on cameras using the Two-Way Audio feature):
    1. In Activate Perimeter Guard, click the Camera Audio Alert toggle to enable the Audio Alert.
    2. Using the Audio Sound dropdown menu, select type of sound the camera makes.
    3. Adjust the volume using the Volume slider.
Set the alert delay
  • Using the Set Minimum Delay Between Alerts dropdown menu, select the desired amount of time the camera should not start a new alert after a pervious alert has completed.
Ensuring rule accuracy
  1. Avoid intersecting tripwires or overlapping ground zones with objects that are prone to movement, such as trees, bushes, or other objects that move in the wind.
  2. Only draw the rule where the feet or wheels of an object will cross.
    • Do not increase the size of the loiter zone or tripwire to cover the whole of the target.
    • Do not include furniture, walls, trees, or other structures in the rule.
  3. After observing what the rule detects over a few days, consider adjusting the Minimum Object Detection Size slider.
    • Increasing the size will help to reduce false detection.
    • Decreasing the size helps detect smaller targets.

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