The world IP cameras has changed a lot since I reviewed the Compro IP540 three years ago. Just as our phones, TVs and home appliances have gotten smarter, so have our network-connected security cameras, even in the consumer market. SpotCam has now announced that it is bringing professional grade motion detection capabilities to its SpotCam Wi-Fi camera, offering what they call motion masking.

Several other IP cameras on the market offer some form of motion detection, but they tend to be very broad sweeping. If anything moves within the field of vision of the camera, it’ll get activated. What makes motion masking different is that it can be configured to ignore certain areas of the camera’s view. The press release uses the example of a window. If you have the SpotCam set up in your home office with a window, for instance, you don’t want the camera to be triggered when a flock of birds flies by outside.

Customers don’t have to pay anything to get this added feature on their existing SpotCam cameras. All it takes is a quick firmware upgrade. You still get to enjoy 24 hour cloud recording for free and the “superior night vision camera performance” means it’ll work in all hours of the day too. The SpotCam Wi-Fi home monitoring system retails for $149.99 with optional recording plans beyond the free 24-hour plan starting at $3.95/month.

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Wi-Fi Video Home Monitoring Camera – SpotCam – Announces New Professional Grade Motion Detection Capability

New Motion Masking Feature Reduces False Alarms
December 30, 2014, Taipei Taiwan – SpotCam, the cloud home monitoring service startup, announces a new Motion Masking feature for its SpotCam Wi-Fi home monitoring camera. Found in professional security camera systems, SpotCam’s new motion masking feature, attained by updating to the latest firmware, allows users to configure the camera to only monitor motions for a specified area.

Reduce False Alarms
Users can now tell the SpotCam, which offers 24 hours of cloud based security video storage for free, to ignore different areas of the camera’s view, such as a window, ensuring they only receive notifications that matter via email or the mobile app. Motion detection alerts are only triggered if there are motions in the unmasked part of the camera view.

“The Motion Masking feature is useful when you are monitoring your home or office and you do not want to receive a notification every time a bird flies by the window,” says Jacky Lin, CEO of SpotCam. “By adding this advanced feature, we are further proving our commitment to provide professional-level security camera features for an entry-level price.”

Simple to Setup, Simple to Use
With an incredibly easy setup, SpotCam makes it easy to check up on loved ones from anywhere. A cloud based approach combined with iOS and Android apps means it’s easy to see what’s going on at home from a computer or smartphone.

Strong Surveillance / Night Vision Camera
While it can function in a variety of ways, SpotCam excels at home surveillance and monitoring with superior night vision camera performance, motion detection with instant notification, and free 24 hour video playback right out of the box. With these functions SpotCam is a perfect video baby monitor or wireless home security camera.

24 hours time-lapse video of Taipei by SpotCam:

Price and Availability
SpotCam is currently available on Newegg and Amazon for the suggested retail price of $149.99.

Recording plans
24 hour recording – Free
3-day recording – $3.95/month or $39/year
7-day recording – $5.95/month or $59/year
30 day recording – $19.95/month or $199/year

More information about SpotCam can be found here:

About SpotCam
Selected by Taiwan’s Angel Investment program as one of the hottest new startups, SpotCam, founded in 2013, is composed of a team of entrepreneurial individuals with years of experience in the CCTV industry. Drawing on expertise from developing Wi-Fi DVR and NVR surveillance solutions, the team has created SpotCam, a cloud based system that combines the safety and security of the CCTV industry with the accessibility of the mobile market. Find out more about SpotCam here:

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