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GSM Security Camera – EyeSee

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It was a minor dissapointment that very few IP camera companies appeared at CES 2011, but I did come across a newcomer with a unique product, the EyeSee from Jablocom.

The EyeSee runs on GSM rather than WiFi as many IP cameras do, and it has a very sensitive motion detector that is activated by sound, external alert, or movement. The pictures can be sent via e-mail, SMS call, MMS call, or accessible via a web server.

EyeSee GSM Camera

This opens up IP cameras to remote places where internet access is not available but still has GSM 3G access. For example, a vacation home, a remote traffic cam location and any other place that was impossible to get an internet connect too or the costs were prohibitive.

The camera’s list price is $499 and the U.S. distributor can be reached at (888) 633-7985. More information is available on their website at



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One of the biggest benefits of having IP cameras is being able to access them from the internet. Many of us have smartphones, iPads or netbooks that we take with us and it would be great to check in on the place, a pet or the elderly while at work, in a coffee shop or while traveling. Some cameras have 2 way audio, so you can even talk to the person or pet.

The problem many of us have is how do we do it. We all know that if we go to a certain IP address on our home browser, we can configure and view the camera, but how do we do the very same thing when we are not home.


Work in Progress

I have a few reviews in the works for summer including;

1. The ACTi ACM-1231. This is an outdoor camera with built in IR illuminators and 1.3 MP. So far, the image quality is OK, their built-in software is not the easiest to use, that’s why I need more time to get it all working as expected before posting a review.

2. My collection of cameras and locations has outgrown the ability to manage them one camera at a time, which has left me to set up a PC for this and run video management software. So far, I was not able to get H264 Webcam from Timhillone Software working properly which looked promising. Day one of BlueIris testing is going well. Supports all but one of my cameras and hopefully their support team can help with that.

3. Foscam review. Many people ask about inexpensive cameras they find on eBay from China. Foscam is one of those brands and they typically sell for under $100 shipped from China. Their support has been pretty good and the camera has been in use for several months. I’ll put together a comprehensive review soon.


Why IP Cameras?

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Many of us are looking to protect our business and homes and looking for a cost effective solution to protect our property while we are gone, by¬†alerting us when someone enters an area they shouldn’t, to capture images of events that take place while we are away, to give us a view of what is going on when we can’t be there, to keep an eye on pets, children, the elderly.
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