We just moved, and in my last apartment, we lived on the second floor and I had my Foscam security camera [~$60] (which is controlled by the Basic version of Sighthound Video [$60]) trained on the only stairwell, which only captured people arriving or leaving. However in our new house, none of the doors are in locations where the camera only captures egress & ingress events. There’s a bathroom right next to one door and the other is between the living room and the stairs. Thus, anywhere I set up a security camera is bound to capture the regular activity inside the house. So I first experimented with setting the rules to make the cameras active during certain hours on the weekdays, which turned out pretty annoying, because my wife’s schedule is random. What I needed was a way to turn the camera rules off & on based on when we arrive & leave the house, the same way I use WeMo to control the window unit air conditioners and the air filter.
I discovered that Sighthound has an IFTTT channel and an iOS app, but their IFTTT channel only has triggers upon motion detection and no “actions” that could be run using Life360 (the app I use to control the AC & filter – e.g. turn on when the first person arrives and off when the last leaves or vice versa). So I emailed Sighthound to see if they had any tips for enabling and disabling camera rules. They pointed me to one of their forums called Hacker’s Corner, where I got pointed in the right direction.
Here’s how to enable your security camera (rule) when the last person in your family leaves the house and disable the camera when the first person in your family arrives.