I call the project things2c or "things to see" - a reference to both the video recording aspect and the Internet of Things (IoT). Basically, I had a solution looking for a problem (a couple Raspberry Pis, some NFC gadgetry, etc.) and was inspired by an article describing how to use a Raspberry Pi as low-cost HD surveillance camera.
What does it it do?
The system sends me alerts on my phone when motion is detected in my apartment unless the NFC tag on my keychain is close to the sensor inside my front door. Once the NFC tag is detected and the motion detection is turned off, a nice calming green LED flashes periodically. Video clips/previews are uploaded to Amazon S3 or ownCloud where they may be synced to a mobile device.
What is it not?
I do not claim this is a serious security appliance. There are various ways to thwart the system and I haven't given any serious thought to hardening it. For me, it was just a fun project.
- Raspberry Pi 2, Model B
- Raspberry Pi Zero
- Digital Logic NFC RFID USB Stick DL533N
- blink(1) indicator light
- Edimax N150 Wi-Fi Nano USB Adapter
- Logitec C270 webcam
- nfcpy - A Python module for near field communication (NFC)
- blink(1) tools
- Mosquitto - An Open Source MQTT Broker
- Supervisor - A Process Control System
- S3cmd - A Command Line S3 Client
- Docker - Optionally containerize the message broker, motion, and motionctl
- Ansible - For deployment
$ python things2c.py --help Usage: things2c [options] nfc_scan things2c [options] motionctl things2c [options] watchdog things2c [options] blinkctl things2c [options] notify <notify_text> things2c [options] publish things2c [options] snoop things2c [options] filemanager things2c version Sub-commands: nfc_scan NFC scan/report motionctl Control motion sensor watchdog Watchdog for motion control blinkctl Control status blink(1) notify Send notifications publish Publish topic/payload to MQ snoop Output all MQTT traffic filemanager Upload/delete video files version Display version and exit Options: -h --help Print usage -c --config=FILE Configuration file [default: /etc/things2c/things2c.ini] -v --verbose Verbose/debug output -t --topic=TOPIC Topic to publish -p --payload=PL Payload for publish -e --encode Encode payload
To build a standalone binary using pyinstaller, refer to Dockerfile_things2c for x86. To build for the Raspberry PI, I used the following after installing the needed Python modules (requirements.txt):
$ pyinstaller --hidden-import nfc.clf.pn533 --onefile ./things2c.py