Today, I’m excited to tell you about an all-new feature that many of you have been asking about for quite some time. We’re launching Custom Activity Zones, which is now available as part of our optional Cloud Recording service. It’s a feature that provides you with more control over what motion alerts you receive and how you review important activities on your timeline.
We designed Custom Activity Zones to be as simple as it is powerful. Once you log in to the Dropcam web app, you can select specific areas within Dropcam’s view. Whenever there’s motion detected in a zone you’ve created, you’ll receive an alert. You can:
- Customize the shape of a zone to fit just about any area
- Create multiple zones – as many as you’d like
- Apply your own labels to zones (e.g. hallway, front porch) to make notifications more meaningful
Creating activity zones is a great way to get the alerts you want and none of the ones you don’t. Once you create a zone, you’ll only receive motion alerts for activity zones by default. Of course, you can still receive alerts about activity that occurs outside the zones you create, just to make sure your bases are covered. Either way, you can filter all motion activity on your timeline more quickly and focus on the activities that matter to you.
As an added bonus, whenever you create a zone, we automatically go back in your Cloud Recording history (for the past week or month, depending on your plan) and display markers for activity that’s occurred in that zone. This comes in handy in cases where, for example, you want to see all the times people have passed through your hallway. Or, it might even help you determine what activity zones make sense for what you’d like to know about.
Want to see how it works? Check out our tutorial video:
Custom Activity Zones is part of our ongoing effort to provide Cloud Recording customers with better, more relevant alerts. And ultimately, it’s all about offering customers an experience that gets better and better over time.
We hope you like what you see! Let us know what you think in the comments.