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On The Beam

On The Beam
by Gary Woods

As you are no doubt aware most everyplace you go these days has surveillance cameras tracking your every move and if something happens all of a sudden you’re surrounded by people with cell phones drawn capturing everything that you do.

If you’re feeling left out of the game because your own home doesn’t have cameras then you should check out AirBeam Pro from Appologics, which sells for about $4 in the App Store. The software provides a simple, inexpensive and powerful way to transform your Macs, iPads and iPhones into a sophisticated surveillance system.

After you’ve installed the App, AirBeam starts looking for AirBeam enabled cameras on your WiFi network. I found iOS enabled cameras retailing for anywhere between $99.95 to about $190 or the software can use your Mac’s built-in camera to broadcast that video to AirBeam on your portable devices or to anyone on your local network via a Web connection.

The software provides high quality real time video streaming up to HD 720P and can broadcast from multiple cameras simultaneously.  Then if you see something you want to remember or save for later you just press the record button and video and audio will be recorded.

A neat feature of AirBeam is its motion-tracking feature that will after a short delay start recording anything in the camera’s view that moves. When you’re out you can monitor your home from another network when you enable port mapping on routers that support Universal Plug and Play or Apple’s network.

If you want to know what’s going on in your house when you’re away then AirBeam Pro could be just the ticket.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors and he is a Broker/Associate at Sotheby’s International Realty.