The GSM Remote Security Camera is just what the name says it is. It is a camera that helps you monitor security remotely via a GSM phone.
In essence, what this gizmo does is to take a series of still pictures (quite possibly, not video) and when any motion is detected, it sends you MMS messages of these images. Once you install it at the desired location, all you need is to insert a mobile phone SIM into the camera, and you’re in business.
The GSM Remote Security Camera can also send you on-demand images via MMS or e-mail. You can even listen to audio in real-time.
All you need to do is to send an SMS message to the camera. This gadget offers quad-band support, which means that you can receive images anywhere in the world, provided you are on a GSM network.
Although it has a built-in Lithium battery that has a stand-by for more than 24 hours, it’s probably a better idea to plug it into the AC adapter (which comes with the gadget). To conserve power, the camera does not automatically stay in night-vision mode.
This, in turn, means that you will need to remember to activate night-vision via SMS.
Don’t expect high resolution images, though, as the camera only offers 640×480 (VGA) resolution.
Its effective range is limited to 25’. Given its expected usage patterns, the camera has a viewing angle of 70 degrees. You get all this for US$130 from ChinaVasion. Keep in mind that there’s the additional cost of SMS and MMS, besides the cost of electricity to run it. Happy holidaying!