Technology at Work: Video System Uses Four Cameras to Keep Track of Five Children
Peace and quiet is not something you associate with the parents of 3-year-old quintuplets. But Silvia and Paulo Polovo of Totowa, N.J., have found just that â€“ well, the peace part, anyway. Paulo, whose home was the target of a â€œQueer Eye for the Straight Guyâ€ makeover last season, got much more than he and his wife expected.
The huge boost in the peace of mind department that the Polovos received is due to their ability to keep track of all of their quintuplets as well as monitor their home with a state-of-the-art home security system.
â€œWeâ€™ve had a long relationship with Bosch,â€ explains Samuel, whose business he estimates to be 90 percent commercial. Because of their geographic proximity, Avtech was selected to do the installation, which was completed in less than a day, he calculates.
The homeâ€™s owners and its dining and living rooms, master bedroom and upstairs childrenâ€™s bedroom were made over while the homeowners were away as part of the episode.
â€œAlthough the Eazeo system is traditionally used in shops and small businesses, we were able to quickly install this system in the Polovoâ€™s home,â€ he continued. â€œIt was an ideal choice for the â€˜Queer Eyeâ€™ show, since itâ€™s a self-contained security solution thatâ€™s simple to install.
â€œAnd from the visual perspective, this particular installation was well-suited to the Eazeo system due to the low profile of the dome camera, and the ability to flush mount the cameras to the wall in the childrenâ€™s bedroom. All wiring was concealed by running the cables under the floor, along the ceiling of the basement. We were able to give the Polovos more flexibility, added security and better peace of mind without compromising the homeâ€™s aesthetics.â€
The Eazeo Observation System from Bosch is a complete, plug-and-play system that can accommodate up to eight cameras.
Four cameras with built-in audio capability are installed throughout the house: two minidomes in the upstairs, L-shaped childrenâ€™s bedroom, one in the living room and one outside aimed at the backyard.
A DVR with built-in full duplex eight-camera multiplexer is located in the master bedroom. Two color monitors are used on the first floor.
Cable was run mostly through the basement for the cameras and DVR on the first floor, through walls for the second-floor cameras and along the outside of the house for the outdoor camera.
The Polovos use their new Bosch security system to keep tabs on all of their children, and can even playback recordings to determine who actually started an argument â€“ an invaluable resource when dealing with siblings!
The Polovos plan to add additional components to increase the viewing capacity of their system. Another feature the Polovos plan to incorporate is the IP-enabled technology that would allow Paulo to view the camera recordings over the Internet, in real time. Images can then be accessed while Paulo is at work, or if he and Sylvia are on an outing and wish to check in on how things are going at home with the babysitter.
Paulo noted, â€œItâ€™s so much easier to manage the household with this surveillance system. Now, we can be working in the kitchen, and keep an eye on who is doing what, and where everyone is. Weâ€™re very appreciative of Bosch for supplying this system.â€
â€œI donâ€™t meet that many people who have their own TV shows, but they were extremely friendly and very pleasant to work with,â€ he comments.
Side bar: On the JobBosch Eazeo Observation System
- Four analog cameras
- DVR with built-in full duplex eight-camera multiplexer
- One color monitor with built-in multiplexer for master bedroom
- One color monitor for kitchen
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