How It Works
Anionu, pronounced "an-eye-on-you", is a cloud-based video surveillance service.
The graph below explains the basic workflow of the Anionu system for the tech-minded.
Video is captured from any webcam or PC compatible security camera.
For the best results we recommend wireless (for easy setup) night/day (for optimal 24h surveillance) cameras, but any camera will work. We do not limit the number of cameras that you use with our service.
Spot is installed on each computer that you will be using for surveillance.
Very simply, Spot enables you use the audio and video capture devices on any computer for surveillance via your online headquarters. Spot also does things like video recording, streaming and motion detection, and is infinitely extendible through the use of plugins.
Anionu servers provide cloud storage and for your surveillance videos, and are a secure waypoint between your online dashboard and Spot clients.We have many servers across multiple continents to ensure reliable high-speed service for international customers.
Whether you're in the office, or jet setting around the world, you have full remote control over your surveillance system right from your PC, laptop or mobile phone.
Usage Cases and Scenarios
There are so many ways that Anionu can improve your lifestyle, here are just a few...
Keep an eye on your home while your family sleeps safely inside, or while you are away. All you have to do is hook up some cameras and leave Anionu running. Take peace of mind in the knowledge that Anionu will notify you as soon as motion is detected, and record a high quality timestamped video feed which will be uploaded to your secure cloud. The timestamped video can be used as evidence should you decide to press charges.
Deter office thieves or catch them red-handed. Office buildings are perfect for Anionu as they usually have a good fast Internet connection, and there is often loads of computers and webcams lying around which can be used for surveillance.
Automation can be used to run custom routines, run batch scripts and automate processes at scheduled times, or when a specific event occurs. For example, if "motion is detecetd" you could use Automation to trigger a custom alarm, turn on the lights, and play an audio track to deter the burglar.
It's hard to find a good Nanny. If you suspect your nanny, or perhaps you caught her driving a new Farrari, you can use Anionu to record and monitor her movemets discreetly while you are away from home.
Neighbourhood Watch has proven very successful in many countries around the globe. The multi-user online headquarters has everything necessary for colaborative surveillance by the entire neighbourhood. You can share camera feeds, stored videos, notifications, tracking, mapping, secure messaging and also set access permissions.
Keep a constant eye on your baby anytime, anywhere. A tablet PC or a mobile phone is great for this, so you can check in whenever you need, and listen to audio as you go about your day.
Manage your entire surveillance system from a central online interface.
Access everything from your PC, laptop, tablet or mobile phone, anywhere, anytime.
Live Remote Surveillance
Conduct real-time video surveillance from your online headquarters.
- Flexible drag and drop live video interface
- Simplified and advanced interfaces for different uses
- Built from the ground up from the ground up with love,
and the latest HTML5 and CSS3 technologies
- WebRTC support for cutting-edge and future compatibility
- High quality video streaming in VP8 and H.264, any format possible
Online Video Storage
Convenient on-the-fly access to all your video footage stored in the cloud.
- View stored videos in an interactive timeline
- Video motion analysis for fast indexing
- Control over what gets synchronized with your cloud
- Upload surveillance videos in any format
- HTML5 video player with thumbnail indexing
- Coming soon: Use your own cloud storage provider
Real-time GPS Tracking
Keep track of a network of contacts with real-time GPS tracking.
- Track contacts from your mobile phone or PC
- Share map locations with your contacts
- Setup notifications to tell you when someone's on the move
- HTML5 enhancements for smooth map zooming and panning
- Available for multi-user accounts only
Find out how Anionu is revitalizing the surveillance industry...
Use any camera
Anionu works with all types of webcam and
PC compatible security cameras. Absolutely no expensive hardware, CCTV equipment, or DVRs are required, but you can use CCTV cameras with Anionu if you want. In fact most homes and businesses already have everything that's required to start using Anionu right now!
Forward thinking tech
Anionu is part of a new wave of web applications that are riding the cutting-edge of Internet technology. Because of this we can consistently release a higher quality and more affordable product, that will continue to evolve alongside modern mobile and Internet technologies.
Oh so simple :)
Anionu is hands-down the easiest surveillance system that you can use. You can be up and running with a state-of-the-art system in less than 5 minutes. Anionu is designed for human beings, so even if you are technically challenged, don't worry, we'll guide you through every step of the way with easy to follow tutorials.
Real-time security alerts
Be the first to know when something happens, such as when motion is detected, or a camera is unplugged, or a new video is recorded. You can configure exactly who receives which notifications, and how they are sent, such as via SMS, email or Twitter. You could even have notifications sent to a local security service to dispatch a car if a threat is detected.
We're developer friendly
Our software is made for developers. Almost everything is open source, and fully extendible through the use of plugins and APIs. In addition, we provide a C++ SDK which includes our motion detection algorithm and other goodies. By turning control over to you, our customer, we can better fulfill our objective of providing the best surveillance technology available.
Tailor your own plan
Anionu is designed to grow with you, which is why we don't have any fixed plans. You have the freedom to create a usage plan that suits your requirements, and if you decide you want to change anything any time in the future, you can upgrade or downgrade at no cost. Have a play with the plan calculator to get a feel for how little your desired setup will cost.
Discover the point-of-difference for yourself...
Protection for your Home and Business
Anionu, pronounced an-eye-on-you, offers an online video surveillance and security service that you can use with your existing computer and mobile devices to protect your home and business.
Choosing the right security solution
Some things you can't put a price on, the value of your assets is one. Choosing the right security solution is essential for your safety and peace of mind, and we would like to help you make an informed decision.
Anionu represents the future for the surveillance industry in many ways. Our cloud-based surveillance model means that we can provide a world class service that anyone at all can use. You no longer need to shell out $000's for a expensive surveillance equipment, sign contracts, or pay through the teeth for ongoing support and maintenance. All you need is readily available computer equipment, some video cameras, a mobile phone, and Anionu to put it all into action.
The Anionu team has collaboratively designed and built our service as the result of extensive evaluation of every type of surveillance system available on the market today. Anionu is built around the following core concepts:
- Anyone can use it.
- 256-bit strong encryption and digital signatures to protect your data and privacy.
- Remote access to live and stored surveillance footage from any Internet capable PC or mobile device.
- Real-time notifications
- Real-time security alerts and notifications on your mobile phone.
- Compatible with all PC, PC video camera, and mobile devices.
- Open source
- Extend, modify and improve our software to better suit your needs.
- Adaptable to most surveillance environments.
- Online storage
- Store your surveillance footage and data in the cloud.
- Low cost
- Anionu can literally save you thousands.
- Future proof
- Anionu improves as Internet based technologies advance.
Every detail was considered, and no expense was spared in the creation the online headquarters. Let's take a closer look at some of the features that make it outstanding.
Remote Video Surveillance
You can remotely monitor and administer your surveillance system from your online dashboard. Your online dashboard is accessible using any device with a modern web browser.
Cloud-based Asset Management
You can synchronize your surveillance videos and other files, such as log files, audio and images, with your dashboard for online storage. There files, called Assets, can be conveniently viewed, accessed and downloaded from your online dashboard.
Real-time GPS Tracking
Business and Enterprise accounts have an extra GPS tracking feature which allows members to track and share locations with the other members of their account.
Events & Notifications
Events and notifications lie at the heart of the Anionu system. Events are created whenever something of importance happens on the system. Notifications can be setup to tell you whenever a specific events take place via SMS, email or Twitter.
Users, Permissions & Accountability
Business and Enterprise accounts can have multiple users. Each user's access is restricted by permissions imposed by the account administrator. Every action on the online headquarters is accounted for. Whenever something happens on the system an event is created, which can be set up to trigger notifications via SMS, email or Twitter.
How it works
Here is a simple graph for tech-minded people which explains the basic workflow of the Anionu system.
Video is captured from any webcam or PC compatible camera devices connected to your computer.
For the best results we recommend wireless (for easy setup) night/day (for optimal 24h surveillance) cameras.
Spot clients are installed on each computer that you will be using for surveillance ie. the computers with video and audio cameras attached. Spot provides you with remote access the audio and video devices through your online dashboard. It also does things like like motion detection, video recording and streaming, and is infinitely extendible through the use of plugins.
The Anionu servers act as a secure waypoint between your Spot clients and online dashboard. They also provide online storage and for your surveillance videos and data. All data transferring to and from the server is digitally signed and encrypted using industry standard 256-bit SSL encryption.
Whether you're at work or jet setting around the world, you have full remote access and control over your surveillance system right from your PC or mobile phone.
Keep your data safe
For Anionu security means two things - Your surveillance data is reliably stored so it is there when you need it, and it is protected from unauthorized access and modification at all times.
Everything is encrypted
If you haven't noticed already, Anionu.com uses 256-bit strong encryption and digital signatures to secure all communications and between you and the server. This is the industry standard for data protection, and is the same level of encryption trusted by banks and governments worldwide.
All your data is backed up daily, and stored in multiple locations and servers. In addition we employ many heuristic security measures to ensure the integrity of the service.
Where are your servers located?
Anionu uses Amazon's Simple Storage Service (S3) for storage, which has a robust security policy of its own. All files stored online by Anionu are encrypted and kept securely on Amazon's Simple Storage Service (S3) in multiple data centers located across the United States. You can find more information on Amazon's data security from the S3 site.
Stay tuned, soon we will be rolling out a new feature which will give users and developers the freedom to specify their own storage account, not limited to Amazon S3.
Any further questions?
Trust is vital for the ongoing success of cloud-based service providers, which is why we endeavour to be as forthcoming and transparent about our systems and security as is feasible (without giving it all away!).
If you have additional security questions you can submit a support request, and we'll get back to you as quickly as we can.
Safety is a serious business
Our cloud-based video surveillance service is changing the way people see the industry. Expensive DVRs and surveillance equipment are now redundant; all you need is your existing computer, mobile phone, and cameras. Anionu is all about making property and personal security a reality for everyone, so if you're serious about security then we invite you to take our service for test drive...
Global access from any smart device
Wherever you are in the world you can keep and eye on base, and have total remote control over your surveillance system via your mobile phone, laptop, or any PC. This opens up possibilities that could only be dreamt about with conventional CCTV systems, such as; on-the-fly access to live and recorded security footage, real-time security alerts sent to a network of contacts, GPS tracking, and more...
Use any type of camera
Anionu works with any type of webcam or PC security camera. That's right, you don't have to buy our special brand of camera. In fact, most modern homes already have everything that's required to begin using Anionu right away! To get started you can use a simple webcam, or for more complex outdoor setups you can use infra-red night and day cameras.
Setup and play in a few minutes
Anionu is hands down, the easiest do-it-yourself surveillance system that you can use. Once you sign up (which takes under a minute), it only takes a couple of minutes to setup Spot and plug in your cameras. Even if you are technically challenged, don't worry, we'll guide you through every step of the way with easy to follow tutorials.
SMS notifications and real-time security alerts
Be the first to know when something happens, such as when motion is detected, or a camera is unplugged, or a new video is recorded. You can configure exactly who receives which notifications, and how they are sent, such as via SMS, Twitter or email. You could even send notifications to a local security service to dispatch a car if a threat is detected.
Elegant interface and design
Once you've experienced the best, it's difficult to settle for less. Our surveillance dashboard has been crafted from the ground up, making full use of the latest web technologies, to provide the best possible surveillance experience. Simplicity and elegance is key, but not at the cost of advanced features, which are there when you need them.
We won't bleed you dry
With potentially zero capital outlay, and minimal ongoing expenses, Anionu is cutting ties with the old, widely accepted way of doing business. All you pay is a small monthly fee with no contracts and no surprises. We believe in retaining loyal and happy customers by providing genuine service and the highest quality product. Why drive a Volvo when you can drive a Rolls Royce for the same price?
Free to tailor your own plan
With no fixed plans, Anionu is designed to grow with you. You have total freedom to create a usage plan that suits you. If at any time in the future you want to change anything, you can upgrade or downgrade at no cost. Have a play with the plan calculator to get a feel for pricing.
Keep your data safe
You can choose to store recorded videos on your local computer, or off-site in the cloud. Storing your surveillance footage off-site protects you against theft and property destruction, which is a serious consideration when making the switch to a cloud-based surveillance service. Anionu uses SSL encryption, digital signatures and heuristic measures to ensure that your data is protected every step of the way.
Forward thinking technology
Technology is moving so fast these days that most new technology only has an in phase of a year or two before it is rendered obsolete by the latest groovy gizmo. You won't be left standing on the corner with Anionu however, since one of the key factors in the inexorable progress of modern communications technology is Internet capability. Anionu will continue to evolve into the next generation as these technologies advance.
Freedom means choice, choice means power
Our software is designed to be fully extendible through the use of open source plugins and APIs. By turning control over to you, our customer, we can better fulfill our prerogative of providing the best surveillance technology available. Check out our C++ SDK and plugin creation guide to find out how you can go about extending and improving our software to better suit your needs.
WebRTC video streaming support
Anionu supports the latest WebRTC streaming capabilities in our native and browser based software. WebRTC allows you to view high quality real-time video streams right from your web browser. WebRTC is poised to change the Internet, so we are getting in early in order to bring seamless video surveillance to more devices than ever before.