Remote Monitoring Project

Skill LevelArea of FocusOperating System
BeginnerComputer Vision,
Security, Smart Home

This project is designed to implement remote monitoring on the DragonBoard™ 410c from Arrow Electronics. A picture can be taken upon request using the USB camera connected to the DragonBoard 410c, and the pictures can be transmitted to the server. An Android phone is used to make the request and view the pictures that have been sent to the server. The DragonBoard 410c can also be set up to proactively take photos, carry out facial recognition, and upload photos from which faces are detected. It may also take and upload photos based on any hardware-triggered commands.

Sometimes when I am not home I wanted to have a look of my home conditions. It was neither necessary nor convenient to buy a ready-made camera for monitoring. I decided to try DIY. If further improvement is needed, a motor could be added to control the camera shooting position angle.

Development environment

Materials Required / Parts List / Tools

Source Code / Source Example / Application Executable

Additional Resources

Build / Assembly

  1. Install Linux-based software and connect the camera
  2. Install OpenCV for facial detection
  3. Upload to the server-side
  4. Point the server-side data to the Android client
  5. Setup the DragonBoard 410c GPIO’s to detect the hardware signal and test hardware-triggered photo captures
  6. Trigger request from Android client and try controlling the DragonBoard 410c via cloud server

Usage Instructions

DragonBoard 410c -based remote monitoring includes:

  • Mobile phone remote control, requesting the DragonBoard 410c to take real-time pictures
  • Taking pictures when triggering of infrared sensor is detected (IO port simulation) and simulating the scenario when the home door is opened
  • Periodic picture taking and uploading pictures to the cloud server when any face is detected

Android Terminal & DragonBoard 410c Connections

Android terminal - user control and information acquisition interface
DragonBoard 410c connections