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Today a reader asked which camera I would recommend if she would like to take a look into the kitchen of her mother-in-law, who is suffering from dementia. The aim of the "monitoring" is to ensure that the reader can see whether the person with dementia eats meals regularly. If she doesn't, she can call her mother-in-law on the landline and remind her to cook something. The technical difficulty in the matter: The mother-in-law, who lives about 50 kilometers away, has no internet in the apartment.
For me personally, this immediately raises the question of whether this type of surveillance is even allowed to be carried out. I am not a lawyer and for this reason I cannot make a legally binding statement, but I was able to find the following paragraph in an extensive article at Stiftung Warentest:
The ability to see what has been filmed also plays a role when caregivers want to monitor a relative suffering from dementia by camera without their consent. It may be permissible to fulfill the duty of supervision. In order not to unduly encroach on the rights of those filmed, relatives should not save images or save them at least for a short time. In addition, a certain degree of privacy must be possible, says Steinle. "Relatives should definitely avoid cameras in the bathroom or toilet." (Source)
In principle, you can attach a surveillance camera to the person if you have agreed this with them. The reader only wants to check every day at around 16 p.m. whether the mother-in-law has prepared food at 14 p.m. and otherwise does not bother her any further. For this reason, I think that this measure is OK in consultation with the "monitored person".
Since there is no WLAN in the apartment in question and the reader asked for a technically "simple" solution, my recommendation in this case is the Arlo Go camera, which can be used with a SIM card. It is on Amazon as Arlo Go in a bundle with a Vodafone LTE data service to find that costs only 5 euros a month (40 GB traffic included):
If you don't want to take the bundle with the Vodafone contract, but prefer a data SIM of your choice (see also my Data flat comparison) is used, it will find the Arlo Go here also as a single camera without a contract.
The advantages that the Arlo Go offers in the case in question are as follows:
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Since, in the case of my reader, the camera should be permanently installed in the kitchen, it makes sense to permanently supply the camera with power. The internal battery lasts a good two to three weeks, but to avoid the risk of an empty battery, you can contact Amazon Power cord for the Arlo Go Kaufen.
Incidentally, the Arlo Go is not only used for monitoring the interior of busy apartments. It can just as well be used for monitoring garden houses, holiday homes and even for mobile chicken shelters or horse stables, as it is even weatherproof.
If you have any questions or possible application scenarios, please let me know. I look forward to new ideas!
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.
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