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adjustable alert zone shapes and zone dependant alerts



Id like to suggest the posibility of setting alert zones which match the shape of the area you are trying to cover. For example, a trapezoid shaped alert zone would better match a path or driveway as it tapers off into the distance without having to make-do using rectangles and squares which overlap into other areas.

Also, it may be useful to have alerts based on which alert zones are triggered. So in this case, you may have footage recorded of a postman entering your back garden to drop off a parcel but be alerted if he enters an alert zone covering your back door etc.



z33 Novice

Please make this happen ARLO


Upvote for custom activity zone shapes! I somehow accidentally got the android app to make non-rectangular trapezoid, but it seemed to be a glitch because the triggering didn't seem to adhere to the zone and when I opened the zone editor on a web browser it showed it as a rectangle.

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Status changed to: Engineering Investigation

Good post.  I agree.  


Currently the 3 activity zones Arlo allows can only be selected in square and rectangular shapes and this really limits coverage area when you’re trying to cover areas that are at angles. In every other  product that I have experience with you can either freehand the area you want covered or create custom shapes to cover the exact areas you need covered. One of the reason I upgraded to a paid plan was because it listed activity zones, which I already had being plugged in, and figured the activity zones in the paid plan were modern and more configurable like other products. I’m very happy with how well everything else has been running so far but just can’t figure out why they can’t get the activity zone updated like other products.

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We greatly appreciate the community’s contribution and will keep the status of this idea updated as we get new information on its potential implementation. Thank you for posting your idea!

Who thinks we need more manipulation of the the activity zone boxes than the squares?
Be ideal if we could have more detailed shapes for accurate zones...

I agree wholeheartedly!  Overall the activity zones need a lot of work.  My driveway camera still thinks our cat is a “Person”.  


I'd like to be able to move the corners of the box to draw a custom shape rather than always a box.


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Sometimes the placement of the camera does ot work well with defining the activity region to record. A better option when setting the region would be to work from a image page/screen with a grid and then highlight each square in the grid that you require motion detection to be ignored. The reason for this is a general rectangle is not always desired due to camera angle. An alterative would be to allow for better cropping by draging a corner in or out etc