I’ve looked at previous threads referring to what seems to be an issue for others around activity zones, but it seems that the suggestions don’t solve my issue.
The Problem: Excessive alerts and notifcations despite activity zones.
I’ve attached a photo of the Activity Zone along with a clip of a truck that’s clearly outside of the zone. In other posts, I’ve read that I need to use a different mode outside of the “Armed” mode which I’ve done. I’ve also turned off Vehicles and All Other Motion Smart Notifications which have resulted in the same issue.
Looking for any other suggestions
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I moved the zone farther away from the swaying Palm trees triggering one of the cameras & that seems to have helped.
The traffic triggering the other camera is a lost cause. I will be buying an outdoor power cable for that one ASAP.
It appears there is another post that has already been created, sorry for the extra thread. Appears that the activity zones and and motion settings for the Ultra aren't working properly, maybe a software fix is in the works.
OK, From what I am gathering by reading these similar posts is as follows:
I can set up activity zones on my cameras and not have AC connected and subscribed to Smart. The server will decide whether or not the motion, be it animal, person, vehicle or just plain motion (whatever I have selected in smart setup) should be reported.
If that is the case, I can say it is not working. Look at the following pictures.
Arlo 1 is the activity zone setup
Arlo 2 is a car clearly outside of the activity zone
Arlo 3 is a bus clearly outside of the activity zone
This gets reported regardless of whether or not I have vehicle selected in the smart setup.
I take it that they're working on the problem, I can't select Settings>Device Settings or Account or even System from the website right now. I can still access it all from the ios app. Lots of bugs right now.
I was surprised that this issue is know by Arlo since January and is not yet resolved
Icouple of weeks ago I purchased the system, it got firmware updates for both, cameras and base... wa spromising at the begining, but now I am anoyed with too many false alerts from my Ulttas because they are rampantly ignoring absolutely the activity zones as well.
I am very disapointed that one of the feaures Arlo mentioned as "improved motion detection and activity zones" seem to be quite the opposuite to improved (I had an earlier Arlo system that work better on this area). Arlo argued (https://kb.arlo.com/000062132/What-is-new-in-the-Arlo-Ultra-camera)
- "Custom Activity Zones
You can now create more-precise activity zones with Arlo Ultra. Activity zones can be customized with eight anchor points, and you can switch between up to five activity zones without having them all active at once."
So activity zones are not working, lets not even dream their promise of Switch between them would ever be released.
So far, I have been in contact with support and absolutely no progress has been achieved, they are barely acnowledging that other "3 users" has repoeted the issue, and that engineering is now aware of it.
I have smart alerts disabled, I have rebooted the sytem, swaped cameras around, reduced the Activity Zones... nothing resolve the issue. I still get alerts for things happening 15+ feet farther than the activity zone defined.
This cameras should be proposed for the Department of corrections, since they are triggered by anything - even by what you ask to be ifnored - they can be helpful to avoid jail brakes
No improvement to the first camera. It is triggering on cars outside the activity zone as before. The traffic on the street will drop a fully charged ultra battery to 19% in 6 days.
Note that zones will not reduce battery consumption anyway. All detected motion anywhere in the frame is uploaded to the cloud for analysis to see if the motion was in the zone. So, the battery impact is the same with or without zones. You need to reposition the camera so it cannot see the street or plug it into AC power.