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Global Watchman – Wireless, remote automated surveillance system


The Global Watchman is a remote area, autonomous surveillance unit that will keep watch on your holiday house and tell tales if anyone comes-a-knocking. It’s pitched as a long-distance, set-and-forget surveillance solution that will email you surveillance pictures via the GSM or CDMA phone networks. The rechargeable battery is good for 4-6 weeks and there’s an optional 42Ah battery as well.

It’s equipped with an infrared camera that can record still photos or video via a 1.3Mpixel camera. Above the camera is a bank of 50 IR LEDs to help throw some invisible light on the perps. The Watchman has 3 passive infrared sensors to detect people and to trigger the camera and there’s also a laser pointer to help you aim the camera exactly so you don’t get millions of pictures of the sky or next door’s bins.

Everything is recorded via a Compact Flash card so you can retrieve your images as well as have them emailed to you and it’s weather-proof so feel free to nail it to a tree. It’s available from Brickhouse Security for US$599.95 plus the pricing for the picture data sent over the cellular network.

The Global Watchman with Nightvision takes motion-activated surveillance pictures and lets you review them remotely. Utilizing global GSM and CDMA cellular networks, the Global Watchman transfers your surveillance photos to the Internet wirelessly.

Tags: gadget, global+watchman, autonomous+surveillance, brickhouse+security

Dan Ferris is the Red Ferret’s Oceanic correspondent and Associate Editor based in Sydney, Australia. Despite not knowing Russell Crowe or Nicole Kidman, Dan has risen above adversity and now scours the world for interesting tidbits to write about. He spends far too much time photographing stuff and tinkering with computers.

Dan – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


  • If you have an internet connection, a wireless IP camera is a better solution for cheaper. You can view them live from a web page (or better yet, have it email you any motion that is captured) and they are available on ebay for $80.

    What happens if this thing is stolen? No CF card.

    • If you can hook up a usb webcam to a computer it does the same thing for $20

  • looks like this is for "remote"locations,where no power/internet is available
    fine idea,but pretty pricy

  • Is it possible something like this can be hacked into? I take it not, the email function is good but their must be cheaper options?

  • The cheapest decent wireless surveillance cameras is around 200$. Still has alright quality and not too high energy-cost.

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