Motion detection means the camera can be triggered when there is action in the room. Of course, if you are placing the camera In a high-traffic space you will constantly get notifications. Honeywell addresses this in some ways.
Within the app, you can set the sensitivity of the motion detection to one of three levels. The most sensitive level will trigger a notification when there is the slightest movement. The least sensitive setting will only trigger an alert when a person walks in front of the camera. Since we have a small dog, this is, of course, the correct setting for us.
The adjustable alert zones can also be set in the app settings. The fact that you can set up four different alert zones means you can “monitor windows or doors while ignoring background motion like ceiling fans, so you can see more of the things you care about, and less of what you don’t.”
Finally, the geofencing, which can also be set up in the app, lets the app track your location and, based on that, determine what the camera does. For example, by setting home and away zones, you can have the camera automatically turn on when you are a pre-determined distance from your home and then automatically turn off when you come back within the geofenced range. That makes sense since there is no reason to have the camera on when you are home but every reason to keep an eye on things when you are not.
The Lyric C2 also works with sound. This takes two different forms.
There is the intelligent sound detection that can distinguish between different sounds. You can set it to ignore soft noises but, for example, trigger and alert if your infant is crying or the smoke detector alarm goes off. (It can also work in tandem with a variety of smoke and CO2 detractors. The Lyric C2 website has a full list of compatible detectors.
The camera also allows for two-way audio communication. You listen in on whatever is happening in the room and, if you so choose, speak to the people or animals that are within range.
Here’s one example of how we will likely use the Lyric C2 camera. We have begun letting Nava spend more and more time out of her crate when we are gone. She’s a good dog and has never destroyed anything. Still, it is worth keeping an eye on her. With the camera covering the living room and kitchen we can check in on her when we are out. And, in the unlikely event that we looked in on her and saw her doing something we didn’t like, we could speak to her through the camera and tell her to stop. It is just one example of how this camera can come in handy in ways that are less about security and more about the quality of life.