Home Assistant Security Cameras with ZoneMinder and Amcrest

Sometimes on Reddit I’ll see someone ask how people have their home security cameras setup with Home Assistant. There are a lot of different options. I went with Amcrest cameras because those by themselves integrate with HA, I also setup a ZoneMinder server as well. I’m not going to go into my ZoneMinder or Amcrest camera config too much, besides just disabling the recording on the cameras, and turning on motion detection. I use ZoneMinder to handle the video recording, which i leave disabled unless we leave the house then Home Assistant turns on motion recording in ZoneMinder.

The little piece of code right here whitelists the directory the camera.snapshot service uses to store the pictures the camera takes when someone sets off motion detection, then i have an automation that sends that picture to Telegram.

homeassistant:
  whitelist_external_dirs:
    - /config/www/camera

Here is the ZoneMinder and Amcrest code in my configuration.yaml

zoneminder:
  - host: 192.168.*.*
    username: admin
    password: *********
    
camera:
  - platform: zoneminder

switch:
  - platform: zoneminder
    command_on: Modect
    command_off: Monitor
 
amcrest:
  - host: 192.168.*.*
    username: admin
    password: '*********'
    name: Front Door
    stream_source: mjpeg
    scan_interval: 8
    binary_sensors:
      - motion_detected
      - online
  - host: 192.168.*.*
    username: admin
    password: '*********'
    name: Back Yard
    stream_source: mjpeg
    scan_interval: 9
    binary_sensors:
      - motion_detected
      - online

Here is the automation that triggers when the motion sensor on the Amcrest is set off. The piece that sends a photo to Telegram is in the script that runs. The automation also changes the color of a LED strip I have in my lab cabinet.

- id: '1578504651170'
  alias: Take Photo Motion Deteched
  description: ''
  trigger:
  - entity_id: binary_sensor.front_door_motion_detected
    platform: state
    to: 'on'
  condition: []
  action:
  - service: script.1578504422540
  - data:
      color_name: orange
    entity_id: light.ledvance_flex_rgbw_0a240700_level_light_color_on_off
    service: light.turn_on
  - delay: 0:01:00
  - data:
      color_name: blueviolet
    entity_id: light.ledvance_flex_rgbw_0a240700_level_light_color_on_off
    service: light.turn_on

Here is the script that takes a photo, then sends that photo to Telegram.

Home Assistant Security Cameras with ZoneMinder