Alarm Motion Zones
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Written by Ryley White
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Each of your cameras can detect motion. Whenever motion is detected in an area you have specified (during a scheduled or active alarm period), the alarm triggers and the alarm contact receives a notification.

Note: Ensure you have added cameras to the alarm before setting up motion zones (see previous section: Select a Camera for more information).

Configure Motion Zones

To set up a motion zone for one of your cameras:

  1. Select the camera you want to set up motion zones for.

  2. Ensure the Highlight button is selected:


  3. Draw in the area where you wish to detect motion for your alarm.

  4. Select Apply to save your changes.

Watch the example below for a demonstration of how to set up motion zones:

Tip: When viewing a camera, select the Erase button and move your cursor over any highlighted areas to remove motion detection for those areas.

Tip: Select the Reset button to remove all motion detection from the camera.

Motion Zone Tips

It is very important to configure motion zones to capture the right kinds of motion (suspicious activity) and avoid triggering false alarms due to irrelevant motion.

  • Highlight pathways where someone could walk, as shown in the image below. This can help capture suspicious movement in these areas when your alarm is armed:


  • Avoid highlighting reflective surfaces such as computer screens and glass containers. Light can move on reflective surfaces and trigger false alarms. See the areas highlighted in red in the image below for an example of the types of areas you should avoid highlighting:


  • Look at the estimated number of motion alarm items (more information on this in the following section). The closer the number is to 0, the more effective your motion zone will be at capturing suspicious activity and avoiding false alarms.

For more quick tips on alarm motion zones, click here.

Estimated Number of Motion Alarms

The estimated number of motion alarm items helps you determine how effective the area you highlighted will be at capturing motion.


Data is pulled from the previous calendar day to inform you of:

  • The number of motion alarms estimated to have occurred in the highlighted area during the alarm schedule.

  • The number of motion alarms estimated to have occurred in the highlighted area outside of the alarm schedule (ignored by schedule).

Note: You may receive the following message if you do not have an alarm schedule in place: "Unable to estimate the number of motion alarm items." Please ensure to set up an alarm schedule for motion zone functionality.

Video Tutorial

Motion Zones on iOS + Android

You can configure, enable or disable motion zones from the Solink mobile app (iOS and Android apps).

Configure Motion Zones on Mobile

To configure a motion zone for one of your cameras using the Solink mobile app:

  1. Tap the Video tab.

  2. Next, select one of your locations (tap on the location name).

  3. Select a specific camera at your location from the list of cameras.

  4. Once you are viewing the camera feed for a location, select the "more options" icon in the top right.

  5. From the dropdown menu, select Motion zones.

  6. Draw in the areas of the grid where you want the camera to detect motion. The alarm will trigger when there is motion detected in the specified area during an alarm period.

  7. If you want to save your motion zone selection, select the Save button to save your changes.

  8. Select the "shield" icon near the bottom of the page to enable motion zone detection for your alarm system.

Enable and Disable Motion Zones

You can enable and disable motion zones for each of your individual cameras using the Solink mobile app. There are two methods to enable or disable a motion zone for your camera:

  1. Select either the Video or Live tab.

  2. Select a location.

  3. A list of all your cameras is displayed. Slide one of the list items to the left using your finger.

  4. Depending on whether the camera has a motion zone enabled or disabled, you can select to enable or disable motion zones for that specific camera.

Note: You will be prompted to configure a motion zone if you select Enable for a camera that does not have a motion zone configured yet.

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