Something that I have been thinking about recently is the ability to have some level of recording on Canary devices when they are “offline”.
With the original Canary, it was always a concern of mine that to thwart the device, all one needs to do is flick the breaker in a home and they are offline. With the setup of my apartment that is very easy. But, come Canary Flex and we now have a battery backup in case power is lost (or for those that may use only battery, it’s not even a consideration!)
However, we still have one issue: WiFi. My understanding of the Canary Devices is that they can only upload and store data when it has access to the cloud. I think the next natural item would be a way for it to record when it is not connected to the cloud, store the data locally, then upload it next time it connects to any network.
I suspect this can’t be done for current devices, but I think it’s a feature that should be considered for future devices. I cannot imagine this would be hard to implement. For added security I would argue that the storage should not be accessible from the user’s end (this way footage couldn’t be deleted by removing a memory card for example), but 16-32GB of internal storage wouldn’t add a huge burden of cost these days, and could handle recording for quite some time when in “Offline Mode”.
I hope to see this down the road!