Greater Control Over Detection Zone Shape

I think the addition is great for more control over the detection area as the fish eye of the camera can make it difficult to select the area you want without catching areas you don’t wish to monitor. The ability to create your own motion shape would be awesome!

Needs an option between a 20x20 grid, free hand and mask. I have a shadow of a tree that constantly sways. No way to ignore it with the current limited detection zone option. Looks like this subject has been talked about since last year and still no enhanced detection zone. Please let’s get this done.

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I would like to see multiple detection zones. They definitely need to have the ability to resize in any shape.

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I don’t understand how this is in the “maybe later” list. As it is now, every car going by alerts of motion. I can’t shorten the box any more as it picks up motion of cars at certain points. The detection box either needs different points to shape the box any way needed or multiple detection zones need to be created in order to custom the detection zone. Hope we see this soon!

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I wonder if it would be possible to integrate an “ignore motion zone”. I have a Pan that overlooks the living room. Motion on the Television triggers the 12 second recording. If the cam could ignore this area of the room, it would be sweet.

Just a thought.

Came here to see if this was already mentioned, glad to see I’m not the only one. I have one window here at work, where I have the camera pointed at the parking lot to keep an eye on my motorcycle, and there is a tree just below the window. It’s just close enough that I can’t help but catch the very top of it in the bottom center of the detection rectangle. Being able to create 1 + n zones, or a polygon shape, would allow me to skirt around the tree and still maintain a good detection zone.

I think being able to draw one or more detection zones would be great. For example, on my front camera I have one area that has shadows from a flag and the other a tree, so being able to draw two zones that would not include these areas would still alert me to other events.

PLEASE! Freehand drawing of the ROI is a must. It’s literally the easiest thing you can implement. It’s crazy it doesn’t exist. Thank you. Then you can get fancy by allowing multiple zones and exclusions but already by allowing freehand many problems can easily be solved.

Agreed! I’ve used cheap Chinese WiFi security systems that basically had a big grid pattern. Maybe 60-100 little boxes, you could select any number of areas at any size to pick where you wanted the motion detect to pick up. I used them to highlight my windows out side (to alert for burglars) but kept the motion detection away from the lawn (don’t need to know when my dog or bunnies are in the grass)

Definitely a feature that would be well used and received!

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Please tell us there is hope for this feature arriving soon. :smiley:

The advantage to Wyze is saving space by not having to store as many needless event recordings. The advantage to the user is clearly described in the many user comments.

My precise comment/request is for non-contiguous detection zones.

It is amazing how useful this feature can be when trying to eliminate unimportant motion. And it is equally amazing how much you expect and rely on this feature after you have encountered it even once.

Any of several existing detection masking systems should work fine:

  1. A simple grid overlay where individual squares could be turned on or off. Obviously the finer the grid, the better, but everyone understands memory/processing limitations

  2. Freehand drawing of a polygon with more than four control points

  3. Just allowing multiple resizable rectangles using the current drawing system

THANKS for such a great product! :smiley:

If the topic tag changes from “maybe-later” to “researching”, then that would indicate this request is on Wyze’s development radar. :slight_smile:


Funny that this is still a “maybe” feature. This feature is so obvious, I didn’t even think to ask for it. I just assumed it was already in development. Unfortunately, like a lot of software companies, it looks they are more concerned with the next feature rollout and less with fixing what either wrong or lacking. (Smart bulbs are cool I guess, but I just want more control of detection zones so I don’t get 20 false positives a day.)
Maybe I’ve been looking at this all wrong. I just need to cut down every tree in my front yard! Problem solved.

Are you aware of the new “Person Detection” feature launched today (7/9/2019)? It may be what you need to cut down on unnecessary event notifications.

Ideally, should be able to select smaller squares or further control motion detection zone.

My camera is on a slight angle up high, and therefore when I expand the square it captures sidewalk/road - when I make the square too small, it no longer captures the driveway but only a small portion of steps and lawn.

Possible to make it a grid, and allow you to select which small squares you want to detect motion on?
That way I can have a triangle setup for motion detection or even specific areas with gaps?

Arlo Pro includes three “activity zones”. That way, you can use all three zone boxes to cover the whole video except problems areas, like a bush or tree. Multiple box zones might be an alternative to other complicated or “free-hand” zones.

The best one I have seen is a grid that is overlayed on the image and you turn on or off respective squares in the grid, it works fairly well


The standard adjustable square or rectangle for “detection zones” for notifications needs an improvement, I would like to be able to have a free form shape I can draw or points to connect similar to Microsoft paint when you choose the free form option for shapes. That way I can avoid a bush that keeps setting off my notification but still get notified about movement above the bush.

Another more complicated option would be additional adjustable rectangles instead of the single adjustable rectangle currently available to avoid the bush.

Another option would be a highlighter tool to color in areas that notifications should be sent or the opposite.

I would like to do this as well. I have a flying flag in the middle of the zone I would like to watch. The motion of the flag creates false alarms, therefore I have to make the zone much smaller (below the flag), which leaves out lots of area I would like to watch. So, either custom shapes, exclusion zone, or multiple square zones would work for me.

Would it be possible to enhance the detection zone so that it could be configured by selecting multiple boxes from a grid similar to the system used by Dlink in the attached screenshot.

I agree and would appreciate this versatile feature.
Either of these methods would be great…customizable shape or grid system.
Please implement this feature as it would limit unwanted push notifications, easier for Wyze and Users!