Telegram native BI integration?

joshwah

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Hi everyone,

Now that BI has native deepstack integration... what does everyone think of BI adding in native telegram as a means of sending notifications of alerts (obviously, just confirmed/flagged).

I think this is a great option for seeing alerts REMOTELY without needing to add port forwarding - greatly improves the security of your setup - as with the current setup, if you want to look at all the alerts over a period of time, you need to log into the BI app which requires port forwarding or VPN etc. whereas, if you had telegram integration you can easily view ALL confirmed/flagged images easily.

Thoughts? Would you consider emailing BI support to suggest it? The more who suggest it the more Ken will likely add it.
 

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You could have the images text messaged or emailed to you and then only need to VPN if it is something that needs to be looked at while away.
 

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You could have the images text messaged or emailed to you and then only need to VPN if it is something that needs to be looked at while away.
Yes i understand that, but it's not the same. With telegram, it's like a text messaging thread, where you can just view all the images and scroll... vs needing to open individual emails one by one and waiting for them to load, etc.
 

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But all of my text messages with alert images all come in on one text messaging thread and I can view all the images and scroll....
 

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But all of my text messages with alert images all come in on one text messaging thread and I can view all the images and scroll....
Most (all) SMS messaging apps work the same way. You can use the built in SMS messaging notification to send you a text message with or without an image attached. You can customize the text message as well. My messages come across with "Motion was detected on the XXXX camera" and a picture of scene. That's a very basic example, but it simply shows that you can build up messages to say what you want with information that is unique to the trigger (name of the camera, etc). All of these alerts are under a single SMS thread in my regular SMS app. It makes it very easy to go back and see previous alerts/images and I'm using the same app that I use for all other texting so I don't have to clutter my phone up with a "one use" type app (although I do have Telegram on my phone already - I just don't use it for much).

I don't think asking for Telegram support is a bad thing, but I just wanted to show you a way you can accomplish this now without waiting for a new feature.
 

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Most (all) SMS messaging apps work the same way. You can use the built in SMS messaging notification to send you a text message
The issue is in certain countries like Australia, we don’t have API for sms etc. thus it will need a unique sms subscription at 10c per sms.., adds up quickly.
 
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