Feature Suggestion: Motion Detection Ignore Small Animals

Currently the Motion Settings have Smart Alerts that will only notify you if people are detected. However this feature is not useful for me as I want alerts for cars, bikes, etc on my property. The people detection also doesn’t always work, especially if they are near the edge of the camera’s vision.

I would suggest adding a feature to notify you of any movement, unless small animals like squirrels/cats/dogs are detected. This will ensure I’m notified of people, cars, bikes, etc. Until this feature is added, even on the minimum sensitivity Ring is mostly serving as a “Squirrel Detector”… lol

Hi @kyle315a. This is a great suggestion. I will share this feedback with our teams here. In the meantime, I’ll move this suggestion over to our Feature Request Board so other neighbors can add interest and vote for this feature!

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Tom_Ring -

Actually, I would STRONGLY object to the proposed feature being implemented unless it was somehow STRICTLY LIMITED to those users who were interested in such a feature.

Small animals are often the source of all sorts of really annoying problems (some of which are quite serious)… and thus, Ring hardware would quickly become far less useful if motion detection algorithms screened them out.

For example, even if the OP might not care if RATS were running around their property (including extremely close to the perimeter of their home/garage), I would think most Ring users would want such activity detected (and the associated notifications and video clips created).

If folks are worried about critters, a trail camera might be a better option as you can place it at entry/exit points.
I have one and have seen coyotes, skunks, racoons, cats, mice, possums, and yes, rats going through my yard. Now that I know, I can act against the ones I don’t want around my house.

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I would like to see an AI feature like the nest doorbell has, to notify you who is at the door, and if it is a small animal or package.

SolarEclipse -

Actually, I tried using various trail camera strategies… but found them to be relatively useless when compared to “wired” security cameras (with the appropriate settings).

Relizare -

I would be very concerned with the use of any type of AI – unless all processing was done on your local device and no one could benefit in any way from any data/information except you. I assume that’s not the type of feature you are proposing.

Could enhance this feature to be so much more than just this. First add more filters such as vehicles and animals. Then once all the filters are added simply add the ability to filter motion alerts by filter type. So only get alerted for when people detected or animal detected or vehicle or any selectable combination of the filters. This would make everyone happy because your consumers would have to ability to manage for their specific preference.