What is SAMi?

SAMi is an intelligent, configurable, video based nighttime movement detection system. Through the use of specialized software and an infrared camera, a parent or caregiver is alerted on their IOS device to unusual movement in the monitored location. Events are recorded and archived for further use.

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Is the SAMi monitor the right monitor for me?

While the SAMi monitor works well for many people, here are things to consider.

  • The SAMi monitor is only for monitoring during sleep.  You need to have a place to mount the monitor in the bedroom pointed at the sleeping location.
  • SAMi alarms on motion.  The motion can be small and it does not need to be repetitive, but it must continue for at least 15 seconds.  You can adjust the length of time before the alarm sounds, but if you set it shorter than about 15 seconds you will probably get more false alarms than you would like.
  • If your child is a very restless sleeper or shares a bed, or if there is a family pet or service dog sleeping with the child, you may get lots of false alarms.
  • SAMi has visible lights on the front.  There is a bright power light which can be easily covered but there is also a ring of dim red lights that cannot be covered as they allow the camera to see in the dark.  It is fine for most people but some children are bothered by this (and some like it!)  Note that the lights do not flicker.
  • SAMi requires a good quality WiFi network.  


We want to be sure you have the best possible experience and that you get the best possible monitor for your needs.  If you have any questions or concerns about the product please email us at info@samialert.com.  If after using the monitor you determine it isn’t right for you please let us know and we'll take it back.

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What are the benefits of SAMi?

SAMi offers you the security of having a system in place to alert you only when necessary.  This system is configured to your situation, not a “one size fits all” product.  It provides high quality, accurate recordings that are time/date/duration stamped for purpose of documentation, review/evaluation, and communication with your specialist.

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Is SAMi a medical device? Can I get insurance to pay for SAMi?

SAMi is not a medical device.  You should check with your insurance provider for assistance in purchasing. While we have had success in getting insurance to cover SAMi it is, unfortunately, uncommon.  If you have a financial need, check our resources page for organizations that can help you obtain a SAMi camera or kit.  Here is our full disclaimer:

"SAMi is a nocturnal movement monitor and will detect all types of movement regardless of the movement’s origin.  HiPass Design LLC. does not guarantee the effectiveness of SAMi for any particular application and use of SAMi is solely at your own risk.  SAMi has not been evaluated or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or any other government agency for any purpose.  SAMi is not a medical device and is not intended for use in the prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, or cure of any disease or other conditions.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. "

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