The tensorflow image processing platform allows you to detect and recognize objects in a camera image using TensorFlow. The state of the entity is the number of objects detected, and recognized objects are listed in the summary attribute along with quantity. The matches attribute provides the confidence score for recognition and the bounding box of the object for each detection category.

The following packages must be installed on Hassbian/Raspbian before following the setup for the component to work: $ sudo apt-get install libatlas-base-dev libopenjp2-7 libtiff5


You need to install the tensorflow Python packages with: $ pip3 install tensorflow==1.11.0. The wheel is not available for all platforms. See the official install guide for other options. Hass.io is not yet supported but an addon is under development.

This component requires files to be downloaded, compiled on your computer, and added to the Home Assistant configuration directory. These steps can be performed using the sample script at this gist. Alternatively, if you wish to perform the process manually, the process is as follows:

  • Clone tensorflow/models
  • Compile protobuf models located in research/object_detection/protos with protoc
  • Create the following directory structure inside your config directory:
  |- {config_dir}
    | - tensorflow/
      |- object_detection/
        |- __init__.py
  • Copy required object_detection dependancies to the object_detection folder inside of the tensorflow folder:

    • research/object_detection/data
    • research/object_detection/utils
    • research/object_detection/protos

Model Selection

Lastly, it is time to pick a model. It is recommended to start with one of the COCO models available in the Model Detection Zoo.

The trade-off between the different models is accuracy vs speed. Users with a decent CPU should start with the faster_rcnn_inception_v2_coco model. If you are running on an ARM device like a Raspberry Pi, start with the ssd_mobilenet_v2_coco model.

Whichever model you choose, download it and place the frozen_inference_graph.pb file in the tensorflow folder in your configuration directory.


To enable this platform in your installation, add the following to your configuration.yaml file:

# Example configuration.yaml entry
  - platform: tensorflow
      - entity_id: camera.local_file
      graph: /home/homeassistant/.homeassistant/tensorflow/frozen_inference_graph.pb

Configuration Variables


(map)(Required)The list of image sources.


(string)(Required)A camera entity id to get picture from.


(string)(Optional)This parameter allows you to override the name of your image_processing entity.


(list)(Optional)A template for the component to save processed images including bounding boxes. camera_entity is available as the entity_id string of the triggered source camera.


(map)(Required)Information about the TensorFlow model.


(string)(Required)Full path to frozen_inference_graph.pb.


(string)(Optional)Full path to a *label_map.pbtext.

Default value: tensorflow/object_detection/data/mscoco_label_map.pbtxt


(string)(Optional)Full path to tensorflow models directory.

Default value: /tensorflow inside config


(map)(Optional)Custom detection area. Only objects fully in this box will be reported. Top of image is 0, bottom is 1. Same left to right.


(float)(Optional)Top line defined as % from top of image.

Default value: 0


(float)(Optional)Left line defined as % from left of image.

Default value: 0


(float)(Optional)Bottom line defined as % from top of image.

Default value: 1


(float)(Optional)Right line defined as % from left of image.

Default value: 1


(list)(Optional)List of categories to include in object detection. Can be seen in the file provided to labels.

categories can also be defined as dictionary providing an area for each category as seen in the advanced configuration below:

# Example advanced configuration.yaml entry
  - platform: tensorflow
      - entity_id: camera.driveway
      - entity_id: camera.backyard
      - "/tmp/{{ camera_entity.split('.')[1] }}_latest.jpg"
      - "/tmp/{{ camera_entity.split('.')[1] }}_{{ now().strftime('%Y%m%d_%H%M%S') }}.jpg"
      graph: /home/homeassistant/.homeassistant/tensorflow/frozen_inference_graph.pb
        - category: person
            # Exclude top 10% of image
            top: 0.1
            # Exclude right 15% of image
            right: 0.85
        - car
        - truck

Optimising resources

Image processing components process the image from a camera at a fixed period given by the scan_interval. This leads to excessive processing if the image on the camera hasn’t changed, as the default scan_interval is 10 seconds. You can override this by adding to your config scan_interval: 10000 (setting the interval to 10,000 seconds), and then call the image_processing.scan service when you actually want to perform processing.