Security (Home)

Smanos Debuts Wifi Alarm System, Camera

PDF Print E-mail
Smanos Debuts Wifi Alarm System, Camera

Security vendor Smanos announces the European availability of the W020 Wifi Alarm System and the IP6 HD Wifi Camera, a pair of devices first announced back at CeBIT 2015 in Hannover, Germany.

The W020 is a next generation wireless security hub. It connects to a wide array of wireless sensors and accessories, including door/window contacts, PIR motion sensors, security cameras, and flood, gas and smoke detectors, making it deal for consumer and SMB customers.

It not only alerts others to intrusions or environmental anomalies but also sends push notifications to mobile devices. Setup is simple, since one only needs to plug in the power, download the free iOS or Android app, set up wifi with Smart Link and pair wireless sensors or accessories.

Continue reading...

Nest Intros Cam, Protect Upgrade

PDF Print E-mail
Nest Intros Cam, Protect Upgrade

Google-owned home automation vendor Nest presents the Nest Cam internet-streaming home security camera, together with a second-generation Protect smoke detector and updated iOS and Android apps.

Essentially a rebranded Dropcam Pro (the result of Nest buying Dropcam a year ago), the Nest Cam features a few improvements in the shape of 1080p video recording, better night vision and the addition of a rare-earth magnet in the bottom. Users can save up to 30 days of video on the "Nest Aware" cloud (requires subscription) and create Activity Zones for specific alerts.

One can also stream video directly to YouTube Live, and the company promises video security through the use of a 2040-bit RSA key and a 128-bit SSL connections.

Continue reading...

Welcome the Face Recognising Camera

PDF Print E-mail
Welcome the Face Recognising Camera

French Internet of Things (IoT) startup Netatmo launches the Welcome, a Dropcam-style smart home camera featuring proprietary facial recognition technology paired with video feed streaming on iOS and Android devices.

First seen back at CES 2015, the Welcome consists of an anodised aluminium cylinder armed with a camera, 130-degree camera, infrared LEDs and motion sensors. It streams 1920x1080 video (including nighttime video) and can store video either locally (on included microSD cloud) or on the cloud.

However the main draw is the facial recognition-- Netatmo says the technology can recognise registered faces even if it only catches a glimpse as they walk past. The camera also sends mobile device alerts should it notice an unknown face.

Continue reading...

Panasonic Intros Nubo 4G Cameras

PDF Print E-mail
Panasonic Intros Nubo 4G Cameras

Panasonic Cameramanager launches the Nubo at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015-- a security camera the company says is the first to be 4G-enabled, allowing customers to check camera feeds without a wifi connection.

“Consumers have long had to compromise on mobility and connectivity when it came to their surveillance needsWith the introduction of Nubo, we’re putting the control of safety and surveillance into the user’s hands.”

Designed for both indoor and outdoor (IP-66) use, the Nubo camera is weather resistant and carries a wireless radio for sensor connectivity. Sensor controls enable the detection of human figures (for tailored alerts and alarms), while 2-way communications allow users to communicate through the camera in case of alerts.

Continue reading...

Open Sesame With Smart Lock

PDF Print E-mail
Open Sesame With Smart Lock

Candy House proposes a simpler means for customers to install a smartphone-powered door key replacement with Sesame, a smart lock one can simply tape over existing deadbolts with no tools required.

Once attached to the lock, the Sesame pairs with smartphones via Bluetooth LE and companion app. An additional Wifi Access Point accessory adds internet connectivity for remote locking and unlocking, while included lithium batteries promise up to 500 days of use.

Continue reading...

The Face-Recognising Cameras of CES

PDF Print E-mail
The Face-Recognising Cameras of CES

According to CES 2015 basic security cameras are simply not enough for today's customers-- such devices also need facial recognition smarts, such as those found in the Netatmo Welcome and the recently updated Simplicam.

The Welcome is an anodised aluminum cylinder armed with a camera, 130-degree lens and infrared LEDs. Like similar devices it provides customers with access to a 1920x1080 video feed via iOS, Android and PC/Mac apps, but  also adds a facial recognition component to tell who is coming in and out of the home.

Facial recognition simply involves taking a photo, and as it sees more of the home's occupants the Welcome promises to recognise them even better. It also sends custom notifications on whether someone arrived home (such as a kid coming back from school) or a stranger passes by. Furthermore the Welcome works in conjunction with attachable Tag accessories to track the motion of objects such as doors.

Continue reading...

A DefenDoor for Home Security

PDF Print E-mail
A DefenDoor for Home Security

Glate is the next company to take on the "smart" internet-connected doorbell category with the DefenDoor, a single device the company describes as a combination of "security guard, butler and concierge."

The DefenDoor is a wireless waterproof device, and is ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. It essentially acts as a doorbell and security system, with a wide-angle lens camera (shoots 720p resolution images) and 2-way audio with echo cancellation. Users can pair it with up to 5 Glate motion and vibration sensors, which trigger the camera in case of events such as as an opened window.

The doorbell also sends alerts to smartphones "within seconds" of events, with either photos, voice messages or video feeds. Smartphones are also the means for DefenDoor setup, and users can even set MP3 files as custom alerts and tones.

Continue reading...

A Wireless Security Sandbox

PDF Print E-mail
A Wireless Security Sandbox

Sandbox launches SandboxHome, an all-wireless security product complete with security cameras, intrusion sensors, smart doorbell and mobile device apps customers can install in just 15 minutes.

According to the company the system instantly sends text, sound, video and photo alerts to user devices as soon as it detects motion or intrusion, and provides remote access to camera and doorbell video and audio via iOS, Android and Windows apps. It is configurable (thus preventing sensors from going off when a pet moves across the room) and even allows the storage of motion-activated video and sound clips on PCs or cloud storage accounts.

The compact monitoring devices carry all wifi, networking, AV encoding, battery, encryption and other related technologies, Sandbox claims. The company also offers on a subscription basis is an optional 24/7 professional monitoring service.

Continue reading...

Insteon Adds Wifi Cameras

PDF Print E-mail
Insteon Adds Wifi Cameras

Insteon adds a pair of HD wifi cameras as part of its smart home portfolio-- one for indoor and the other for outdoor use, both promising detailed 1280 x 720 resolution images, even in low light conditions.

The cameras feature a 70-degree field of view and night vision via IR LEDs, allowing the capture of images up to 8m (indoors) and up to 30m away (outdoors) in pitch black conditions.

Continue reading...

Turn a Smartphone into a Security Device

PDF Print E-mail
Turn a Smartphone into a Security Device

Customers wanting to breathe a second life to a spare smartphone might be interested in the Rico, a toy-like security device which uses any older smartphone as its brains and eyes.

The concept behind the Rico is that smartphones already have a camera, microphone, speaker, processor and wifi/3G connectivity, and while the average handset has a shelf-life of around 24 months, older devices should be recycled in a creative way. That's where the Rico unit comes in. It houses any smartphone (Android 2.2 or iOS 6) under 4.5-inch in size and adds motion detection, temperature, carbon dioxide and humidity sensors, as well as the ability to control smart sockets.

Continue reading...

Facial Recognition Reaches the Front Door

PDF Print E-mail
Facial Recognition Reaches the Front Door

Startup company Chui debuts at CEDIA Expo 2014 with a device combining facial recognition, advanced computer vision and machine learning to create a smart doorbell able to put a face to the user's key.

According to the company the doorbell can recognise individuals and perform tasks specifically to them, such as unlock doors, activate connected devices and setting said devices to individual preferences. So for instance it can adjust the thermostat to a specific temperature and switch on the TV once the homeowner arrives at front door.

It also provides smartphone text alerts to let homeowners know who is at the door, as well a 2-way audio feature.

Continue reading...

Page 4 of 6