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Tag: Home Security

Dropcam Cloud-based Wi-Fi Video Monitoring

Posted by Andrew at 10:17 PM on March 23, 2014

Dropcam LogoDropcam has been a sponsor here at GNC for several months but if you haven’t clicked through on any of the links, this is your opportunity to see a Dropcam in action. Don Baine chats to Elizabeth from Dropcam about this cloud-connected webcam.

The Dropcam is a wireless 720p webcam that connects easily to your home network but can be accessed across the internet, letting you check up on what’s happening while you aren’t there with your smartphone – both Android and iOS devices are supported. Motion-activated notifications can alert you to unexpected activity and a subscription-based video recording facility gives the ability to rewind and see what happened earlier. Overall it’s a complete solution that goes beyond an internet-connected webcam.

The Dropcam comes in two models, the standard Dropcam and the Dropcam Pro, priced at $149 and $199 respectively.

Interview by Don Baine, the Gadget Professor for the TechPodcast Network.

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Flir FX Portable Interchangeable Wi-Fi Camera

Posted by Andrew at 10:11 PM on March 6, 2014

Flir FX CameraFlir made the news at CES with its personal thermal imaging device for the iPhone but the company does a whole range of imaging devices, including the Flir FX, a portable interchangeable wi-fi video camera. Todd gets further illumination from John Distelzweig of Flir.

The Flir FX is a fundamentally a webcam running 1080p over wi-fi, but that’s largely where the similarity with other products end. The Flir FX unusually has an internal battery, giving it greater portability than most similar products and the main camera unit can be slotted into different mounts, converting from a home webcam into sports video camera or an outdoor security camera, depending on the exterior case used. It’s really very cool.

The Flir FX will be available in late spring with an MSRP $249 and you can put your name down to be notified here.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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Brinno – Looking through the Peephole

Posted by Andrew at 1:16 PM on February 25, 2014

Brinno LogoDon looks through the peephole with Chris Adams from Brinno at their latest home security cameras. Brinno are known for their time-lapse and motion detecting digital cameras and this is the latest addition to their PeepHole Viewer range.

The PeepHole Viewer digital camera is designed to fit over standard door peepholes to record activity on the outside of the door, either as short videos or else as still photos on a micro SD card. Connecting the camera to the peephole is very straightforward and a new peephole is included with the camera just in case the existing peephole is damaged or dirty. Footage can be reviewed on the camera itself or else transferred to a laptop or PC using the memory card to look at visitors in more detail.

Interview by Don Baine, the Gadget Professor.

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D-Link NVR and Low-Light Webcam

Posted by Andrew at 12:16 PM on January 24, 2014

D-Link LogoAt CES’ Digital Experience, Ken from D-Link tells Todd about their new network video recorder (NVR) and low-light webcam.

The NVR can record up to 9 IP cameras at once, storing the images on the SATA drive. The feeds can be viewed either via an attached HDMI monitor or else viewed remotely via D-Link’s mydlink solution which securely connects from the Internet back to devices in the home, using a web browser or a smartphone app.

The low-light web camera works down to 0.01 lux light levels and can still pick out colours. In complete darkness, a white LED provides illumination for up to 50 feet. As you’d expect, it’s 802.11ac wireless.

Both the NVR and the webcam will have an MSRP of US$379 when they go on sale in April ’14.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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Kwikset adds Remote Unlocking to Kevo at CES

Posted by Andrew at 5:59 PM on January 8, 2014

Kwikset KevoThe Kwikset Kevo is a deadbolt lock that uses Bluetooth communication as well as a physical key to lock and unlock doors. Currently it only works with Apple iPhones but it looks really cool. You walk up to the door, touch the Kevo lock, the lock checks your eKey on your phone and the door opens. There’s a whole host of clever features based around eKeys which can be transferred to people you trust and owners can receive notifications of when the lock is opened. The glossy video below shows the main features of the Kevo.

The Kevo has been available for a few months and at CES, Kwikset are responding to customer feedback with new enhancements to the Kevo lock system. The Kevo Bluetooth Gateway will be available in the summer and the unit will allow owners to remotely lock and unlock Kevo using their smartphone, say when a relative visits from out of town or a neighbour unexpectedly needs to feed pets.

Kwikset is quickly expanding the value Kevo delivers to current and future owners through a series of Kevo technology advancements, beginning with remote functionality, based on the desires of today’s consumer” said Keith Brandon, director, residential access solutions. “Kevo continues to be the breakthrough smart lock technology on the market, gaining recognition from the CES Innovation Awards, among many others.

As you might expect, the Kevo locks don’t come cheap at around US$220 but it looks like a neat solution and once Kwikset (a) get it working on Android and (b) produce a UK version, I might well be interested.

Two New Products from iSmartAlarm at CES

Posted by JenThorpe at 4:28 AM on January 7, 2014

iSmartAlarm switchHome security is very important. We all want to ensure that our families, homes, and “stuff” are safe. Those of you who are considering getting some home security devices this year may want to take a look at iSmartAlarm. They have not one, but two, brand new products at CES 2014. Each of them can be used to extend the capabilities of the existing iSmartAlarm Home Security System.

The iSmartAlarm Doorfront is a new control tool. It will alert you via your smartphone when someone comes to your front door or rings your doorbell. It enables you to see, hear, and speak to the visitors – even if you are away from home. You can do that through your smartphone.

The iSmartAlarm Smart Switch is a natural extension of the iSmartAlarm Home Security System. It is a switch that you can use to remotely control the lights in your home. Use it to control electrical outlets, monitor if your lights have been turned on or off, and ensure that potentially dangerous appliances have been turned off (when they aren’t in use). It also lets you monitor energy usage.

These two brand new products can be set up within minutes without the need for professional installation. Each is part of the iSmartAlarm home control ecosystem. They are compatible with both iPhone and Android devices.

You can check out the new products from iSmartAlarm at CES 2014. They will be part of Pepcom’s Digital Experience Press event at The Mirage. You can also find them at booth #6717.

Yale Locks Brings High Tech to the Common Door

Posted by Alan at 11:39 AM on February 26, 2012

Yale has new home door locks that bring a high-tech flare to your house.  These aren’t your average doorsets – they have touch-screens and smartphone apps.  You can buy the locks alone from many retailers, like Amazon,  however, they are big with custom installers of home security systems. Now they have introduced NFC (near field communication) to their locks.  That means you don’t need a key or a code.  Your phone alone can unlock the door just by being close to it.  If you are worried about your phone being lost or stolen then you can set up a secondary line of security such as a pass code.  You can also revoke a mobile key via the web site if a phone gets lost.  In addition, you can assign a separate code to each person in your home and even have the lock send you a text when someone passes through the door.  Yale Locks are available on the market today, and the ones with NFC technology will be arriving soon.  Prices and availability have not yet been determined.

You can find out more at Yale. Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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