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Metra Home Theatre Ships Hybrid DVRs

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Metra Home Theatre starts shipping its new line of hybrid surveillance DVRs, with options for 4-, 8- and 16-channel DVRs available with or without hard drives.

Metra DVRThe 16-channel hybrid DVR (SPY-DVR16HYB2) provides dealers with more flexibility, thanks to compatibility with 4 types of video technology-- namely AHD, TVI, analog and IP. Dealers can use any combination of video technology across all 16 channels, combining 4 components into one versatile system.

In addition, the 16-channel DVR is available either with or without a hard drive (SPY-DVR16HYB2ND), allowing dealers to offer a customised storage solution and create a larger profit margin for services. The 16-channel DVR features robust 1080p resolution recording and playback quality, with up to 15fps for TVI, AHD and analog, and up to 25fps for IP.

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Friday Labs Ships Friday Lock

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Following a 2015 crowdfunding campaign Friday Labs launches the Friday Lock-- a smart lock promising to be the "smallest and most stylish" retrofit option.

Friday labs lockThe Friday Lock features Bluetooth, wifi and HomeKit connectivity, and comes in a slender package in a range of finishes. The minimalist design lacks a display or any features making it look like a smart device, and interchangeable die cast metal shells fit with the rest of the house or room.

Installation involves a Friday Universal Baseplate the makers say requires no locksmith, while a Door Adapter Plate ensures a secure fit on doors needing longer tailpieces. The smart lock is powered with a battery able to run for up to 3 months between charges (via included USB charger).

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Lilin Intros External HD IP PTZ Dome Camera

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Lilin presents the PSD4624EX20/30-- an external HD dome camera able to record 1080p video at 60fps, with 360-degree continuous rotation and a choice of brackets for flexible installation.

Lilin cameraThe camera features wide dynamic technology, allowing it to capture highlights and shadows simultaneously while eliminating pixilation and smear. Thi sis combined with 3D noise reduction and adaptive tone reproduction for improved image contrast in bright and dark areas.

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Clare Video Doorbell Ships

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Claire DoorbellClaire introduces a wifi HD video doorbell to the ClareVision+ line of IP surveillance cameras-- the Clare Video Doorbell, a slim unit installers can integrate with home automation systems using just 2 wires.

The Video Doorbell has an SD card slot for storage (up to 128GB), and is set to record on motion. It auto-configures for remote viewing via free ClareVision+ iOS and Android app, and the camera functions as a stand-alone device able to replace virtually any doorbell.

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August Smart Lock Goes Pro

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August Home announces the Smart Lock Pro (Z-Wave) at the International Security Conference (ISC West 2017)-- a smart lock built for the home installation channel.

August smart lock proThe launch comes as August joins the Z-Wave Alliance, expanding the interoperability of the company's products with offerings from other vendors. This allows installers to offer the Smart Lock Pro as part of a complete smart home solution, and as such it is available exclusively for the custom installation channel.

Apart from the addition of Z-Wave connectivity, Smart Lock Pro features the same capabilities of August smart locks, including smartphone-based keys, virtual keys for guests, and lock use tracking via 24/7 activity log. It also pairs easily with other August products, such as the Smart Keypad and Doorbell Cam.

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Legrand Adds to Bticino Classe 300 System

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Legrand announces an addition to the Bticino Classe 300 video door entry system range-- the Classe 300X connected video internal unit, a handsfree device complete with 7-inch touchscreen.

Legrand Bticino The Classe 300X uses integrated wifi connectivity and offers quick 2-wire installation, making it ideal for both new developments and the replacement of existing 2-wire devices. The touchscreen makes it a modern door entry solution and allows connection to wider functions and services, such as security cameras or lights.

A companion Door Entry app allows communication between video internal unit and smartphone, with simple controls and even a help button.

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Zyxel Intros Aurora Cloud Access Camera

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Zyxel announces a "lifestyle" camera-- the Aurora Cloud Access Camera, a means for customer to monitor their homes, with real-time mobile notifications adding an extra layer of security.

Cloud Access CameraThe Aurora has a "premium" image sensor able to capture high-resolution video under low-light conditions. A 4-in-1 design allows indoor mounting via stand, wall-mount kit and magnetic mount, while a smartphone app provides setup, recording schedules, motion detection zones, watching of live or recorded video, event notifications and speaking through the camera.

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