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Yale Smart Locks Get HomeKit

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Yale lockConnected lock maker Yale announces a number of its products will get compatibility with Apple HomeKit by March 2017, specifically through a separately sold HomeKit plug-in module.

The HomeKit module is similar to other Yale add-ons providing ZigBee and Z-Wave connectivity. It plugs into the control port of the Real Living Assure and NexTouch Wireless smart locks, and once set up it provides users with access to the Apple smart home platform.

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RTI Integrates With Mobotix

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RTI products get integration with another security product-- the Mobotix T25 IP video door station, via driver allowing 2-way audio and video communication with RTI intercom-enabled user interfaces.

RTI Mobotix"With the integration of MOBOTIX, RTI dealers can incorporate the video and voice capabilities of Mobotix's door stations into their customer's control and automation experience," the company says. "The ability to easily see and respond to visitors at the door is a great feature to offer clients, providing them with additional security and convenience."

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Blink Intros Outdoor Camera

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Blink announces a first outdoor camera-- the Blink XT, a small 1080p wireless camera able to run for over 2 years on a pair of regular lithium AA batteries customers can place just about anywhere.

Blink cameraLike other Blink cameras the XT features a 110-degree field of view and uses the same mounting system, only with the addition of IP-65-rated construction and infrared night vision. It does need to be in range of a wifi signal, but once connected to the internet the camera provides Alexa integration and free cloud-based storage for the viewing of 5-60 second clips triggered by the built-in motion sensor via iOS and Android Home Monitor app.

Users can also pair the XT with indoor Blink cameras to create a home security network.

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Nest Cam Streams to Android, Apple TV

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The Nest platform gets a 5.9 update-- one providing Cam security camera users with a number of new features, including the streaming of feeds on 4th generation Apple TV and Android TV units.

Nest Cam AppleTVIn the near future Android TV and Apple TV device owners can download a Nest app on the tvOS App Store allowing one to easily switch from Netflix binges to the checking who is at the door. The app also includes toggles between live feeds and video history scrubbing for "reality TV you actually care about."

Another Cam feature in the Nest update is "instaclip"-- a means to capture and share short clips based on potentially interesting moments captured by the security camera. Generating an instaclip involves tapping the "clip" icon before customising the length of the clip in question. Creating instaclips requires a Nest Aware subscription, and clips can be uploaded to either online archive or stored on iDevice.

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Lilin Intros IPC0522 Security Station

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Lilin presents an IP security solution-- the IPC0522 Door Station, a device providing 1080p video together with an adjustable speaker and microphone with Echo cancellation for 2-way communication.

Lilin Door StationDesigned for both outdoor and indoor use, the IPC0522 offers continuous recording of full HD 30fps video through connection with a Lilin NVR. The built-in camera uses lens distortion connection for high quality wide-angle video, while Sense Up+ and 3D Noise Reduction boost low light performance for images lacking in motion blur.

A companion Lilin app allows users to establish video connections, open doors, view video and check recordings from anywhere in the world. Power comes through PoE, while SD card is an option for storage.

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Movidius Sets to Make Cameras Smarter

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Intel-owned machine vision specialist Movidius announces a means to make security cameras smarter-- the Myriad 2 Video Processing Unit (VPU) powering the next generation of Hikvision surveillance cameras.

Movidius HiVisionAccording to the company the Myriad 2 is an "ultra-low power" chip using advanced deep neural networks to provide up to 99% accuracy in tasks such as car model classification, intruder detection, suspicious baggage alerts and even seatbelt detection, all running inside the camera without need for cloud-based processing. Or, in a few words, such cameras can "see" and identify suspicious objects better.

“There are huge amounts of gains to be made when it comes to neural networks and intelligent camera systems” Hikvision CEO adds. “With the Myriad 2 VPU we’re able to make our analytics offerings much more accurate, flagging more events that require a response, while reducing false alarms. Embedded, native intelligence is a major step towards smart, safe and efficiently run cities. We will build a long term partnership with Movidius and its VPU roadmap.”

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Arlo Intros Weatherproof Pro Security Camera

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Netgear's Arlo unit announces the Pro-- a wireless security camera featuring ultra-wide 130-degree viewing angles, two-way audio and motion recognition within a weatherproof body.

Arlo ProThe Arlo Pro can be connected to the mains mains, but it promises to work for along time on battery alone a special low-power consumption router and a proprietary base station Netgear claims allows for up to 6 months of use on a single charge. Customers can also easily swap batteries through an optional dual-bay Arlo Pro Charging Station.

As for the actual camera, RGB-IR night vision technology provides clear high resolution video even in total darkness, while a passive IR motion sensor detects movement at a range of 7m. Customers can check footage via app on smartphones, tablets and even Apple TV, and the camera can also be connect to smart home platforms including IFTTT and Samsung SmartThings.

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