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D-Link Presents Omna 180 Camera

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D-Link announces the availability of the Omna 180 Cam HD (DSH-C310)-- a first HomeKit-enabled product in the Omna portfolio allowing users to check on their homes from their iDevices.

Omna cameraFirst seen back at CES 2017, the Omna 180 Cam HD carries a 1080p camera with 180-degree field of view, microphone and speaker with 2-way audio, infrared night vision and motion detection sensors in a cylindrical form factor. It stores video clips directly to microSDCX card, with no further subscription required.

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LG Takes on Security

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LG offers a plug-and-play home security and home automation hub-- Smart Security, an odd-looking device secured by ADT Canopy, a no-contract service for 24/7 professional monitoring.

LG Smart securityThe Smart Security acts as a smart home hub, with Bluetooth, wifi, Z-Wave and ZigBee connectivity allowing it to pair with a variety of devices. Z-Wave support allows the addition of contact sensors to doors and windows, while a companion iOS/Android app provides centralised control. Firmware updates should add compatibility with more devices, including smart locks and thermostats.

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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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