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A DefenDoor for Home Security

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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."

DefendDoorThe 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.

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2N Debuts Indoor Touch Panel

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2N launches the Indoor Touch-- an IP-based access control and door entry system ideal for both residential and commercial applications, designed to make part of an integrated home security and automation system.

2N IndoorIdeal for larger residences and apartment blocks, the 7-inch panel provides an interface for home owners to identify visitors, remotely unlock IP-addressable remote door locks and switch on corridor and stair lighting. It uses an Android-based OS and is compatible with VoIP telephones, other 2N products (including the IP Helios Vario and Verso Door Entry) and 3rd party IP devices.

Power over Ethernet (PoE) keeps cabling to a minimum.

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A Wireless Security Sandbox

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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.

SandboxAccording 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.

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Insteon Adds Wifi Cameras

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Insteon Wifi CameraInsteon 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.

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Turn a Smartphone into a Security Device

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RicoCustomers 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.

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A Different Smart Lock

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The market offers a variety of smart lock solutions, all acting as replacements for your customer's current deadbolts. Haven sidesteps this design with its Smart Lock, a wedge one installs at the base of the door, inside the house.

Haven Smart LockAccording to the company this design is actually more secure than a deadbolt replacement, as it is anchored at the base of the door, the strongest point of the entryway. With steel, glass-reinforced nylon and aluminium construction, it promises to not only keep doors shut but also be lock pick-proof and strong enough to withstand even the force of a battering ram.

Installation appears simple enough-- measure the door for proper mounting, drill one hole in line with the included template and install via two mounting brackets.

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Facial Recognition Reaches the Front Door

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Chui doorbell 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.

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