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Hive Unveils Connected Camera

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British smart home vendor Hive is the next company to take on entry-level security with the Hive Camera, a product similar to the Nest Cam allowing users to monitor their home via companion mobile device app.

Hive CameraThe company allows for 24/7 HD streaming, and can be controlled and accessed via mobile app. It also features built-in two-way audio, motion sensor, audio detection, night vision and a wide viewing angle. Customers can have it record all movement and log time and date, which is stored locally before viewing on the app. It can also zoom in remotely and produce one of three sounds (police siren, dog bark or ringing alarm) when triggered by a user.

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Ring Brings Video Doorbell 2

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Ring announces an update to its self-explanatory Video Doorbell-- the Video Doorbell 2, with features from the 2016 Video Doorbell Pro (namely 1080p video and motion-detection zones) and a rechargeable battery.

Ring Video Doorbell 2In comparison, the Video Doorbell Pro depends on wired power, making the Video Doorbell 2 an easier to install option. The rechargeable battery is swappable, allowing users to rotate batteries to keep the doorbell powered 24/7 without need for additional wiring. Of course, connection to an existing doorbell system remains an option.

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Logitech Presents Circle 2 Indoor/Outdoor Camera

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Logitech announces a flexible security camera option-- the Circle 2, a smart camera designed for both indoor and outdoor use, as well as both wired and wireless use.

Logitech Circle 2The Circle 2 is a small circular device with a 180-degree 1080p camera on one side and a smart connector on the other. The idea behind it is customers can set it up in different configurations according to the mount they use. Currently mounting options amount to four, with a  wall mount, battery mount, window mount or plug mount.

The camera is weatherproof, meaning it can be used anywhere once paired with a suitable mount (the mount is necessary, and the Circle 2 will not work without it). In addition, Logitech also offers accessories such as weatherproof extension cord and an extra rechargeable battery.

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Lilin Adds Entry-Level IP Bullet Camera

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Lilin announces an entry-level addition to its IP camera line-- the MR832 outdoor bullet camera, featuring a 4mm fixed lens with an IP66 environment rating, 30m IR LED illumination and day/night imaging.

MR832The MR832 features 2D wide dynamic range for accurate video capture even in high-contrast lighting. 3D Noise Reduction offers maximum clarity in low light conditions, while energy-efficient IR LEDs automatically illuminate scenes in complete darkness, allowing users to discover subjects at a range of up to 30m.

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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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