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How To Integrate Doorbells with Sonos

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A pair of integrators and MIT engineers present the Netonos Note, a means to integrate Sonos multi-room audio systems with doorbells and surround sound receivers, allowing the playback of whole-house announcements.

Netonos NoteThe Note stacks on top of Sonos Connect Network controller, and supplies automated control of surround receiver power on and off, source selection and volume control, eliminating the need for multiple remotes.

It is compatible with most AV receivers, including Denon, Marantz and Yamaha, via ethernet, RS-232, IR or 12V trigger.

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Lilin Security Gets Crestron Drivers

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Custom installers can now integrate Lilin cameras and NVRs, including its latest 360-degree surveillance camera, with Crestron home control and automation systems via drivers developed by UK-based Janus Technology.

Lilin CameraThe drivers provide two-way integration with Crestron for all compatible network cameras, as well as one-way control of DVR/NVRs. The result? Full CCTV control functionality complete with pan, tilt and zoom controls, plus MJPEG stream monitoring, on the Crestron panel.

Lilin says Crestron processors can communicate directly with connected cameras and DVR/NVRs, and installers can program motion and tamper variables for user alerts, recording initiation and other appropriate actions within the Crestron system.

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Panasonic Intros Nubo 4G Cameras

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Panasonic Cameramanager launches the Nubo at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015-- a security camera the company says is the first to be 4G-enabled, allowing customers to check camera feeds without a wifi connection.

Panasonic Nubo“Consumers have long had to compromise on mobility and connectivity when it came to their surveillance needsWith the introduction of Nubo, we’re putting the control of safety and surveillance into the user’s hands.”

Designed for both indoor and outdoor (IP-66) use, the Nubo camera is weather resistant and carries a wireless radio for sensor connectivity. Sensor controls enable the detection of human figures (for tailored alerts and alarms), while 2-way communications allow users to communicate through the camera in case of alerts.

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Open Sesame With Smart Lock

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Candy House proposes a simpler means for customers to install a smartphone-powered door key replacement with Sesame, a smart lock one can simply tape over existing deadbolts with no tools required.

Sesame Smart LockOnce attached to the lock, the Sesame pairs with smartphones via Bluetooth LE and companion app. An additional Wifi Access Point accessory adds internet connectivity for remote locking and unlocking, while included lithium batteries promise up to 500 days of use.

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Lilin NVR Security at ISE 2015

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Security vendor Lilin launches its latest Network Video Recorder (NVR) models, as well as a covert surveillance solution, at ISE 2015, which the company says are designed for the custom installation market.

Lilin NVRFeaturing high gloss black enclosures and no front panel controls, the NVRs handle 16 channels and are available in 100, 200 and 400fps versions-- the NVR100L, NVR200L and NVR400L.

The other Lilin offering at ISE is the IPC0122-- a modular pinhole camera the company describes as a "discreet IP solution." It streams 1080p images at 30fps, with a 6m cable allowing installation flexibility, and can send email alarms when either detecting sound and motion or tampered with.

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An Automation Hub in a Door Lock

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Westinghouse Security (the company formerly known as NextLock) launches builds a Z-Wave, Bluetooth LE and wifi home automation hub into a smart door lock called the Nucli, a product first seen at CES 2015.

Westinghouse NucliWhile looking like any other smart door lock, the Nucli packs an integrated outdoor camera, motion detection, fingerprint reader, inner and outer touchscreens, accelerometer, VoIP communications and doorbell. Wireless connectivity comes through Z-Wave, Bluetooth and wifi, and Westinghouse says it can be used to control Z-Wave devices (via custom touchscreen swipes) either individually or in groups.

Door opening comes through either keypad PIN or smartphone app virtual keys shareable with up to 50 users. Customers can also open the Nucli with the SmartFob, a Z-Wave-enabled keyfob complete with a biometric and keypad reader that doubles as a home automation controller.

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The Face-Recognising Cameras of CES

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Netatmo SimplicamAccording to CES 2015 basic security cameras are simply not enough for today's customers-- such devices also need facial recognition smarts, such as those found in the Netatmo Welcome and the recently updated Simplicam.

The Welcome is an anodised aluminum cylinder armed with a camera, 130-degree lens and infrared LEDs. Like similar devices it provides customers with access to a 1920x1080 video feed via iOS, Android and PC/Mac apps, but  also adds a facial recognition component to tell who is coming in and out of the home.

Facial recognition simply involves taking a photo, and as it sees more of the home's occupants the Welcome promises to recognise them even better. It also sends custom notifications on whether someone arrived home (such as a kid coming back from school) or a stranger passes by. Furthermore the Welcome works in conjunction with attachable Tag accessories to track the motion of objects such as doors.

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