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The Camera-Free Security System

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Customers wary of indoor connected cameras spying on their every daily lives get a camera-free option with Xandem Home, a system using radio waves to monitor the home.

Xander SecurityBased on motion-detecting wireless mesh networking technology, Xandem Home promises home security without the blind spots and false alarms found in traditional cameras and motion detectors. The technology essentially creates a "radio-frequency sensing web" across the entire floor plan. Movements affect the radio waves making the web, and algorithms detect and locate the causes of said disturbances, radar-style.

The radio waves travel through walls and furniture, and are generated by nodes users simply plug into wall power outlets. In turn the nodes connect with an internet-connected gateway, making for a fairly simple setup process. The maker adds the gateway integrates with other smart home products, allowing the system to control lights or thermostats, or sound on an alarm in case of break-in.

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Netgear Updates Security With Arlo Q

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Netgear launches an update on the Arlo home security camera-- the Arlo Q, a Nest Cam-style device featuring 1080p video recording, 2-way audio and 7 days of free cloud video recording.

Arlo QThe Arlo Q records video using a 4MP image sensor, 130-degree wide-angle lens and built-in night vision. It connects to wifi networks and promises easy control via companion iOS/Android app complete with live video feed access, 2-way audio and notifications in case of sound or motion detection.

Users can create specific activity zones and alert times, with customisable smart detection promising to lessen false alarms caused by lighting changes, natural background movement and normal ambient sounds. One can also control multiple Arlo and Arlo Q cameras through the same app.

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The HomeKit-Enabled Smoke Detector

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First Alert presents the first HomeKit-enabled smoke alarm-- the Onelink Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm, a Nest Protect-style device featuring iDevice integration.

Homekit alarmHomeKit capability allows users to control the smoke detector via Siri, with voice commands such as dimming the night light or checking for smoke or carbon monoxide alerts. A companion app tests the viability of the smoke detector, notifies users of alarms and silences accidentally set off alarms.

The app also toggles the built-in nightlight on and off, and guides users to problems with voice alerts.

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Channel Vision Intros 9-Channel NVR

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The Channel Vision NVR-09N is a 9-channel network video recorder (NVR) providing users with focused control, reliable video recording and integration with existing systems.

9 Channel NVRIt allows users to scan recordings for specific times, dates, events, objects, motion or activity, with watchdog monitoring ensuring the device restarts and continues recording in case of error.

ONVIF protocol and SDDP format support allowing the NVR to automatically locate and add IP networks to the network. It supports up to 5MP cameras for each channel and the HDMI interface, as well as RTSP stream input for the use of 3rd party cameras.

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The Logi Circle Dropcam-Alike

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Logitech announces the Logi Circle-- a Dropcam-style home monitoring camera and companion app combo customers can unplug to stream video from anywhere in the house for up to 3 hours.

Logi CircleA second product in the Logi line (after a set of iPad cases), the Circle is a small round camera the size of a tennis ball. It streams 720p video to the companion iOS/Android mobile device app, as well as 2-way audio feature (allows users to both listen and speak through the camera) and motion detection complete with app push notifications.

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Schlage Presents HomeKit-Enabled Deadbolt

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Schlage announces the Sense Smart Deadbolt-- a Bluetooth-enabled door lock featuring built-in end-to-end encryption and Apple HomeKit compatibility, allowing users to open doors via iDevices and Siri voice control.

Schlage Sens Users can manage and schedule up to 30 deadbolt access codes via companion app. The app handles code creation and deletion, lock status, activity viewing, setting updates and battery life checking, all without need for connection to a home automation system or monthly subscription charges.

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Panasonic and Allianz Team Up in Security

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Panasonic and Allianz Worldwide Partnership combine smart home and assistance services expertise in an integrated security solution protecting against break-ins, glass/window breakage and water leaks.

Panasonic AllianzDubbed "Panasonic Smart Home & Allianz Assist," the service connects Panasonic Smart Home monitoring and control systems with Allianz home protection services. In event of incident (motion detection, glass breakage, water leakage) the Panasonic system sends a sensor alert to customer mobile devices, activates the indoor siren and notifies the Allianz Global Assistance (AGA) service centre.

In turn the service centre informs designated person(s) and manages the limitation of home damage by sending a craftsman to the property or alerting security services in case of burglary. A locksmith service is also included.

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