A new outdoor security camera designed by a French startup is winning rave reviews at CES 2016, currently taking place in Las Vegas. Dubbed the Presence, the camera is reportedly able to recognize the difference between cars, people, and animals thanks to a new deep learning algorithm called Smart-Sight.
Netatmo, the company behind the Presence, said the new system can provide much smarter security for the home market. “Presence is able to analyze and report precisely what’s happening outside the home. It provides the best response to the fast growing demand of outdoor security systems,” said Fred Potter, Netatmo’s founder and CEO, in a statement.
The camera is able to analyze its surroundings in real time. Because it is capable of understanding the behavior it is recording, it can notify a user if it sees something out of the ordinary with alerts such as “ seen," “person seen," or “animal seen." In addition to providing security, the camera can alert the user to non-security related events, such as when a package is delivered and no one is around to receive it, the company said.
The camera won four of the CES Innovation Awards this year in the categories “Smart Home," “Digital Imaging," “Tech for a Better World,” and “Embedded Technologies."
The Presence is able to record in two different modes: infrared night vision and smart floodlight. While in night vision mode, the Presence can discretely record activity at a location. When the smart floodlight is activated, the camera can detect colors and other details even during the night, or scare off intruders, the company said.
Users can also customize the Presence’s notifications and recordings, and decide whether they want to be notified based on their own criteria, so they only receive alerts when necessary. Users can also define specific smart zones for motion detection. A camera will then send a user a detailed notification if it detects activity in one of the specific locations, according to Netatmo.
Beyond smart notifications, the Presence comes with full HD video recording capabilities, and offers users a timeline of events. Videos are stored locally on an internal micro SD card, which can be set to automatically transfer to a central server. Storage is free and it doesn’t incur any additional fees.
Data can be transmitted directly to users' smartphones, and is secured by end-to-end bank-level encryption, the company said. The security system also alerts users if their cameras are accessed from unknown IP addresses. Users can stream live video from the cameras via either their smartphones, tablets, PCs, or Apple Watches. They can also view past events thanks to a timeline function, and pinch-to-zoom magnification. The camera also connects to a building’s Wi-Fi network, according to the company.
Netatmo said the camera can provide up to a 100-degree field of view and record images up to 60 meters away. The minimalist camera is also completely waterproof, the company claimed.
Posted: 2016-01-06 @ 12:05pm PT
I wish someone could come up with a security camera that would work behind tinted glass and still have HD quality images.