Do you need eyes on your front door at all times, lest a burglar creep up to your doorstep? (Or at least to make sure that your dog doesn't run away?) Netatmo's got a new outdoor nanny camera to keep watch. Always-on, web-connected security cameras are nothing new, but while in the US the indoor market has been more or less cornered by Google's Nestcam, the outside remains a more uncharted frontier.
In a lot of ways, Netatmo's new Presence camera is the outdoor evolution of the indoor Welcome camera that the company introduced last year. The coolest feature is the camera's ability to recognise people, and to distinguish between known and trusted individuals, and strangers. The Presence camera doesn't just detect people, either. It can also recognise cars and pets.
The camera is connected to the internet and sends push notifications to your smartphone, alerting you that a human, a dog or a vehicle has been spotted. The Presence's vision is definable into zones, so that you only get notifications if say, if there's movement in a particular area over by where you park your Porsche.
The camera shoots Full HD video, which is recorded onto a microSD card and can then be uploaded automatically to a personal FTP server. It has 100-degree field of view, and can see up to 20m. That's reasonable coverage.
Nobody should ever rely on this type of security camera for actual security, however. Presence won't catch your dog from digging a hole in the back yard, much less a burglar breaking in the back door. But for a little piece of mind while you're on holidays, a nanny cam is an understandable expenditure.
One thing that will definitely keep you safe? The Presence's motion-sensitive night light. At the very least, you won't trip on the garden hose after a long day of work.
The Presence is slated for release in the third quarter of 2016, so it won't be there to lord over your home during your winter holiday this year.
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