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Icontrol Adds Second Home-Automation Camera/Hub

Ottawa, Ontario — Icontrol Networks is expanding its home-automation lineup with a second home-automation hub incorporating integrated Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n security camera.

The $269 Piper nv adds such enhancements as night vision and twice the resolution compared to the $199 Piper, which remains in the line.

Icontrol’s Piper-brand hub/cameras are controlled via Wi-Fi from Android and iOS apps and incorporate wireless Z-Wave to monitor and control such Z-Wave devices as door/window sensors and smart power outlets.

Both models are available at the company’s web stores, where it also offers packages of security-camera hubs and Z-Wave devices. Piper’s original security camera/hub is also available with and without packaged Z-Wave devices on the Home Automation Store and through other channels. Piper is looking to sell both models through additional channels.

The new hub/camera features night vision with what is said to be the widest field of view available in night vision cameras at 180 degrees. Night vision kicks in as soon as the room starts getting dark. The camera-sensor resolution doubles to 3.4 megapixels.

Features carried over from the original Piper include motion detector, environment sensors (temperature, humidity, ambient light, and sound), 105dB siren, and ability to send alerts via phone call, text message, email, and push notifications to users and other authorized people.

Both hub/cameras also feature 1080p camera with 180 fisheye lens and electronic pan, tilt, and zoom. The hubs also enable two-way talk via a microphone and speaker

Up to five Pipers can be used within a home.

A bedside mode features panic button to manually turn on the siren in case of an emergency.

Although Piper is Icontrol’s retail-distribution brand, Icontrol also offers a smart-home and security platform on an OEM basis to such service providers as ADT and Time Warner Cable. Icontrol last year also began selling its platform through startup Smart Home Ventures, which sells to consumers through its own web site, and select Best Buy locations.