TWICE saw a lot of innovations at CES 2020, and we were particularly impressed with abode’s announcement of the abode Outdoor/Indoor Smart Camera, a versatile video camera developed in direct response to demand for robust indoor/outdoor and front door video protection.
This modular DIY smart home security camera can be installed in a variety of ways, both indoors and outdoors, and can be deployed using a number of included mounts to optimize installation flexibility and provide intelligent video coverage wherever you need it most. The included doorbell mount allows the camera to be powered by existing doorbell leads and installed flush against the door or, a corded attachment can be used to mount the camera outdoors and be powered by a standard outlet. abode will be releasing an additional form factor with a doorbell button built-in to provide users the option of a traditional doorbell solution.
“Doorbell and external video cameras have become quintessential to surveilling and protecting the exterior of your home but they should not require a security expert to setup,” said Chris Carney, CEO and founder of abode in a statement. “Our new indoor/outdoor camera is the final piece of the abode puzzle and fills the gap within our portfolio of robust smart home security offerings.
As we handled the camera and its display mounts at abode’s booth, we were impressed with the durable material and how abode has DIY owners in mind, particularly how owners can expand their home security system without a huge initial investment. The camera itself is quite compact, and features a PIR motion sensor that identifies when someone is approaching as well as an IR LED, light sensor, a wide-angle lens capable of providing 1920 x 1080p video across a 152° field of view and built-in microphone and speaker for two-way communication.
“We’ve always strived to put the power back into the hands of the user when it comes to monitoring and managing their home security needs,” Carney added, “and with these new solutions, which can be used on their own or integrated into our existing security systems for enhanced functionality, users have even more choice when it comes to creating a secure home on their terms.”
Amping up their recognition system as well, the Outdoor/Indoor Smart Camera can recognize when an authorized user is approaching or inside the residence vs. an unauthorized user, stranger, or intruder. Additionally, abode integration users can use CUE, abode’s advanced automation engine, to define and trigger smart home and security scenes using information provided by the abode Smart Outdoor/Indoor Camera including the advanced computer vision capabilities.
The abode Outdoor/Indoor Smart Camera has been submitted for Apple HomeKit Certification and will also feature Alexa Video support to view a live video stream from an Echo Show device and Google Video support. abode offers out-of-the-box support for virtually any smart home device on the market including HomeKit, Nest, Amazon Echo, the Google Assistant, ZigBee and Z-Wave.
The abode Outdoor/Indoor Smart Camera will be available starting in Q1 2020 with an expected MSRP of $199. abode video plans, including event look back and additional video services, will be available at launch.
For more information on the abode Outdoor/Indoor Smart Camera, visit www.goabode.com/security-devices/security-cameras/outdoor-indoor-smart-camera
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