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Swann Smartens Up Its Home Security

Swann is getting a little smarter about home security.

The company, which entered the home-automation market last year, took the wraps off its new Smart-Series earlier this month. The system comes with four weather-resistant 1080p wired cameras with 80-degree viewing angles and night vision up to 100 feet. It can connect wirelessly with included window/door alarm sensors, notifying homeowners on their smartphones or tablets if movement is detected, and includes a separate outdoor siren that can sound and flash lights.

A built-in, eight-channel 1TB hard drive stores video for about 80 days, and video can be viewed on mobile devices via the free Android and iOS app.

Additional sensors can be purchased for $25 on the Swann website.

The Smart-Series can also connect with more than 100 third-party smart-home devices, including those from Kwikset, Yale, Philips Hue Lighting, Samsung SmartThings and Nest, among others. A company spokeswoman told TWICE it is in talks with Amazon for Alexa integration.

It becomes available in Best Buy today for a $500 suggested retail. In addition to the cameras, sensors, alarm and hard drive, the Smart-Series comes with a key fob remote control, power adapter and splitter, mouse, and theft-deterrent stickers. Swann also offers a private home-monitoring service with monthly, weekly and even two-day subscriptions.