Netatmo, a company focussing on the development of consumer electronics for the connected lifestyle, announces today that Welcome, the first smart home camera featuring ‘revolutionary’ face recognition technology, is now available at a retail price of £199.
Welcome sends the names of the people it recognises to the user’s smartphone. The face recognition technology puts names to the faces it sees. It also notifies the user when it detects an unknown face.
Welcome won four 2015 CES Innovations Awards in the following categories: “Smart Home,” “Home Appliances,” “Digital Imaging” and “Tech for a Better World”.
Welcome’s face recognition technology is a breakthrough in the smart home camera market. Welcome refers to people by their name and notifies the user when a stranger’s face appears. Welcome allows the user to know who walks through the door. When children return home from school, parents are informed with smart notifications.
The camera reassures people that care for an elderly parent, have kids, summer homes and the like. Furthermore, this Wi-Fi-connected camera offers users peace of mind while they travel or are away.
“Since Netatmo launched Welcome at the 2015 CES, the smart home market has been buzzing. We’ve received great feedback on our revolutionary face recognition technology and have been working hard to make today’s smart homes even smarter. Now that Welcome is available, consumers have the ability to know exactly who enters their home and when. Welcome brings peace of mind to your home,” Fred Potter, Founder and CEO of Netatmo comments.
Welcome comes with all features included: smart notifications, video recording, video storage as well as timeline of events. There’s no contract, no fee, and no subscription required to use any of Welcome’s features. The full App use is entirely free. The product purchase price covers everything.
Welcome was conceived with the greatest respect for privacy, providing reassurance without surveillance. Privacy settings are fully customisable. For each family member, the user decides whether or not Welcome should send notifications or record footage. Recorded videos and identification data stay entirely private thanks to the camera’s storage, as they are not saved in the cloud. Furthermore, access to the camera from the user’s smartphone is secured by a bank-level encrypted connection to guarantee the highest level of protection.
Welcome’s setup is straightforward: the camera only has to be plugged in and paired to the free App, available with iPhones featuring iOS 8 and Android smartphones 4.3 and above.
The user can access the Welcome App from their smartphone, tablet or PC/Mac. The dashboard screen displays every person currently home. It plays a live stream video sharing what is happening at home. The timeline screen lists past events and people detected by the camera as well as allows to review past videos.
Welcome is a full HD camera and according to Netatmo, able to capturing clear images under any light conditions. Night vision is guaranteed thanks to Welcome’s powerful infrared LED and its field of view is an impressive 130 degrees.
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