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Entering the fast moving smart home camera market comes Yale with a pair of mid-range security monitors.
Yale Locks and Home Security
Yale may be a big name when it comes to locks and home security, but the company is stretching its wings into the smart home market. First up is a new range of new IP cameras, bringing 24/7 vision around home and valuables in the European market, for now.
They offer peace of mind by allowing you to view inside your home remotely from your smartphone or tablet.
The range includes a standard Home View model and a more flexible Home View Pan Tilt and Zoom edition Both offer 720p video quality, night vision mode out to eight meters and optional motion detection features to provide alerts.
You can watch what’s going on over WiFi or a mobile connection and can save images to your device for immediate access, which also means if a thief swipes the camera, you will have some evidence.
There’s also two-way audio for a chat or to provide warnings. The kits are easy to set up and ready to use in minutes using the quick start guide and there is has no monthly fee, as a video is saved to an SD card or optionally backed
up to Dropbox.
Subscription Free Yale
The new models do away with the need for monthly subscriptions, saving footage to SD card and can be watched with dedicated Android and iOS apps. Or, they can connect wirelessly to a Dropbox folder or a Yale Hybrid DVR as part of a wider CCTV and recording system.
Hopefully, there’s a new app for these devices, as the current ones from Yale get pretty bad reviews on the iOS store for being poorly designed, with bad interfaces and weak functionality.
Any product maker needs to ensure that its apps are well designed and supported, as these are a vital part of the experience and not just an afterthought once the physical product is built.
The Home View model is bulbous, with a stalk base, while the Pan model looks like a chubby owl, rotating away to keep an eye on your home. Both need mains power to operate, so can’t be located with total freedom, but they look pretty innocuous in white with black trim.
Sacrificing full HD quality may not be too bad, depending on the overall image quality and the price, both of which we are waiting to get hold of. You’ll need an SD card up to 32GB for local storage, so remember to factor that into the
If they come to the US, we’ll get a review up shortly for these and we’ll find out how good they really are, but for now, add them to the list of your smart home security camera choices.
Patrick Sinclair is a geek; make no mistake about that. He runs All Home Robotics in his spare time so he doesn’t have to think about his depressing cubicle and it gives him an excuse to buy expensive gadgets to review!