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The HomeKit-Enabled Smoke Detector

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First Alert presents the first HomeKit-enabled smoke alarm-- the Onelink Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm, a Nest Protect-style device featuring iDevice integration.

Homekit alarmHomeKit capability allows users to control the smoke detector via Siri, with voice commands such as dimming the night light or checking for smoke or carbon monoxide alerts. A companion app tests the viability of the smoke detector, notifies users of alarms and silences accidentally set off alarms.

The app also toggles the built-in nightlight on and off, and guides users to problems with voice alerts.

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Channel Vision Intros 9-Channel NVR

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The Channel Vision NVR-09N is a 9-channel network video recorder (NVR) providing users with focused control, reliable video recording and integration with existing systems.

9 Channel NVRIt allows users to scan recordings for specific times, dates, events, objects, motion or activity, with watchdog monitoring ensuring the device restarts and continues recording in case of error.

ONVIF protocol and SDDP format support allowing the NVR to automatically locate and add IP networks to the network. It supports up to 5MP cameras for each channel and the HDMI interface, as well as RTSP stream input for the use of 3rd party cameras.

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The Logi Circle Dropcam-Alike

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Logitech announces the Logi Circle-- a Dropcam-style home monitoring camera and companion app combo customers can unplug to stream video from anywhere in the house for up to 3 hours.

Logi CircleA second product in the Logi line (after a set of iPad cases), the Circle is a small round camera the size of a tennis ball. It streams 720p video to the companion iOS/Android mobile device app, as well as 2-way audio feature (allows users to both listen and speak through the camera) and motion detection complete with app push notifications.

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Schlage Presents HomeKit-Enabled Deadbolt

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Schlage announces the Sense Smart Deadbolt-- a Bluetooth-enabled door lock featuring built-in end-to-end encryption and Apple HomeKit compatibility, allowing users to open doors via iDevices and Siri voice control.

Schlage Sens Users can manage and schedule up to 30 deadbolt access codes via companion app. The app handles code creation and deletion, lock status, activity viewing, setting updates and battery life checking, all without need for connection to a home automation system or monthly subscription charges.

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Panasonic and Allianz Team Up in Security

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Panasonic and Allianz Worldwide Partnership combine smart home and assistance services expertise in an integrated security solution protecting against break-ins, glass/window breakage and water leaks.

Panasonic AllianzDubbed "Panasonic Smart Home & Allianz Assist," the service connects Panasonic Smart Home monitoring and control systems with Allianz home protection services. In event of incident (motion detection, glass breakage, water leakage) the Panasonic system sends a sensor alert to customer mobile devices, activates the indoor siren and notifies the Allianz Global Assistance (AGA) service centre.

In turn the service centre informs designated person(s) and manages the limitation of home damage by sending a craftsman to the property or alerting security services in case of burglary. A locksmith service is also included.

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Smanos Debuts Wifi Alarm System, Camera

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Security vendor Smanos announces the European availability of the W020 Wifi Alarm System and the IP6 HD Wifi Camera, a pair of devices first announced back at CeBIT 2015 in Hannover, Germany.

Smanos securityThe W020 is a next generation wireless security hub. It connects to a wide array of wireless sensors and accessories, including door/window contacts, PIR motion sensors, security cameras, and flood, gas and smoke detectors, making it deal for consumer and SMB customers.

It not only alerts others to intrusions or environmental anomalies but also sends push notifications to mobile devices. Setup is simple, since one only needs to plug in the power, download the free iOS or Android app, set up wifi with Smart Link and pair wireless sensors or accessories.

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August Lock Control Via Apple Watch

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Smartwatch ControlFront door control reaches the wrists as the August Smart Lock gets Apple Watch support via iOS app update, allowing users to lock and unlock the devices with "just a swipe and a tap."

The Apple Watch app is more or less identical to its iPhone sibling. As well as locking and unlocking it also provides a recent activity log and real time notifications whenever the door is unlocked.

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