New $150 Wi-Fi Video Camera Provides Simple Solution for Home Security
Samsung Techwin America, a leader in consumer video monitoring and security products, has made home security even more accessible with the introduction of its Wi-Fi IP SmartCam™. With the ability to wirelessly connect to a home network, the camera gives homeowners the ability to place the device in any room and monitor activity remotely through their computer, smartphones or other mobile devices.
Boasting unmatched ease-of-use, the Samsung SmartCam simplifies the process of pairing up a wireless device to a home network. Requiring no manual configuration by the consumer, the Samsung SmartCam takes what was once a cumbersome and confusing setup and boils it down to just the push of a button. Users simply locate the WPS button on the device and their home router, and with a click of each, the two will automatically sync and the camera will be added to the network in less than 30 seconds.
"Up until now, home security and surveillance solutions have been intimidating, especially for the average homeowner," said Mike Palazzolo, vice president of sales and marketing for consumer video monitoring and security products, Samsung Techwin America. "With our new IP SmartCam, we've taken simplicity to a whole new level and are offering consumers a hassle-free way to remotely keep an eye on their home, from anywhere in the world, all without having to be tech-savvy."
Once connected to the home network, users simply create an account on SamsungSmartCam.com where they can then register their camera and view real-time footage from the device. No installation of software is required. Users can customize and label their cameras on their network with no limit to the amount that can be registered to an account. In addition, for those always on-the-go, free apps will be made available for Android and iOS platforms, allowing users to keep an eye on what's going on at home no matter where they may be.
Unlike traditional IP cameras which host video on a remote video server, the Samsung SmartCam leverages peer-to-peer technology for an enhanced experience. With peer‑to‑peer technology, Samsung makes a one-time verification - or handshake - between the SmartCam and the device that will be used to view the footage. Once that connection is made, the SmartCam is then able to stream directly to the consumer's computer or mobile device without having to go through a remote video server that could experience significant delays with increased use.
Sleek and slim, the Samsung SmartCam can be placed nearly anywhere and also comes with a swiveling bracket which will allow it to be mounted to a wall and adjusted to ensure the user gets the shot required. The camera offers high-resolution video recording (640x480 / 30fps / H.264) and can even record events in the dark through the use of non-visible infrared LEDs (up to 15 feet).
With an embedded mic and speakers, the Samsung SmartCam is also capable of two‑way talk and can be configured to automatically record video (640x480 / 30fps / H.264) when motion or sound is detected. That footage will automatically be uploaded to a secure YouTube account and users will be notified of the event via real‑time push notification. A highly valuable feature, this automatic notification technology brings safety to the forefront as it will allow homeowners to instantly respond to any unexpected events, such as a criminal break in, while offering secure footage that can be shared and reviewed.
The Samsung SmartCam will be available March 2012 and retail for $149.00.