abode systems, a provider of DIY smart home security, announced that abode Outdoor/Indoor Smart Camera, a versatile video camera developed in direct response to demand for robust indoor/outdoor and front door video protection. Modular by design, the new abode camera can be used indoors and outdoors and can be deployed using a number of included mounts to optimise installation flexibility and provide intelligent video coverage wherever customers need it most. Standalone video camera solution A first for abode, the Outdoor/Indoor Smart Camera can be used as a reliable standalone video camera solution or seamlessly integrated with all existing abode security systems. In either case, the camera provides valuable insight into what is happening inside and/or outside the home and has been designed to help deter crime including porch piracy, effectively communicate with couriers and other visitors, and provide a medium for visual verification when allowing or denying access to a home or residence. The camera provides insight into what is happening inside or outside the home and is designed to help deter crime With advanced computer vision capabilities built-in, abode customers can opt-in to have their Outdoor/Indoor Smart Camera understand when an authorised user is approaching or inside the residence vs. an unauthorised user, stranger, or intruder. This functionality is at the sole discretion of the user and can be toggled on or off at any time to manage a personalised database of known and unknown users. Advanced automation engine When integrated with an abode system, users can leverage CUE, abode’s advanced automation engine, to define and trigger smart home and security scenes using information provided by the abode Smart Outdoor/Indoor Camera including the advanced computer vision capabilities. Engineered into a compact package roughly half the size of a deck of playing cards, the new video camera features a PIR motion sensor to identify when someone is approaching, an IR LED for low-light vision, a built-in microphone and speaker for two-way communication, a light sensor, and a wide-angle lens capable of providing 1920 x 1080p video across a 152° field of view. To withstand the elements, the abode Outdoor/Indoor Smart Camera features an IP65 weather-resistance rating and can withstand a wide variation of outdoor temperatures. Traditional doorbell solution abode’s newest video solution can be installed in a variety of ways, giving consumers the freedom and flexibility to ensure they have robust video coverage of their home wherever they desire. The included doorbell mount allows the camera to be powered by existing doorbell leads and installed flush against the door or, a corded attachment can be used to mount the camera outdoors and be powered by a standard outlet. Indoor/outdoor camera fills the gap within the portfolio of robust smart home security offerings" The abode Outdoor/Indoor Smart Camera can be installed in either fashion and, abode will be releasing an additional form factor with a doorbell button built-in to provide users the option of a traditional doorbell solution. “Doorbell and external video cameras have become quintessential to surveilling and protecting the exterior of your home but they should not require a security expert to setup,” said Chris Carney, CEO and founder of abode. Live video stream “Our new indoor/outdoor camera is the final piece of the abode puzzle and fills the gap within our portfolio of robust smart home security offerings. We’ve always strived to put the power back into the hands of the user when it comes to monitoring and managing their home security needs and with these new solutions, which can be used on their own or integrated into our existing security systems for enhanced functionality, users have even more choice when it comes to creating a secure home on their terms.” To provide users with increased functionality, the abode Outdoor/Indoor Smart Camera has been submitted for Apple HomeKit Certification and will also feature Alexa Video support to view a live video stream from an Echo Show device and Google Video support. The abode Outdoor/Indoor Smart Camera will be available starting in Q1 2020 with an expected MSRP of $199. Additional video services abode video plans including event look back and additional video services will be available at launch. Shown for the first time at CES 2020, abode will demo capabilities of the new camera at Pepcom Digital Experience on January 6, 2020 and showcase the Outdoor/Indoor Smart Camera in booth #40724 during CES 2020 in the Sands.
abode systems, a provider of do-it-yourself smart home security, announces a strategic investment from Nice S.p.A., a global home and building automation company based in Oderzo, Italy. Through the transaction, which was public as of Friday, April 13 and reported to the Italian stock exchange, Nice will acquire 75% of abode systems with the remaining stock held by abode founders. Abode was originally founded in 2014 by former ADT executive Christopher Carney and launched on Kickstarter in 2015. The home security startup combined professional-grade security with desirable and popular smart home features and a powerful home automation engine to create what is now a well-developed smart home security space. The Nice investment allows abode to expand to meet current demands, continue to innovate and deliver new functionality to the platform Flexible and robust home security solution To date, abode has raised $2 million through crowdfunding and a seed funding round and has grown to over 15,000 users largely through organic reach and word of mouth. The Nice investment allows abode to expand to meet current demands, continue to innovate and deliver new functionality to the platform and new form factors and compete in a crowded market. “abode was an early leader in the now well-defined do-it-yourself smart home security space and we’ve worked relentlessly with a grassroots approach to build a product that was simple, flexible, robust and always worked to keep our customers’ homes safe,” commented Christopher Carney, CEO and Co-Founder of abode. “The Nice group sees abode as an opportunity to leverage what we’ve built to grow their brands in North America and to allow us to expand and remain competitive as well as pursue global markets. We appreciate Nice’s focus on design and user experience and look forward to joining forces with them to continue to innovate to make abode the most sought-after choice for smart home security in the market.” It is a strategic operation for the Group which will allow us to expand on our product range to include the Home Security sector for installers and end users" Expanding home security and automation In a prepared statement, Lauro Buoro, founder and Chairman of Nice S.p.A. said: “It is a strategic operation for the Group which will allow us to expand on our product range to include the Home Security sector for installers and end users, thereby strengthening Nice’s leadership position in USA and North America, a market that is enjoying growing demand for connected Home & Building Automation and Home Security solutions. “This partnership represents important leverage in the direct dialogue of Nice with its end user yet safeguarding the Business to Business distribution channels and services offered to professionals; it also offers up innovative opportunities of integration between various platforms and extraordinary, highly profitable cross-selling options with potential partners in the insurance sector, as well as the range of additional subscription services. Planning to launch iota gateway “25 years after Nice was founded, this is another step forward in the international growth process, in the portfolio of products and services offered by our group, characterised by a strong focus on digitalisation, to become the point of reference in the supply of cutting-edge solutions on a global scale, in the home security and Smart Home industry.” Abode plans to continue to work hard on its product roadmap, including the summer release of iota, their next generation gateway with built-in HD camera and HomeKit compatibility previously introduced at CES 2018.