Posted on October 21, 2016 at 6:08 pm by Joe Kang / Blog, IoT | Connected Device | Smart Home, Security Camera / 2 Comments
Smart Home devices are quickly captivating the market in the tech industry. With the release of Amazon Echo and the announcement of Google Home, we can see that the integration of Smart Home products is going to be the next “Big Thing”.
Just as how mobile apps revolutionized the way we travel, connect, and go about our life, Smart Home devices will change how we live in our homes. In fact, experts believe that by the end of 2022, an individual home will have roughly 500 smart devices. On top of that, 61% of the Smart Home Revenue came from Security Cameras in 2015. So the question becomes: why is security camera the most popular Smart Home device?
Smart Home Security Camera
First off, people are looking towards Smart Home Security Cameras because they’re a whole lot cheaper. There are a variety of security system companies out there, such as ADT and Simplisafe; however, you would be spending $30-$50 a month including the $350 Installation fees. Why not just purchase a $199 Smart Home Security Camera without all the installation costs?
Protect your family
You’re in your bedroom about to go to sleep. Your phone starts to receive push notification because it detected motion near your front door. You go to your app, turn on your siren and call the police. You’ve just protected your loved one with a touch of a button.
The neat thing about a Smart Home Security Camera is that it allows you to protect your home through your phone. Whether you’re out of the house, at work, or on vacation, all of your monitoring can be done through your mobile device.
Monitor your family members
Smart Home security cameras do not only serve as a deterrent to burglars, but they can also serve as a monitoring camera for your loved ones. Let us say you want to check up on your kids while you are at work, or maybe you want to set it up as a nanny cam for your newborn child. The monitoring system lets you use the camera for multi-purposes.
Connect with other devices
The beauty of Smart Home security cameras doesn’t only come from being able to monitor your home, but that you can also connect with other devices. Imagine this– what if you forgot to turn off the AC or lights when you left the house? You could use your Smart Home security camera’s home automation capability to turn those devices off and save money on your electricity bill. There’s a reason why your camera is called “smart”.
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Fall is a beautiful time in the year where the weather starts to get colder, the leaves start to change color, the days get a little darker, and you can finally bring out your favorite seasonal scarves. However, Fall can be a very dangerous time for household break-ins, as it is one of the seasons when a burglary would most likely occur. Here are some tips that you can use to make sure that your family does not become a victim of a burglary during the Fall.
1. Less daylight, so keep your home lit
The time frame when burglaries occur the most is from 10am to 3pm, when most of us are at work or at school. With the daylight shortening, your home will be less illuminated when you’re still working your 9 to 5; therefore, try to light up your house as much as possible during the afternoon. Install some motion sensing exterior lights or buy a home security camera that could turn on your indoor lights using its home automation feature so you don’t have to be at home to flip the switch. Don’t give the burglars the opportunity to roam around your neighborhood in the dark.
2. Keep your yard clean
During this time of the year, your yards are probably filled with leaves, dead branches, rakes, and compost bins that are overflowing. It can be a pain keeping up with your Fall cleaning; however, a dirty yard is like luring a burglar to your home. When a burglar sees a house that is not groomed, some of them will assume that the house has been vacant because of a family vacation. Some burglars may target a house with a dirty yard because there are more places to hide and it is less noticeable on the street. Make sure you are grooming your yard; you don’t want them to take advantage of a messy yard.
3. Less people outside, so install an outdoor monitoring system
In the Summer, you will probably see more people walking their dogs, cutting their grass, or washing their cars. However, with the weather getting colder and the days getting shorter, fewer people will be inclined to go outside. Usually, wandering eyes were a deterrent for burglars, but with fewer people outside, you will want to install some type of outdoor monitoring system. Get an outdoor security camera or wireless video doorbell; just make sure that you have a second pair of eyes in your front yard.
4. Watch what you post on Social Media
One of the great joys of social media is that we can tell the world what we are doing at any moment. However, over publicizing what we do can be very dangerous, as we do not know who could be reading them. Remember not to post that you are out of the house or how long you will be gone for, especially with Halloween and Thanksgiving coming around. A burglar could follow your updates and potentially target your home next.
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If you have a RemoCam and you caught some interesting footage, remember to send it to us at email@example.com. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and give us a shoutout
If you’re like me, you’ve probably heard a billion home security tips on the internet. Some probably made sense and some probably made you scratch your head, but you are probably willing to try anything to keep your family safe — right? Just like most home fitness videos, some tips are overexaggerated and some tips just do not work. There are a lot of security tips out there, and you can best believe that the burglars have been hearing them as well. So, let me debunk some of the more popular security myths we hear so often.
Security Myths Debunked
Turning the lights on inside the house
Keeping the indoor lights on is one of the most popular and simple homes security tip that we’ve heard floating around. I mean, it does make sense– burglars would try to avoid any homes with people inside; however,keeping the lights on inside your house isn’t enough to scare them away. They may sniff out a bluff since it is a common home safety tip that floats around. According to a survey conducted with burglars, the least effective deterrent is leaving the indoors lights on.
Putting up a Decal & Beware of Dog Signs
Sometimes we think that putting a warning sign is all you need to scare away burglars. However, just like how people do not listen to the “do not touch sign” at a museum, security system decals and “beware of dog” signs are not enough to keep burglars away. Actually, in a Reddit Forum with burglars, one Reddtior said that those “signs” are “completely worthless”.
It’s better to have a small hidden camera than a large security camera
Having a small hidden camera is great for capturing footage of someone in the act of a robbery without having them notice that they were caught; however, that is if you want to catch them in the act, rather than stopping them from committing the act. Catching footage of the burglar alone is not enough to protect your property. In fact, police officers only clear 13% of all reported burglaries due to lack of witnesses or physical evidence. You would want a visible home security camera with sirens and motion detectors that will send a clear message to burglars to stay away from your property.
Burglars break in while we are sleeping
If you read the previous blog about “invitation for burglars”, then you know that they don’t only strike at night when everyone is asleep. In fact, they are more active during the day, when everyone is at work or at school. So, when you plan for security measures at your home, make sure to take extra security precaution during the daytime.
All Burglars are males, wear black ski masks, and drive in white vans.
Now, another way the media portrays burglars are males in all black with ski masks,driving in a white van. Again, contrary to popular belief, burglars do not go outside looking suspiciously. Most of them wear everyday clothes to draw as little attention as possible. In college towns, some burglars knock on college houses dressed as an exterminator to scout for valuables and strike when the students go back home for vacation. So, always keep your eyes open and on guard; you never know who may be targeting your home.
Bigger dogs are always better
Bigger is not always better. How loud the dog is is more important than how big the dog is. If you have a small chihuahua inside the house or a big german shepherd in the backyard, make sure that they make a lot of noise. Burglars are not scared of ferocious looking dogs per se, but they are scared of having dogs draw too much attention to themselves.
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Posted on September 9, 2016 at 4:32 pm by Olive & Dove / Blog, IoT | Connected Device | Smart Home / 0
Smart Home has become a growing topic for innovation in the tech world. The concept that you can connect home devices with one another is flat out exciting. Think about it– what if you could unlock the front door through your phone when you forget your keys or automatically turn on all of your security systems when you lock your doors? Smart Home will provide families with such control and comfort that it will revolutionize how we live in our homes in the future.
Well — just as how we prefer sliced bread over a loaf of bread, Smart Home provides that “convenience”. We’ve come to a world where people are connected with people through the internet, whether you’re on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. You don’t even have to ask around town to see how your high school sweetheart is doing– just go on Facebook.
In the same convenient fashion, the internet has allowed “things” to connect with other “things”. Smart Home devices will let you connect to your home appliances so that you can control it with a press of a button. There are Smart Home light bulbs that let you turn off the kitchen light from your bedroom or Wireless Video DoorBell that lets you see who is at the door from your phone? If they thought TV remotes made life too comfortable, Smart Home is going to give them a run for their money
Smart Home not only provides comfort and convenience but also security. You don’t have to install expensive security systems anymore. Connect all of your Home security cameras to your phone and other Smart Home devices.
Turn off the lights with your security camera or activate your motion sensor when you lock your Smart Home door lock. A lot of Smart Home security cameras come with motion sensors, two-way communications, and sirens, so you will have the necessary tools to keep your loved ones safe.
Smart Homes are now turning into Smart Cities, and sooner or later, we will be having a Smart Earth. The tech trend is going into the IoT direction, and we can look forward to other great things the future will offer.
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Let us know by commenting below of what you think will be the most popular smart home device. Check out our other blogs, and learn more about RemoCam. If you have any cool videos you captured with your RemoCam, make sure to send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn, and remember to give us a shout out!
Posted on September 7, 2016 at 6:27 pm by Olive & Dove / Blog, IoT | Connected Device | Smart Home, Remocam News / 0
One of the perks of having a RemoCam is the Cloud Subscription plan. When you turn on your motion detector, your RemoCam captures footages of any activity that it senses. The Cloud stores those videos so that you can access them on our RemoCam app. RemoCam’s Cloud plan is also the most accessible and affordable plan on the market.
You may have some questions regarding the Cloud Subscription, so here are some common Q&As:
1. What are some Cloud plan options?
You can find details on the Cloud subscription plan page.
2. Can I browse my Cloud videos on the RemoCam website?
No, the videos stored on your Cloud can only be played on the RemoCam app on your smartphone.
3. How many videos is 3GB?
About 1,000 videos can be stored with 3GB storage size. However, any videos past 3 days will be automatically deleted even if you have less than 3GB of videos.
4. Can I record 24/7?
No. We do not offer continuous recordings; however, RemoCam will record 20-second motion videos each time it detects motion. So if there’s 1 minute of motion (60 seconds) then you will have 3 20-second videos in your Cloud.
5. Is a Cloud plan for all my cameras or is it per camera?
Each plan is per camera. You will need to purchase Cloud plan for each of your cameras.
6. What videos are stored in the Cloud?
Only motion sensor videos are stored in the Cloud.
7. Can I store on the Cloud and SD card?
No, you can store on either the Cloud or the SD card.
8. How do I pay for my Cloud plan?
You can subscribe and pay on our website. You will be able to start purchasing on Sept 15th, 2016. Payments can be made monthly or yearly, all payments are autopayments. This means that if you sign up for a monthly plan, you’ll automatically be charged each month.
9. What happens when my 30-day free trial ends?
All your videos will be automatically deleted. You will need to purchase a Cloud plan in order to save the videos.
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Posted on August 31, 2016 at 4:27 pm by Olive & Dove / IoT | Connected Device | Smart Home, Security Camera / 0
Did you know that a burglary is estimated to occur once every 18.2 seconds? Every household wants to ensure that their homes are safe and secure, but when hear that you have a 5 in 1000 chance of being robbed, you could feel a little uneasy. Well, feel assured that there are ways to protect your homes from home invasion.
Installing Motion Sensing Outdoor Lights
One way to protect your home is by keeping some of the exterior lights on when you are away from the house or asleep at night. If a Burglar is targeting a home in the dark, they would like to choose the one that doesn’t luminate the house they are trying to break into . Also, if you install exterior lights, neighbors will be able to see the home invader and call for help
Securing the front door
The most common entrance point for a burglar is the front door. However, there are additional measures you can take to fortify this entry way. You can install deadbolts or add additional locks to prevent burglars from getting in through force. You can also install a wireless video doorbell to notify your smartphone when a burglar is at your front door or capture a footage of what the burglar looks like.
Befriend a Neighbor
Besides locking the doors and closing the windows, there are additional things you can do to secure your home better. You can have a neighbor lookout for your house. In fact, 45% percent of Burglars who took a research survey stated that one of the most effective deterrent of home invasion are seeing neighbors. One thing home invaders try to avoid is too much attention, so if you have vigilante neighbor lookout for your home, it can deter away a lot of burglars.
Get a Dog
There is a reason why these companions are man’s best friend. They play with us, they are loyal to us, and they protect us. Dogs can be effective in protecting our homes as 50% of burglars have stated that they deter away from a house with a dog present.
Have surveillance in your home
Most home invasions occur during the daytime when we are at work or at school. Therefore, it is important that you have some sort of surveillance system to protect your home. You can install a home security system or outdoor motions sensors. If you do not have the budget for that, you can also purchase a smart home security camera with motion sensors that will notify you through your smartphone.
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Posted on August 25, 2016 at 9:06 pm by Olive & Dove / IoT | Connected Device | Smart Home, Security Camera / 0
While designing RemoCam, we recognized that the ability to turn our cameras was essential for home monitoring. With the growing surplus of Smart Home Security Cameras in the Smart Home market, we interestingly found that most cameras had a fixed view. Therefore, we made sure our RemoCam had the functionality to pan 335˚ and Tilt 95˚.
We believe that users need to be able to look at all of their blind spots in order to monitor their homes effectively. Let us look into some of the benefits of our pan & tilt feature.
Pan & Tilt
When you monitor through your RemoCam, there are arrows on your screen that allows you to turn your camera to the direction you want it to face. You can have your home video security camera monitor your front door or you could turn it to face the backyard. You could even have your camera face the ceiling. The freedom to turn your camera is at the touch of your fingertips.
The pan & tilt feature in our RemoCam also works with our home automation feature. When you connect your RemoCam to a remote controlled device, your camera will automatically face that appliance when you go to the remote function in your app. You can also choose to manually turn your camera to your IR connected devices. Check out our blog about home automation in our home video security camera.
The ability to look at nearly all of your blind spots is the true benefit of the pan and tilt function. Why not place your RemoCam in the middle of the house, to look at all of the corners of the room. Or how about mounting your RemoCam on the ceiling, to get an aerial sight, Wherever you place your camera, you will be able to monitor your whole house in a broader view.
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There are so many videos we capture on our RemoCam. Send us some footage you caught with your pan and tilt feature to email@example.com. If you want to learn more about our home security camera, check out our product page. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twittter, Linkedin, and Instagram, and give us a little shout out
Posted on July 8, 2016 at 12:08 am by Olive & Dove / Fun and random, IoT | Connected Device | Smart Home / 0
Meet our little friend, Remy. He is our home security camera buddy with a quirky personality. Although we get busy in our office, Remy always brighten the mood and tries to have fun with the RemoCam family. Remy will be following all the adventures and journeys we will be going on. Hopefully he doesn’t get too carried away with posting on social media. We adore him and we know you will love him too!
Here are 6 reasons why you will love Remy:
Remy is free spirited and loves to explore. He hopes to go to Germany and Vegas one day!
He can a little get nosey though. (He’s always watching you while you work)
Remy’s favorite color is green
His favorite food is skittles. (who doesn’t love Skittles)
Although he is a smart security camera, he has a very low attention span.
But at the end of the day, he is our favorite little office buddy!