LIVERMORE, CA – June 15, 2017 – Olive & Dove Inc., who brought you RemoCam® and RemoBell®, has announced a new addition to their smart home security product line – DoorCamTM. The world’s first wireless, over-the-door smart security camera is powered by 4 D-type batteries, so you can simply place it over your door and not worry about power for up to 12 months.
Built for Accuracy
This Wi-Fi enabled camera sends an alert to your phone as someone is approaching the door. You can either view it live in 720P HD video quality and communicate with the visitor in full duplex audio (no walkie-talkie), or watch the event later.
DoorCamTM has a 130º field of view, and is equipped with a PIR sensor to distinguish human and animals from ruffling leaves. With its free mobile app, you can keep track of all activities happening on their entry way through timestamps and video recordings, and save any special moments captured by DoorCamTM.
Designed for Accessibility and Reliability
DoorCamTM ’s unique, over-the-door design offers several advantages over other smart outdoor cameras:
Tenants in condos, apartments, and homes who cannot install security systems due to concerns of damaging property and violating regulations can now monitor their units or exclusive rooms. With its adjustable bracket, DoorCamTM can fit any door and be self-installed in seconds by simply hanging the device on top of your door.
DoorCamTM is engineered to provide you with the most stable network connection compared to its counterparts. The antenna responsible for connecting to the router is placed inside the home, so that bricks or heavily insulated walls cannot interfere with the Wi-Fi connection.
DoorCamTM will be available early September for $199 on Amazon and at olivendove.com
About Olive & Dove
Olive & Dove builds smart home security products so that reliable security is more accessible and easy to use. The team is composed of pioneers of real-time MPEG encoding/decoding software technologies with decades of experience introducing state-of-the-art digital multimedia products. Olive & Dove is headquartered in Livermore, CA with offices in South Korea. For more information, visit www.olivendove.com.
It is amazing how many residents do not think about home security because they live in an apartment complex. Breaking into an empty apartment is almost as easy as breaking into a house. In fact, there have been cases where some “cunning” home intruders, who dressed up as police officers, broke into two apartments.
Just as how burglars target apartments different from single family houses, we also have to approach some home security measures differently. Here is a list of security tips you should use if you live in an apartment.
1. Avoid Ground-Floor Apartments
Selecting which floor you live in an apartment can determine how much more you have to worry about your home security.
Ground floor apartments are vulnerable for break-in because tenants will have to worry about both the front door and windows, while most higher floor apartments only need to worry about the front door. So, if you plan to live on the ground floor, just remember to take extra precautions.
2. Create a Security Pact with Neighbors
If you live in an apartment complex, befriending a neighbor is way more effective than if you lived in a neighborhood of 2-story houses; your neighbors are literally a door over.
40% of burglars have stated that the proximity of neighbors is an effective deterrent. Create a pact with your neighbors and look out for each others’ homes.
3. Ask the Landlord A LOT of Questions
It is always smart to befriend your landlord and ask them any questions regarding the apartment security and any past incidences of break-ins. You want to know what extra security measures you need to take in order to ensure your apartment is safe.
Another question to ask your landlord is whether your door locks have been changed from the previous tenants. Sometimes landlords forget, so always keep your landlord accountable.
4. Place a Security Camera Inside Your Home
It is no surprise why burglars find security cameras as the number one factor to consider when targeting a home. Home Security Cameras provide surveillance, alarms, and concrete evidence.
However, security systems can become very expensive, if you purchase from companies like ADT. But, if you want a cheaper alternative that captures the whole apartment for a cheaper price, get yourself a smart home security camera.
5. Buy Extra EXTRA DeadBolts
Most burglars want to be in and out of a home as quick as possible; they only try to spend 8 to 12 minutes per home. That is why, having extra deadbolts are crucial. Apartment spaces are small, so searching and grabbing jewelry is quick and easy.
All they would need to do is break down the door and just quickly go through the apartment, compared to a house that is a bit bigger and more area to cover. Also, 59.2% of burglaries occurred with some form of force, so have that extra fortification for your front door.
6. Peephole Alternative
The peephole has always been the ultimate front door monitoring tool; however, with its fish lens view, you cannot get a clear picture of everything outside your apartment. Hence comes the peephole alternative: a wireless video doorbell. These devices are taking over the smart home security market because it monitors the most important entryway for an apartment — the front door.
The issue with many video doorbells is that it requires some type of wire; however, if you are worried about that then think of investing on a RemoBell that only require batteries. Place it anywhere outside your home and still get that full monitoring experience.
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Posted on November 11, 2016 at 7:07 pm by Joe Kang / Blog, Fun and random, IoT | Connected Device | Smart Home / 0
What if I was to tell you that there was a time when people actually had to walk up to the TV to change the channel. If you are a millennial, you probably just fell off your chair. But, that is why remote controls are the greatest invention since sliced bread. To control a device… through a remote… without the need to get off your seat? Mind boggling!
Remote controls can seem like old news, but when you have a home security camera that can control any remote control device, then eyebrows start to raise up. Like this TV right here.
Before, remotes only came with TVs; however, we now see air conditioners, gaming systems, lights, and a lot of other home devices that come with remotes. Here is a list of remote controlled devices you must have in your home.
There are a lot of great TVs out there, but we personally found the LG 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV to be the winner. Not only does this super crisp 4K TV make it seem like you’re looking through a window, but there is a smart TV option that lets you connect to the internet and use services like Netflix or Youtube.
Follow me on this mind blowing LED Lamp Kit that comes with an IR remote control. These portable light bulbs can be taken anywhere, from the porch in your backyard to a camping ground. They are solar powered, but the cool thing is that these bulbs can turn on at the touch of — water. I know… What?
If you’re like me, your pet is your family and you want to make sure he/she is always fed. Why take out your big bag of pet food and go through the hassle of spilling everywhere each time you try to feed your pet. Just fill up an automatic pet feeder, and use your remote to feed your pet for you. No more spills. No more Hassles.
The Holidays are coming and the weather is getting a lot colder. If you are in a house that does not have a heater installed, or the heater is broken, this is an amazing alternative. It gives the option to choose how warm you want the heater and it has a 7 hour timer, just in case you want to sleep with the heater on. There is also a remote, so control everything with a press of a button
The purest of music comes from a Vinyl Record Player. You can hear everything from the instruments that’s playing to the acoustics in the room in which the music was recorded. However, we are in the 21st century, and now Vinyl has become digital. Record the authentic Vinyl sound, play your MP3 player if you wish, and use all these features through a remote.
If you’re home is like my home, either the AC is broken or it just cost a little too much. The Black+Decter is a portable AC that will keep your home cool before you can say air conditioner. There is also a timer in the AC so you can choose when to turn it on or you can just use your remote to control the device. Save money and keep cool
What you have to try after purchasing these devices is connecting them to your RemoCam through its home automation feature. Imagine — one camera controlling all these devices. It becomes its own home device control station.
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One of the most terrifying experience a family member can encounter is being in the house during a break-in. No family should ever feel in danger while they’re in their own home; however, we also can’t think that an occurrence like this will never happen to us.
It is also not uncommon to have a family member in the home during a break-in as there have been a million burglaries with a household member inside and another 266,560 burglaries where a household member was a victim. So, make sure that you follow these tips in case you and your family experience a home intrusion.
1. Have your Car Keys around
Your car key can be one of your best manual home alarm systems in your house. If you ever hear a burglar or home invader come inside your home, press your car alarm and the whole neighborhood will hear. Not only will it alert others, but the home intruders will run away from the scene.
Remember to bring your car keys to your room so that you have it handy with you.
2. Call the Authorities Right away
The first thing we all probably would do when we suspect a home intruder is to call the police. This should be everyone’s first instinctive decision. It is also important to remember that you want to tell the operator your situation in a quick manner.
Tell them what’s happening; where you are; and where you’re hiding. You want to be fast and as efficient as possible when you dial 9-1-1. After you call the police, make sure that you find a safe place to hide until the police arrive. Do not try to confront the intruders head on as they may become very aggressive.
3. Security Camera
Home security cameras have become the booming product in the smart home industry, and for good reasons too. These wireless security cameras can detect motion, capture footage of the intruder, call the police, and even turn on a siren.
In fact, if we look at burglaries, only 13% of cases are cleared because of lack of evidence. With this camera, it deter home intruders away from your house because of the risk that comes with a security camera.
4. Have a Self-Defense Weapon Near By
Whether it may be a baseball bat, a pepper spray, or a frying pan, try to keep a self-defense weapon near by you. Although you should avoid any type of violence at all cost, it is smart to keep yourself protected.
If you do not have experience with a weapon, do not confront your intruder; rather, find a safe room and hide there with your weapon until the police arrive.
5. If you have a gun
According to each state, there are different gun laws for how you could use your weapon. Make sure that you look into your State’s “Stand Your Ground” law and whether the “Castle Doctrine” applies in your State.
See whether you are able to use your gun when you are in danger, or in some states, whether you have to retreat first in order to pull out your weapon. Keep your gun stored and locked, and make sure that you identify the intruder before using your weapon. You do not want to mistakenly harm anyone else, like an officer or family member.
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If you are a renter at an apartment or a home, there are probably a million prayers that ran through your head: “please let me have normal neighbors? Please… no rats in the building? Please, let there be no leaks?” However, the one prayer that is at the top of your list is that the landlord is fair and not a creep.
Unfortunately, there will always be those who are dealt with the worst hand in an untimely manner. You never know what your landlord could be up to, especially when you are not home. Here are 7 horror stories of tenants with the worst landlord that we found in the Internet.
“My landlord asked if I was going home for Christmas and I said I was. Christmas sucked so I came back early and found my landlord and three of his buddies smoking cigarettes, drinking beer and playing poker in my living room.”
“At my first apartment, if I didn’t answer the door, my landlord would knock on my bedroom window. If I still didn’t answer, he’d open the window (they were really crappy old windows) and shout into it.”
“I had a landlord years ago that was sneaking into my apartment and hanging out while I was at work. I found beer cans in our garbage, our TV was on different channels, and my dresser drawers (mainly my underwear drawer) were open and had been gone through. Creepy. Whenever he came around to “fix” things, he would wear 12″ hunting knife on his belt.”
“The reason she was moving is because she caught the building manager sneaking into her apartment at night and watching her sleep. She had a feeling someone had been in her apartment, perhaps while she was there, so she set up a camera. Sure enough, she caught him on camera using his key to let himself in about 3am and then standing by her bed for about an hour watching her sleep.”
“It wasn’t uncommon to wake up and find [our landlord] in your room (all of the units were just one room) “inspecting” something. We’d find him asleep on the couch in the front hall and stuff and the people who lived in his buildings said he’d sometimes take baths in other people’s bathrooms.”
“I had no door to my room, and [my roommates/landlord] would have parties, and [they] wouldn’t bother to stop anyone going in there. Finally, I come home one weekend and some of my things are missing. Someone went into my room during one of their parties and stole my things.”
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Have you ever purchased something on Amazon or on E-bay before? Did you wait a full week for your purchase to arrive on your doorstep and did you rushed home to open your package?
The adrenaline rushing through your veins and the excitement boiling up; it’s all so exhilarating when you come home and tear up that well-sealed cardboard box. However, all of that joy can come crashing down when you find out that someone stole your package.
You’ve either experienced it before or had a friend who has, but these thieves who go to random people’s houses and steal their packages are called Porch Pirates. Porch Pirates are a common threat, as 23 million Americans have experienced their delivered packages getting stolen. Do not think that these are random acts of misdemeanors from random individuals; porch pirates are on the prowl and we have to be prepared for them as we would for burglars.
They have a plan
Just as how some burglars are methodical in the way they choose to target a home, so are some Porch Pirates. They would actually follow delivery trucks and then strike a home the moment the driver is out of sight. In fact, there was a case when a porch pirate in the San Fernando Valley used a smartphone app to track deliveries. Luckily for one homeowner, he had a security system to catch this individual.
When to really keep an eye out
Porch Pirates strikes every day; however, if there is one time in the year that you should really be careful it is during the holidays. In 2015, UPS was expected to deliver roughly 630 million packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas. With families thinking about holiday gifts and iPads, you better believe that Porch Pirates are on the Prowl.
How do I stay protected?
There are security measures you can take so that you don’t become a victim of package theft. The most popular protection is installing security systems or motion detecting cameras. If those devices are too expensive, you can also purchase a Wireless Video DoorBell to alert you when your package is delivered or when a suspicious person is near your front door.
Summer is ending, and the holidays are coming up soon. Make sure that you keep your eyes out for any porch pirates when you decide to purchase an item online.
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Words cannot explain how frightening it is when you and your family experiences a break-in. Sometimes, it is not that someone stole something from your home that is frightening–it’s what could’ve happened if you were still at the house. Your sense of security and peace of mind can get hindered. A Home Break-in is something we all hope to never experience; however it is still something we need to be prepared for. So, here is what you should do if you ever experience a break-in.
1. Call the officials
The first and immediate thought that will probably go through your head would be to call the police. You want to report the crime as soon as possible so that the officials can immediately start investigating. Write a list and report any belongings that were taken; if your security camera’s motion detector caught any footages, remember to hand it to the officials; and remember, do not touch anything until the officers arrive. You do not want to damage any evidence.
2. Contact your Insurance company
You will also want to contact the insurance company within a day to file an insurance claim. Remember that your insurance company will need a police report, pictures, and evidence to process your claim. It’s important that you call the police first before you contact your insurance company.
3. Get back on your feet
After you have filed your reports and made your claims, it’s time for you to pick everything up again. Clean the broken glass, fix the broken door, and try to put your house the way it was before the incident. This will be the first step to moving past this experience. Stay close with your family, talk to others about how you feel, and seek moral support. The best way to get past a traumatic experience is through support from others.
4. Secure your home
In order to get your sense of security back, you need to install some type of security system. Whether you decide to get a guard dog or install a Home Security Camera, make sure that you secure your home. Also, just because a burglar struck your home once, do not think they won’t strike again. Burglars may return to the crime scene, so it is important that you make sure that your house is protected.
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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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