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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Remocam, a Smart Home device manufacturer and software developer, gets acquired by a South Korean KOSDAQ-listed company
San Francisco, November 4th, 2016
Remocam, a Smart Home hardware and software developer, has been acquired by Exa E&C, Inc (KOSDAQ 054940). Consequently, it will also change its company name from Remocam to Olive and Dove. It is following the suite of its competitors like Dropcam, which was acquired by Google and Nest, Piper by iControl – though they became separate companies after a year or so, and Withings by Nokia.
Remocam was founded in March 2015 and launched its first product, RemoCam, a Smart Home security camera, in October 2015. The acquisition happened at an interesting timing since Olive and Dove is about to launch its second product, RemoBell, a smart doorbell, which will compete with Ring and August doorbell.
Exa E&C Inc. is a special interior manufacturer in South Korea that makes Clean Rooms and high-end partitions. It has recently expanded its business to Vietnam.
Here is the story of how these two met. Olive and Dove’s parent company, ODC, Inc, introduced the very first Smart Home security camera to South Korea back in 2013. Ever since then, ODC Co., Ltd. became a pioneer of the Internet of Things market in South Korea by providing white-labeled Smart Home security cameras as well as proprietary Cloud server platform services to multiple national carriers in South Korea.
As a high-tech interior manufacturer, Exa E&C naturally became interested in the emerging IoT industry because they may be able to incorporate Smart Home technology into their expertise. Upon studying this new market in South Korea, Exa E&C execs found the level of technology at ODC was at the caliber of a global business. They soon learned that ODC had founded its subsidiary company, Remocam, Inc. in USA in 2015. Seeing its potential as one of the leading Smart Home device manufacturer as well as Smart Home software developer, Exa E&C decided to acquire ODC, which meant they also acquired Remocam, Inc (Now Olive and Dove).
The managing director of Olive and Dove, Paul Lee, remarked, ‘This can’t be any more timely. We are about to launch our second product, RemoBell, a HD video doorbell after launching RemoCam, a Smart Home security camera. This acquisition and the consequent financial support will boost our sales and marketing activities for both RemoBell and Remocam. I can’t wait to deliver better Smart Home devices, web and app services to the customers in US and eventually to the world.’
The chairman of Exa E&C Inc., Cha K Koo, said, ‘ODC is a leading IoT company in South Korea. It set an industry standard in video encryption by introducing video encoding in order to ensure the privacy and protection and demonstrates the company’s leadership and competency. We see the potential in this company to become #1 in the world as well.’
Olive and Dove plans to launch its second product, RemoBell in November, 2016.
About Olive & Dove Inc.
Olive & Dove Inc., formerly Remocam, Inc., is a Smart Home hardware and software company. Our goal is to help people take better care of their homes and loved ones. Our first product is RemoCam®, a Smart Home security camera. It not only monitors, but also controls other devices. The second product is RemoBell®, an HD video doorbell. This Delaware corporation is a subsidiary of ODC Co., Ltd., South Korea.
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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If you are like me, there are three reasons why you are on the internet: Social Media, the News, and Online Shopping. 80% of the US population have done some sort of online shopping and experts predict that worldwide sales will pass $1.5 trillion this year. There are good reasons why we shop online — it’s easy to use, they deliver right to your door, more deals, and… more DEALS!
Online shopping is convenient and great, but as we have more online shoppers, we also have more Porch Pirates. Having your package stolen is almost as bad purchasing fake Yeezys from a scam website. With the holidays coming up soon, you can best believe that Porch Pirates are on the prowl. However, there are security measures you can take to make sure that you are protected from package theft.
1. Leave Instruction for the Delivery man
Package theft is so easy because the packages are sitting there, in the open, in front of your door. Anyone can walk up to it and snatch it, so long as there are no witnesses.
Porch pirates plan when to snatch a package at your front door; it’s like snatching a piece of candy from a store with no cameras. However, if you give specific instruction to your delivery man to leave it in the backyard or in an empty trash bin, then the “pirates” won’t be able to spot your package.
2. Let Family or Neighbors know
You can call a neighbor or let your family know that you’re expecting a delivery. If no one is at the house, you choose the option to have UPS deliver your package to your neighbor and add a reminder slip on your door.
The best way to protect your property is to always have someone look out for you.
3. Doorman (App)
Doorman is a smartphone service app that lets users determine when they want their package delivered to them, even if it is past 4pm.
Most times, you do not know when you will receive your package; with this app, you just send your online purchase to them, they will notify when they receive the package, and then you choose when you want them to deliver it to you.
4. Security System
Another alternative is to install a security system with outdoor cameras and motion detectors. If security systems are too expensive, you can also install smart home wireless video doorbells.
The moment a porch pirate approaches your door, the motion detection will get send you a push notification through your Smartphone App.
5. Ask local carrier to hold on to package
You can also ask UPS to hold onto your package at your nearest UPS store or at Staples. They will hold onto your package for 5 business days or 7 calendar days for no added cost. Just remember to bring a valid ID when you go to pick up your package.
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Have you experienced package theft or know some extra tips to protect your packages? Let us know in the comments below. If you have a RemoCam and you caught some interesting footage, remember to send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and give us a shoutout.
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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If you would like to learn more ways to protect your home, check out our other blog on “5 ways to protect your home”. 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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When you picture a burglar, you might think of an individual dressed in all black with a ski mask on sneaking around at night. Contrary to how TV portrays burglars, most of them break into a home in everyday clothes during the day. If you saw them, you’d probably wouldn’t be able to single them out.
But, they are out there, and they do scope around to see which house is the easiest to break into and the most rewarding. In fact, you could be doing things or “not” doing things that are luring intruders to your home.
1. Easy Entrance
There are over 2.5 million burglaries per year, and about 30% of burglaries occur through an entry of an unlocked door or window. An easy entrance to your home is like a personal invitation to any burglars. You might always lock the front door; however, have you made sure that the other point of entries has been secured as well?
34% of burglaries occur through the front door, 23% occur through the first-floor windows, 22% occur through the back doors, and 21% occur through other entry points (like basements or second-floor windows). Remember that burglars do not want to spend too much time on one house, as they like to spend only 8-12 minutes per home. So, locking all your doors and windows can go a long way.
2. Homes with too much cover
Whether you have high fences, a lot of shades, or thick bushes, remember that burglars seek homes with a lot of covers. If your home is located in the corner of the street or by a cul de sac, those isolated houses can become a target for burglars.
Don’t be alarmed if your home has a lot of covers and is isolated, there are measures you can take to make sure you protect your home.
3. Not cleaning your Curb
Many burglars look for houses that look like they are empty. When you have a home that is not groomed, like the newspaper stacking up at your front door or your garbage bins sitting in the driveway for more than a week, then burglars will suspect that the house is vacant.
I know – they are very observant. However, cleaning up your driveway can at least alert burglars that there are people residing in your home.
4. Social Media
There are two reasons to use social media: to vent to others and to brag to others. However, over publicizing what you are doing on social media can leave your home vulnerable. If you start posting that you will be on vacation or if you start posting pictures of your Bora Bora trip, potential burglars will monitor your page. You’d be shocked by how close by they are to your neighborhood. A simple vacation picture on social media can be
You’d be shocked by how close by they are to your neighborhood. A simple vacation picture on social media can be a signal beacon of a vacant home.
5. No Protection
They say homes without a security system can raise your chance of a break-in by 300%. Whether you purchase a full-on security system or an affordable option with a smart home security camera, a survey conducted with burglars stated that a home with a surveillance system is the most effective deterrence for them.
In fact, 60% of burglars stated that they reconsidered targeting homes if they saw a security system inside. Having a dog in your home could also be a strong deterrent, as roughly 50% of burglars stated they avoided homes with dogs. At the end of the day, make sure that your home is protected.
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Posted on September 9, 2016 at 4:32 pm by Olive & Dove / Blog, IoT | Connected Device | Smart Home / 0