Netatmo is launching Presence — a smart outdoor security camera that will send you an alert if someone is loitering around your house. Presence is available now in the U.S. market for $300.
The product is one more piece of the smart home, which is expected to become a $71 billion market by 2018, according to Jupiter Research. Paris-based Netatmo unveiled Presence earlier this year, saying that the camera uses a deep-learning algorithm to detect people, cars, and animals that are within view.
Presence can detect if a car enters your driveway, if a pet wanders into your yard, or if a person walks onto your property. It notifies the user when something new is detected in the monitored area. Those notifications are customizable, as is the recording of incidents. Integrated floodlights turn on at night, and infrared LED lights allow for night watching. The product is compatible with IFTTT smart home technology, and video storage is free.
The camera lets the user know what is happening outside their home and informs them via app with notifications: “Person seen,” “Car seen,” or “Animal seen.” It can alert the user if something is wrong at a holiday home or let the user know when a package is delivered and there is no one to receive it.
“Presence marks a new step forward for consumer security cameras. Unlike existing surveillance systems that need human analysis, Presence understands what’s happening outside the house and operates without requiring a subscription,” said Fred Potter, CEO of Netatmo, in a statement. “The camera instantly detects unusual situations and sends precise notifications to the users’ smartphone. Presence offers peace of mind to the users: It alerts them in real time if there’s a break-in, an intruder, or property damage.”
Presence features the Alert-Zones function, which enables the user to select specific zones for detection alerts — around a yard, property gate, garage door, or other areas determined by the user. Users can define up to four Alert-Zones.
The Time-Lapse feature collates the last 24 hours filmed by the camera into a single minute, so users can get a quick overview. Time-Lapse makes a short movie with pictures taken each minute.
Presence stores videos locally on an internal micro SD card. The user can also choose to transfer them to their Dropbox account or their personal FTP server.
Videos filmed by Presence can be saved automatically to the user’s Dropbox account. Through the Netatmo security app, the user can choose what type of video should be automatically sent to Dropbox, like the detection of a person, a car, or an animal.
Presence connects through Wi-Fi to the home’s internet. The app is accessible from a smartphone, a tablet, a PC/Mac, or an Apple Watch. Through the dashboard, the user streams live video of what’s happening around the house. The timeline screen lists past events and allows the user to review past videos.
The device is available now at Home Depot and Amazon.com.
Presence is a full HD outdoor camera with a 100-degree field of view and a 20-meter detection range. In 2015, Netatmo completed a funding round of $33 million. The company previously raised $4.9 million in 2013.