The latest in smart home security unveiled at CES 2021

CES is always a hotbed for the latest innovations in consumer tech, and even though the 2021 edition is virtual, there is no shortage of new technology to discover. The most important aspect of this for security professionals is the new equipment for smart homes. With everything from the latest IoT cameras to networking gear, there are plenty of new solutions to discover.

Konka has announced its entry into the smart security market at CES. Known for its smart TVs, the manufacturer has broadened its portfolio with a range of smart home technology. The security side is addressed with two video doorbells and a pair of smart cameras. Standard features found in all four models are 1080p full HD, night vision, motion detection, live view, two-way communication (with mic, speaker and audio noise cancelation), 128-bit AES encryption, multiple video playback options including an SD card slot and they are all water resistant. In addition, with the new CameraView App, users can view the feed from a Konka video doorbell or smart camera on a Konka Android TV.

A different kind of entry to the smart home security market is a range of whole home smart water products from Moen. Designed to protect a home from water damage, the company is highlighting its U smart faucet, Flo smart water security system and new smart sump pump monitor as well as shutoff and detection systems. The manufacturer is pointing to water damage being five times more common than theft as a reason for integrating this kind of solution into a smart security system.

Combining both of these elements is the latest offering from D-Link. The manufacturer is highlighting its latest mydlink AI-enabled home Wi-Fi cameras and sensors, such as the CES Innovation Award Honouree Whole Home Smart Wi-Fi Water Sensor. D-Link states that these products have been designed to keep homes connected and protected without sacrificing privacy.

Staying with award-winning products, the new generation of Shepherd Lock from PassiveBolt is another CES Innovation Award Honouree. Shepherd Lock Gen2 keyless entry technology provides access control based on touch and facial recognition. It allows users to lock and unlock their homes with a touch.

Another the CES Innovation Award Honouree is Arlo Technologies’ new Arlo Essential Indoor Camera and Touchless Video Doorbell. Featuring an automated privacy shield, the Essential Indoor camera allows users to choose when the camera monitors and records video. When the privacy shield is in disarm mode, recording, motion and audio detection is disabled and won’t begin until the shield is opened by the user via the Arlo App. Users can also signal the privacy shield to open automatically and begin recording by starting a live stream or changing the camera to arm mode. Meanwhile, the Touchless Video Doorbell was designed to help guests and delivery personnel limit their interaction with communal points of contact, all while keeping the front entry secure. It uses Proximity Sensing Technology to gauge a visitor’s distance. Once detected, the guest hears an audible chime and sees a visible light, signalling the doorbell has been ‘pressed’ and the homeowner has been alerted – all before they come into physical contact with the device.

Finally, with access control solutions for everything from pets to groceries unveiled at CES 2021, myQ has hugely expanded its product range. Perhaps the most important for security professionals is myQ Smart Community Access. The LiftMaster Smart Access Control Systems with an integrated camera deliver one-way video calling and two-way voice communication so residents can view and verify their guests’ identities before granting them entry to the building or community. The manufacturer states that LiftMaster’s smart community access system provides residents with a modern living experience, while property managers will also benefit from a scalable access management solution that it claims enhances security and reduces liability.

CES is taking place online until January 14th 2021. 


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