Centrica Hive, has today revealed its smart external camera, Hive View Outdoor. Equipped with new technology, a simple installation process and the latest must-have security features, it delivers greater peace of mind by deterring unwanted attention and keeping people informed of activity outside their property. Launching globally early December, it is available now to pre-order from Hive and Amazon.
Richer, more robust features, easier installation and more accessible price points have driven consumer interest in smart technology as a viable security proposition for the home. Powered by cutting-edge technology, Hive View Outdoor is weatherproof, element-proof and equipped with automatic night vision. Mains powered, it works 24/7 to detect sound, motion or people, sending notifications once recording starts. A live HD feed gives immediate access to see outside the home, with content captured and securely stored for quick and convenient later viewing. Two-way audio allows people to speak directly through the camera, whereas smart notifications provide thumbnail images of the person detected to help customers quickly check who’s there.
With the number of outdoor smart home surveillance cameras in the US, the UK, and Western European countries, such as Italy, forecasted to nearly triple over the next five years, developing Hive View Outdoor made complete sense.
Tom Guy, Global Product Director, Centrica Hive commented: “Our customers have inspired our product designs ever since we started Hive. Protecting their home and loved ones is of the utmost importance and it was clear we needed to extend our security offering to give complete reassurance. Hive View Outdoor builds on the much-loved features found within our stylish indoor camera, Hive View, offering an extra layer of security for the outside of every home.”
Hive View Outdoor is Hive’s third collaboration with renowned designer and fuseproject founder Yves Béhar. The camera is visually striking, sharing the same elegant design philosophy as seen in other Hive devices. Simple to set up, Hive View Outdoor works within minutes of installation and is managed through the intuitive Hive app. When connected to other Hive devices, extra layers of smart security can be created using Hive Actions. Linking Hive Lights to the Hive View Outdoor will make it look like someone’s home, connection to a Hive View, means customers can rest easy knowing their whole home is looked after, inside and out.
Captured video is securely stored remotely and can be viewed and downloaded for free for 24 hours. Once downloaded it can be kept forever. With Hive Video Playback Membership, access to this content is extended for 30 days, giving customers optional extra reassurance that everything is covered, even when away for an extended period of time.
Customers can self-install or purchase professional installation by a British Gas engineer or certified professional. Once on the wall, the magnetic mount allows it to be easily manoeuvred to offer the best possible view with its wide 130° lens and safely secured through an anti-theft mechanism.
A robust roadmap is in place to enhance the camera, providing customers with richer features. Adjustable Activity Zones will allow customers to choose areas to monitor, while Automated Sounds, such as a dog’s bark, will help deter unwanted attention.