Retailer Best Buy Partners With Vivint To Launch Smart Home Service

Best Buy and Vivint Smart Home announced a strategic partnership to give customers an easy way to automate and manage their homes, called Best Buy Smart Home powered by Vivint. With a nationwide rollout beginning this summer, Best Buy customers will be able to visit one of more than 400 of the chain’s large-format stores to consult with a smart home expert, design a comprehensive system, and receive professional installation and monitoring, often within 24 hours.

Surveillance Video Leads Arrest Of Teens Burglary Suspects In Redwood City

Two Redwood City, CA, teens were arrested for burglarizing a home in Redwood City recently, a police lieutenant said. The 17-year-old boys entered an unoccupied home through a second-story window in the 900 block of Glennan Drive, Lt. Sean Hart stated. They ransacked the home for valuables looking for items that were easily transportable, Hart […]

Review: Dropcam Video Monitoring Camera

If you want to set up a home monitoring camera but don’t want to run wiring or waste time configuring a system, there’s a product now available to Canadians that makes video surveillance simple. Dropcam is a small, cellphone-sized video monitoring camera that can rest on its stand or be mounted to a wall. It draws power from a USB cable plugged into a wall outlet and transmits video wirelessly to the cloud over a WiFi Internet connection. I tried out Dropcam Pro, while a simpler Dropcam model also exists. Optically, the Pro’s camera captures surprisingly sharp images for something just designed to keep tabs on your home, kids or outdoor scenery. This is largely thanks to the six-element glass lens system (compared to plastic lenses) with a 130-degree field of view to capture 720p HD video. Dropcam also says the image sensor is twice as large as the one found in the company’s previous Dropcam HD camera, which helps in low-light conditions. There are eight infrared LEDs to improve night vision surveillance. Now, here’s how Dropcam is smart. Video is uploaded using what they say is bank-level encryption to the cloud. From any device with a web connection (or the iPhone/Android apps) you can log in to see the live video, and use the camera’s microphone and speaker to have a remote conversation. Dropcam also detects when there’s motion or an unusual sound, sending you a push notification on your iPhone or an email to alert you that […]

AT&T Digital Life, New Home Security And Automation Service Launches In Colorado Springs

[November 06, 2013] DALLAS, Nov. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — AT&T* today announced that on Friday, Nov. 8 it will launch Digital Life in Colorado Springs along with five other markets: Bridgeport, Memphis, Mobile, New Haven and Pensacola. AT&T Digital Life ® makes customers’ lives easier by simplifying the management of their home. Digital Life offers security, convenience and peace of mind, in a customizable and easy-to-use experience from smartphones, tablets or PCs. (Logo: ) Beginning Friday, customers in these six new markets can receive a live demo and purchase Digital Life in company owned retail stores. Including the new markets launching, Digital Life ends the year with 58 markets across the U.S. With Digital Life, customers can use their existing home broadband provider, and any wireless phone service, and enjoy the security and convenience of a home management system with the flexibility to meet their unique needs. — Actively Protected & In Control: The foundation of Digital Life is complete home security with 24/7 professional monitoring that allows you to know what is happening at home, or where an event has occurred. Through AT&T-owned and operated, U.S.-based monitoring centers, professionals will respond to emergencies and alert police and fire authorities. — Seamlessly Connected: Digital Life is an all-digital, fully integrated, wireless home management system, giving customers flexibility to manage their home from their smartphone, tablet or PC. Our takeover module lets you easily extend your existing security system and investment. The Digital Life application is available […]