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Netatmo Welcome Now Does Pet Detection

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 20, 2017 by itnerd

If you have a pet and a security camera in your home, chances are that your pet would set off the camera simply by walking about. Seeing as 41% of Canadian households have at least one dog, while 37% of households have at least 1 cat, that’s a bit of a problem. Netatmo has a solution for that that is now available for their Welcome security camera. It’s called Pet Detection.

Welcome’s unique Pet Detection feature enables to track motion caused by pets. Thanks to its Artificial Intelligence algorithm, Welcome tells specifically when an animal passes in front of the camera, in real-time. Users can choose to ignore motion alerts caused by pets to prevent false alerts or keep them running to check on their favorite companions when they are not home.

Thanks to its superior face recognition technology, the Netatmo Welcome also alerts users on their smartphone about intruders, complete with a picture of their face and a video of the intruder.

I reviewed the Wecome camera recently. Please click here to see what I thought of it.

 

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Infographic: Netatmo Tips On How to Better Protect Your Home While On Holidays

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 19, 2017 by itnerd

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Source: Netatmo

Infographic: Home Invasion In Canada

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 16, 2017 by itnerd

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Netatmo Introduces Two New Products at CES

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 4, 2017 by itnerd

Netatmo has unveiled two new products in its Security range at CES.

The Smart Smoke Alarm: The Netatmo Smart Smoke Alarm is an intelligent, connected smoke alarm that delivers real-time alerts to your smartphone whenever the alarm is triggered, so you can take action even when you’re away from home. It will be Apple Homekit compatible and comes with a 10 year battery.

Indoor Security SirenThe Netatmo Indoor Security Siren is an accessory of the Netatmo Welcome camera. It is a 110dB smart indoor siren which switches on and alerts you on your smartphone when an intrusion is detected by the Netatmo Welcome camera or by the Netatmo Tags. It can also be manually triggered from your smartphone in case of emergency. It aims at scaring intruders away and at preventing burglaries. It will be IFTTT compatible.

Both will be available in the second half of 2017.

Review: Netatmo Healthy Home Coach

Posted in Products with tags on November 28, 2016 by itnerd

There’s a saying: Your home is your castle. Part of making your castle is to figure out what you have to do to make it comfortable. You can take the guesswork out of how to make it comfortable by using tech to do so. In my case, I will be using the Netatmo Healthy Home Coach figure out how healthy my condo is. Here’s what it looks like.

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If you’ve seen my review of the Netatmo Welcome camera, it looks similar to the Welcome. But it isn’t a camera. It contains sensors to measure temperature, humidity, noise and air quality in the form of CO2 and connects to your smartphone or tablet via WiFi. The ideal is that by measuring these, it can help you have a healthier home. That sounds great in theory. Let’s see how it works in practise.

Setup was almost trivial. You plug it in, download the Home Coach app which is available for iOS and Android, and follow the on screen instructions. That’s where I ran into a few snags. First, the app uses the whatever WiFi network your smartphone is on. In my case, I had my iPhone on a 5Ghz WiFi network. However the device didn’t see my 5Ghz WiFi network. Instead, I had to pick my 2.4Ghz network from a list of networks that it saw. That wasn’t a big deal. But what was a big deal was the fact that when I tried to set it up with Apple Homekit, I ran into problems. First, when it tried to set it up in HomeKit, it gave an error about not being able to sync to the cloud. I didn’t really understand what the error was until I decided to open the HomeKit app, which in turn made me turn on iCloud KeyChain. Once I did that, I was able to get past that problem. That led me to the next problem which was that once I gave a name for my condo (which I unimaginatively called it “My Home”) and gave it a name for the room that the Healthy Home Coach was located in (which was the “Bedroom”), it asked me to turn the Heathy Home Coach over to scan a 2D bar code after click next. But nothing happened when I clicked on next. That confused me for a bit until I closed the HomeKit app. Once I did that, I was able to scan the bar code. From there I had to choose to set it up for an asthmatic, a baby, or for the whole family (I chose the whole family). That completed the setup. But clearly there’s some bugs on the iOS app that they need to iron out.

Once it’s set up, here’s what the app looks like:

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If you click on each item, you see something like this which explains what the item is, why it is important, and what you can do to improve things:

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So it looks like I am good on the CO2 front. You can track historical data as well. That way you can see when something changes and perhaps that would give you a clue as to why it changed. The app also supports multiple Healthy Home Coach units so that you can put one in each room in your home and get a holistic view of your home.

So that you’re not constantly checking the app, The Healthy Home Coach and receive notifications when any of the different measurements aren’t at the right level. That gives you the ability to tweak things in your home to make things better. Because I was testing this on an iPhone, I utilized the fact that The Healthy Home Coach is HomeKit compatible. Thus you can use the HomeKit app to see the status of whatever room The Healthy Home Coach is in:

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But why HomeKit compatibility really matters is that beyond cool Siri party tricks is that you can use The Healthy Home Coach to drive the behavior of other HomeKit compatible devices such as thermostats and fans. That way a reading of high CO2 will trigger the fans to come on. Or a radical change in temperature will result in the thermostat adjusting the temperature accordingly.

The big question is, did it do anything to help to make my condo more comfortable. Well, it did reveal is the bedroom could be better on the humidity front. Thanks to the data from using this for a few days, it’s convinced my wife and I that maybe we need to look at a humidifier for that room. We’re also going to see what we can do about ventilation as CO2 levels in the bedroom hovered below 900 ppm which while still good, is a bit higher than we’d like it. We did lower the temperature by a degree as it was as high as 23.5 Celsius which is outside of where it should be. By doing those things, maybe it will help to give my wife and I a better nights sleep.

The Netatmo Healthy Home Coach is $119 CDN. Check it out if you want to gain insight into how healthy your home is and how you can improve your comfort in it.

 

 

 

Netatmo Black Friday Deals Announced

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 24, 2016 by itnerd

To kick off the holiday season and make life at home safer, healthier and more comfortable, Netatmo is offering 25% off on its devices:

  • Healthy Home Coach, the smart indoor climate monitor
  • Welcome, the indoor security camera with face recognition
  • The Personal Weather Station that monitors indoor and outdoor environments
  • The Personal Weather Station accessories, the Wind Gauge, that measures wind speed and wind direction and the Rain Gauge, that measures the level of rainfall

Netatmo’s Black Friday offer is valid from Friday, November 25, 2016 to Monday, November 28, 2016 on www.netatmo.com, using the code BF2016 at checkout.

Netatmo Presence Camera Now Available In Canada

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 3, 2016 by itnerd

Netatmo has announced that Presence, the outdoor security camera, is now available in Canadian retail stores and markets at a price of $349.99. 

With its breakthrough deep-learning algorithm, Presence detects and reports on people, cars and animals that are outside one’s home. Placed outside the house, Presence can in real time detect if someone is loitering around a home, if a car enters the driveway, or if a pet wanders into the yard. It understands what it sees and notifies the user when something new is detected in the monitored area. 

The outdoor security camera has smart, powerful features:

  • The notifications and recordings are customizable
  • The integrated floodlight lights up at night; the infrared LED lights allow discreet watching
  • The camera is compatible with IFTTT
  • The video storage is free

Presence is now available at Home Depot, Best Buy Canada and Amazon.ca. It retails for $349.99. The Netatmo Security App is entirely free. It is compatible with iPhones featuring iOS9, Android 4.3 and above. The Netatmo Security App controls Presence; Welcome, the indoor security camera with face recognition; and Tags, the waterproof security sensors for doors and windows. The Presence web-App is also available on PC and Mac.