Targeting home security systems, Netgear launches Ocuity wireless IP cameras

The Ocuity 500 features an HD camera, multifunction motion and audio sensors, and modular mounting options.

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At the 2014 International CES tradeshow in Las Vegas, Netgear (NASDAQ: NTGR) announced its new product family of advanced wireless IP cameras. Available in both basic and advanced editions, the company says its Ocuity Wireless IP Camera offers home security systems providers an enhanced security and home automation solution optimized for their subscribers.

The Ocuity 100 Wireless IP Camera (HMNC100) offers high-quality 720p resolution HD video and leverages selectable dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi technology. Along with flexible mounting options, it offers a discreet, compact form factor and print-to-customize skins to blend into home décor.

The Ocuity 500 Wireless IP Camera (HMNC500) offers the same networking and HD capabilities as the Ocuity 100, but also features the MagnaFast magnetic mounting system for a broad range of modular mounting options. According to Netgear, what makes Ocuity 500 a standout among home monitoring devices is that it is the industry’s first camera designed to combine high-quality HD video with breakthrough multifunction sensing and monitoring algorithms. This innovation in technology enables advanced motion detection capabilities combined with reliable audio detection capabilities, to enhance security and even support communication with the homeowner.

“Netgear is using data analytics to extend the capabilities of its high-definition Wi-Fi camera by converting unstructured audio and video streams into a high-quality motion and glass break sensor,” asserts Tom Kerber, director of research on Home Controls & Energy with Parks Associates, a market research and consulting firm focused on residential product and service segments. “Multi-function sensors will play an important role within the connected home, enhancing the capabilities of energy management, security, home health monitoring, and safety systems.”

Both Ocuity camera models will become available in the first quarter of 2014 through major security and home automation service providers. End pricing will vary depending on the service provider offering, says Netgear.

“We leveraged our core competencies in home networking -- ease of use and high-end design -- to offer capabilities in Ocuity Wireless IP Cameras that go beyond video,” comments Michael Clegg, senior vice president and general manager for Service Provider Business at Netgear. “The Ocuity Family expands our product portfolio so we are better able to address the needs of service providers who are looking for a complete, integrated home monitoring solution to offer their subscribers.”

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