Ecobee SmartCamera has Alexa built-in and teams up with new Haven home security platform

Window and door sensors also added to the Ecobee mix

Ecobee SmartCamera has Alexa built-in
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Smart thermostat specialist Ecobee has signalled its intent on becoming a major smart home force with the launch of a new home security camera, security monitoring platform and some window and door sensors.

Read our full Ecobee SmartCamera review

Starting with the new cam, the Ecobee SmartCam is unique in that it's got Alexa baked right in, so it doubles up, somewhat as a smart speaker. Nest Cam IQ users already have the Google Assistant built directly into their cameras but this is a first for Amazon's digital assistant.

Aside from the smart home voice controls on offer from the new SmartCam, it also offers a decent array of home security camera specs and features such as 1080p HD video with 180° field of view, person detection, activity zones, two-way talking, night vision and it also has a nifty white noise feature that makes it a pretty good smart baby monitor option.

The SmartCam, which is also HomeKit compatible, is the face of Ecobee's new Haven home monitoring app, which uses not just the new smart security camera, but also the new SmartSensor for doors and windows, existing Ecobee temperature sensors and the smart thermostat to offer things like auto arming, geolocation setting and the like.

For $5 a month you get access to the Haven Essential plan, which is good for a single camera and 14 days of video history. The Haven Extended plan is $10 per month for unlimited cameras. The SmartCam will work without a Haven plan as well, if you're not too fussed about that historic footage.

In terms of pricing the Ecobee SmartCam hits the mid-range, with its $179 price-tag on a par with the likes of the Ring Stick Up Cam. It's on sale now, you can also buy bundles that include multiple cameras and the new sensors as well. Google Assistant and SmartThings compatibility is launching later this year.


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