Ring, the video doorbell specialist, has used CES 2018 to unveil the latest additions to its smart home security armoury. Two new home security cameras have gone live over in Vegas - the Ring Stick Up Cam and the Ring Stick Up Cam Elite; and there’s also a new range of LED smart lights from the company as well.
The difference between the two cameras is that the Elite offers Power of Ethernet (POE) connectivity, meaning that you don’t need to rely on your Wi-Fi being strong enough to keep its 1080p Full HD footage streaming nicely to your smartphone. It’s the same setup Ring uses for its Ring Doorbell Elite.
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POE also means you don’t need to plug the Stick Up Cam Elite into the mains, the Ethernet connection carries enough power to keep it fired up. The non-Elite version is battery-powered so you don’t need to worry about wiring that one up – and it can also make use of Ring’s existing Solar Panel Charger as well.
Both the Elite and the standard Stick Up Cam are designed to work inside or outside, offer advanced motion sensors with zone detection (a passive Infrared Sensor motion sensor on the non-Elite model) and two-way audio too.
Ring already has a few security camera options on sale – the Spotlight range – but the new Stick Up Cams will go head-to-head with the likes of the Blink camera range and the new Hive View, which offer portability and the option to use both inside and out.
As well as the new security cameras, Ring has also announced Ring Beams (pictured above) – smart LED lighting including pathway lights, step lights and spotlights. A result of the company acquiring Mr Beams, the connected lights integrate with the Ring app, and the current range of Ring security cameras and doorbells.
Jamie Siminoff, founder and CEO of Ring, recently told us to expect new tech from the company in 2018 but admitted that the focus was more on improving the features on the devices already available. “What you’ll see is a lot of iteration on our existing lines, continuing to upgrade them and make them better, and then a lot of software and cloud based things that can truly make our solution a lot more effective in neighbourhoods,” he said.
The new cameras, and the smart lights, will help to enhance Ring’s reputation as more than just a video doorbell company, with the focus clearly now on providing a complete security suite for users.
Let’s hope it can get the legal-wrangles over and done with and get the Ring Secure connected alarm system out to the market as well – then we’ve definitely got a more budget friendly Nest rival on our hands.
There's no word on pricing or a release date yet for Ring's new kit - we'll update this story as soon as we know more.