It was a busy CES for French company Somfy, who used the show to launch a plethora of new connected devices – most notably the Somfy Outdoor Camera, described by its makers as the most deterring outdoor security camera on the market.
By deterring, it is referring to the inclusion of a 110dB siren meaning, like the existing indoor Somfy One model, the Outdoor Camera is designed to work alongside your existing Somfy security setup. Sure, the new camera would work on its own, but it will be much more effective if synced up with Somfy IntelliTAGs and motion sensors.
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The Somfy Outdoor Camera packs SomfyVision technology – the company’s AI algorithims that help to determine whether it is spotting a human that it should be concerned with, rather than an animal or a car. If the alarm system is activated and it spots human movement where it shouldn’t then the siren will sound. Also, if you hook it up to existing outdoor light wiring, you can also have the lights come on as well.
It’s Full HD with HDR, has night vision, a 130 degree field of view and there’s an 8z zoom function for looking at things more closely. There’s a speaker on board too so you can directly warn people that you’ve spotted them (you can also record a standard message for intruders as well).
Somfy lets you store recordings for 24 hours on their servers, but you are also able to set up Dropbox or FTP server for backing up footage too.
The Somfy One will be out in the summer – which seems like a ridiculously long way away – there’s no word on pricing as of yet.
As well as the new Outdoor Camera, Somfy also used CES to jump into the connected thermostat game. The Somfy thermostat taps into the French company’s TaHoma platform, meaning neat integrations such as shutting connected blinds or curtains when it’s getting too hot.
Somfy also revealed new versions of its smart lock and security alarm panel and announced big updates for its shutters, blinds and curtains business – with more integrations with smart assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant, and an open API for developers to tap into.
Somfy, in case you weren’t aware, is a big deal in the “automatic openings and closures” (its words, not ours) business – think shutters, blinds, curtains and the like. In 2016 it acquired MyFox (and a couple of other smaller IoT companies) to make more of a move into the smart home market.
Somfy has now got an impressive smart home arsenal up its sleeve and is definitely a name to keep an eye on - if its CES presence is anything to go by, it has ambitions way beyond its European roots.