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Since Lowe’s (NYSE: LOW) January announcement of their upcoming release of a new smart home product, they’ve teamed up with UK based smart home technology company AlertMe to release Iris, an all-in-one solution to integrating household control systems. “This is an exciting development in the connected home space,” Stuart Sikes, president of Parks Associates, experts in emerging consumer technology products and services, said. “While there have been various simple applications such as remote management of HVAC systems that have delivered significant savings, until now, there have been few comprehensive offerings aimed at the mass market. Lowe’s new Iris product and service platform has the attributes needed to break down these barriers and reach the consumer with a scalable solution at an affordable price, and it should position the company as a formidable leader in this space.” Starting at $179, Iris is essentially a (more…) Read more

Bullet cameras are a common type of camera accompanying a surveillance system. The camera is coined as a bullet camera due to its shape that resembles a gun’s bullet. These camera types are compact and can be easily used when discretion is necessary but bullet cameras are available in a variety of sizes to meet the needs of a business or a residential setting. The image produced by bullet cameras are high quality and video recording is possible. Cameras are available for both color monitoring or in black and white. For those who rely on security at night when darkness is prominent, there are infrared bullet cameras which make imaging still clear without much light present. Recording of the activities can be saved and presented as evidence in the event of criminal activity. HSS.net has put together a comprehensive list of our Top Bullet Security Camera picks based both on each offering's features as compared to its price. (more…) Read more

Internet protocol cameras, known as IP cameras, are used in the digital recording of surveillance footage. This type of camera can send and receive video data using computer technologies and the Internet. Cameras used for the purpose of surveillance are called IP cameras to differentiate from typical webcams. IP cameras are available in two different types. A centralized IP camera feeds digital data to a central network video recorder (NVR) for the purposes of recording and surveillance monitoring. A decentralized OP camera does not require an NVR. The recording capability is built into the camera itself and has the capacity to record and store digital media through the use of a hard drive, flash drive, or USB storage device. HSS.net has put together a comprehensive list of our Top IP Security Camera picks based both on each offering's features as compared to its price. (See our Top Home Security System Picks) Rank System Features Price 1. IQeye SD480p Network IP Box Camera 60 fps @ SD480p H.264 Main Profile + MJPEG Wide Varifocal Lens DTS (Direct-to-Storage) One-Way Audio G.711 PCM… Read more

PTZ cameras enable businesses to take their security to a greater distance. The PTZ stands for pan/tilt/zoom and that is exactly what the camera is designed to do. The ability to move the camera around extends the viewing coverage area for extra protection. Image details can be increased with the zoom features during video monitoring in real time. Many PTZ cameras available are suitable for indoor surveillance or for outdoor monitoring and can operate 24/7. These cameras offer high quality resolution so images being captured are clear and reliable. PTZ cameras can be mounted in multiple locations including walls or in ceilings when a PTZ dome camera is selected. HSS.net has put together a comprehensive list of our Top PTZ Security Camera picks based both on each offering's features as compared to its price. (See our Top Home Security System Picks) Rank System Features Price 1. DIGIOP Black 30x Zoom Speed Dome PTZ Camera 520 Lines of Color Resolution 30x Optical Zoom Auto-surveillance Patterns Motion Detection Built-in Image Stabilization 3 Year Warranty 1349.99 View 2. Sony 26X Zoom IP Day/Night… Read more

Dome cameras are a highly recognizable measure of security. Many businesses utilize dome cameras to keep tabs on different locations and activities taking place each day. Dome cameras are installed in the ceilings of a location and are visible to the public. However, the dome covers of the camera are tinted to make it impossible to determine in which direction the camera is pointing. In many cases, installing dome cameras can be effective at deterring criminal activity. The public at large is often able to recognize the presence of dome camera security systems as they are a familiar sight. This can deter unwanted activity by those who know they are on camera, being monitored. In the event crimes are committed, the dome cameras can capture footage to be used as evidence for prosecution. HSS.net has put together a comprehensive list of our Top Dome Security Camera picks based both on each offering's features as compared to its price. (See our Top Home Security System Picks) Rank System Features Price 1. DIGIOP Black Network IP Indoor Mini Dome Security Camera Up… Read more