The Latest Addition to the mydlink Home Family

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Smart Home technology is now far more advanced then it was when we first launched our mydlink Home range of products. Currently in todays market there is a number of technologies on offer from a number of different manufacturers, so for the average consumer this can be quite a daunting and confusing situation.

The mydlink Home range however aims to dispel this confusion, our range of products all work in conjunction with each to create a smart home, rather than a random assortment of smart home products. This interoperability between our products is essentially the difference maker for consumers looking to create a smart home and a factor in them solely choosing D-Link products.

Our latest offering to our mydlink Home range is the DCS-8200LH – a versatile camera capable of a 180-degree view. The benefits of this are immense, providing you with the capability to get coverage of an entire room without the need to pan or tilt, or in fact set up multiple cameras. Simply setup the camera in the corner of the room and you can enjoy complete coverage thanks to the cameras fish eye lens and 720p resolution giving you a crisp and sharp resolution.

Not only this but it can be linked with IFTTT, what this means is that you can set up actions to work in conjunction with other IFTTT devices. The below Infographic displays these actions:

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The Role of Surveillance in Modern Society

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Surveillance is an incredibly topical issue, as touched upon in our recent blog posts. According to research by the IHS, the surveillance market is growing at a rate of over 19% each year with people today becoming far more surveillance-savvy. With these large figures forecasted we look into the benefits surveillance has to offer and the alternate uses.

It is certainly questionable as to whether surveillance is perceived solely as a security solution. Rather there is a focus towards what can be achieved with the control that surveillance offers, this is arguably a much more palatable concept. Surveillance can play far more of a crucial role in the ecosystem of the home or office with its ability provide real-time footage. Businesses have long used surveillance, but beyond the retailer, offices can start to use it as a health and safety, HR, or operations tool such as allowing access control, rather than ‘security’.

Not to take anything away from the security aspect; in fact, the installation of surveillance devices contributes to safety and acts as a valuable deterrent enabling home and business owners to protect what’s important to them. Some European countries may even consider tax breaks or lower insurance premiums for properties with installed cameras in the next few years, given their potential impact on reducing crime or helping law enforcement to solve crime faster.

With multiple uses for surveillance in society and our everyday lives, consumer and community attitudes are gradually changing in favour of surveillance, as the figures forecasted by IHS would suggest.

Caught on camera – avoiding the holiday blues

The holiday season is upon us, and soon we will all be locking up the house, leaving a note for the milkman and inevitably forgetting our toothbrushes. Some things never change, but thankfully with the latest camera technology, worries about your property and possessions while you are away could be a thing of the past.

According to recent research 63% of UK consumers were most worried about their neighbours when they were away from home.  But on a more serious note, 80% thought that the cost of home security was too expensive.  Fortunately, the latest home monitoring cameras, advances in mobile technology and the ubiquity of internet connectivity, has meant that home security is becoming more readily attainable for a lot of people.

Today’s IP cameras are extremely cost-effective and simple enough to use that anyone can set up CCTV security in their own home.  Better yet these cameras sit on your home network and can be viewed remotely from anywhere with an internet connection.  Indeed, 61% of consumers said they would feel less worried about their property and possessions if they were able to view them remotely over the internet or on their mobile phone.

So as we move further into the internet age hopefully more people can start to enjoy their holidays.  No longer should you need to worry about whether the TV is still in the living room, the car is still in the garage or whether the neighbour has remembered to feed the cat!