Yves Behar designs outdoor security camera with Hive

Hive’s latest connected home product is designed as a “deterrent” and active security device for home owners to keep an eye on things when they’re not in.

Hive has worked with industrial designer Yves Behar on a connected home outdoor security camera designed to remotely alert home owners of any threats from intruders.

The Hive View Outdoor communicates with an app on the user’s phone when it detects any suspicious activity. It can detect sound, motion or people and notifies the owner once recording starts.

Anyone approaching is captured in a thumbnail image and sent to the homeowner so they can try to identify who the person is.

A live high definition feed means that users can keep watching once an alert has been triggered while content is recorded and stored. The camera is weather-proof from -20 to 45+°C, has night vision and is mains powered so that it can be in constant use.

Two way audio

Meanwhile two-way audio means that the user can communicate with people through the camera, a feature which has been designed to have practical applications as well as security ones – such as allowing conversations with delivery couriers or family members for example.

It is the third Hive product that Yves Behar has worked on following the Hive Smart Thermostat and the Hive View – an indoor camera, from which this new outdoor product takes its queue.

The indoor camera was always marketed as a helpful device that allows users to keep a watchful eye on pets, older relatives and children when they are not at home.

“Protecting your home and loved ones”

Customer feedback was the impetus for the outdoor product and Hive global product director, Tom Guy says: “Protecting your home and loved ones is of the utmost importance and it was clear we needed to extend our security offering to give complete reassurance.

“Hive View Outdoor builds on the features found within our indoor camera, Hive View, offering an extra layer of security for the outside of every home.”

Further features are already planned including adjustable activity zones so that certain areas can be observed and others ignored as well as automated sounds such as dogs barking to deter people approaching a property.

Hive says that customers can install the camera themselves or pay for a British gas engineer to do it. Once in place, it has a  130 degree field of vision and can be adjusted to suit a particular angle.

It is available from December, priced £179 and is sold in single, twin and multiple packages.

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