LG's throwing its hat into the DIY security ring, and the Korean company's first device is pretty cool. The LG Smart Security Solution doesn't do any one thing that's shocking, but it does do a whole lot of the things you'd want from a home security device. And it could be the perfect cornerstone to the new ADT Canopy system.
Developed in partnership with security company ADT and hinted at back in May, the LG Smart Security Solution is a connected cam with a large 152-degree field of view, a smart home hub with all of the antennas I'd hope for in a hub, as well as an environmental monitor and a siren.
Launched alongside ADT's new Canopy service here in Las Vegas at CES 2016, you'll be able to add optional, contract-free monitoring to the hub via ADT for prices starting at $20 per month in the US. Then you can add additional smart home devices to Canopy later, as the program lets you pick and choose which of the compatible devices you'd like monitored in your home. Other Canopy partners at launch include Kidde, August, Samsung's SmartThings, the Ring Video Doorbell and the Roost Smart Battery.
Since LG's Smart Security device doubles as a hub, you'll be able to add accessories as they become available, and use the hub to bridge them to the cloud and your ADT monitoring service. LG's equipped to talk to devices via Bluetooth, Zigbee and Z-Wave.
The connected camera will show you a live feed via LG's app, and you can add optional video storage, though LG hasn't specified the cost or how it will determine what video will be stored. The 5-megapixel camera streams in 1080p and offers digital zoom.
It's also equipped to send push alerts if it detects any unusual activity. According to LG, it learns the normal movement patterns of you and your family, and only alerts you if it sees something unusual. LG hasn't yet specified how exactly it pulls that off. It sounds intriguing, but plenty of cameras have motion alerts, and I'll need details to convince me it's something more.
Finally, the device monitors temperature and humidity, and you'll receive a notification if either of those fall outside of your preferred range, and if something goes wildly amiss, the security device can sound its 100-decibel siren.
The whole thing looks like a slick, unassuming package. It weighs less than a pound, and I'm looking forward to getting some hands-on time with it during CES. It's due out early this year, though the price hasn't been announced.
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