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D-Link Debuts First Apple HomeKit Enabled Camera at CES

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Promising to offer an easy way for users to monitor their home, D-Link has today announced the new Omna 180 Cam HD at CES, making it the first security camera in D-Link’s family of Apple HomeKit enabled devices. “We are excited to be providing consumers with our first HomeKit enabled camera, combining D-Link’s rich experience in IP cameras with Apple’s industry-leading home automation technology” said Anny Wei, president of D-Link.

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The device features an elegant and modern design, and offers a comprehensive 180-degree field of view to monitor an entire room and Full HD 1080p video quality for crystal clear surveillance. The HomeKit enabled camera includes advanced security features with end-to-end encryption and authentication between the camera and an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Using HomeKit, users can set up the Omna 180 camera within seconds in just a few simple steps via the Apple Home app in iOS 10.1. Users can also get rich notifications on the lock screen of their iPhone or iPad, and get an instant snapshot of what’s happening in their home when motion is detected. The camera can work seamlessly with other Homekit enabled devices including triggering scenes when motion is detected.

Key features of the camera include:

  • 180-Degree Field of View – Omna is derived from the Latin word ‘omnis’ meaning all-encompassing. Most cameras offer a limited 130-degree lens, while D-Link’s unique 180-degree solutions and de-warping technology allow users to see just about everywhere and everything.
  • Dynamic Video Streaming – The video bitrate continuously adjusts to ensure optimal performance given the available bandwidth.
  • Two-Way Audio – Listen and speak using the camera’s built-in microphone and speaker, so even when users are not at home they can still make their presence known. 
  • Night Vision – See up to 16 feet in complete darkness with infrared night vision.
  • Local Recording – Record motion detection triggered video clips directly to a microSDXC card up to 128 GB. Offers more flexibility on recording video locally to the camera without impacting network or Internet bandwidth, all with no recurring monthly fees.
  • Omna App – Advanced features are available on the free Omna companion app.
  • Stylish Design – The camera is designed to fit effortlessly into the modern home with an elegant, discreet and stylish design.
  • Motion Detection – Triggers alerts and automatic video clip recording.

The D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD will be available in Q1 2017.

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  • My concern with all of these connected devices is their lack of security. Without appropriate security they can be attacked and added to those bet networks that have successfully attacked services in the last few months.

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