Security monitoring and consumer electronics firm Swann has announced that its multi-camera wired security systems can now be used in conjunction with Google Assistant voice controls. While certainly not the first to enter the connected camera space, the company’s approach to the integration does differ a bit from its competition. Namely, the company appears to be relying on a direct link between its systems and Google Home, Chromecast, and smartphones in order to provide users with additional functionality to current products. That means users can now simply say “Okay Google, show me the front entryway” and Google’s A.I. assistant will activate the stream from the appropriate camera on a Chromecast-enabled television.
Presumably, the new features will arrive via an update to supported hardware via a software rollout, with the company saying that those are available as of right now. The setup process is very straightforward. Users who own a Google Home device or who have Google Assistant on their smartphone just need to download the company’s HomeSafe View application to get started. That will allow their Google account and associated Assistant-enabled devices to be synced up with their home security cameras. After that’s been done, the system will automatically recognize whether a Chromecast device or connected smart TV is on the network and stream media to those when asked. The application also allows users to monitor their compatible home security system from their Android handset or tablet. However, Swann hasn’t indicated whether Assistant-integration will allow voice commands to activate streaming via mobile or at a distance. Moreover, the company hasn’t expressly provided a full list of supported devices, as of this writing. The app itself is listed as compatible with DVR and NVR systems in Swann’s 1590, 1600, 4575, 4780, 4980, 7450, and 8580 Series.
In the meantime, Swann is already a well-established security solution provider. This also appears to the be the first instance of digital assistant integration with a wired camera solution and those are generally considered more secure than wireless systems. Taken in combination, the addition of smart home features here may prove useful in giving Swann a leg up in the smart home security sphere.
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