Amazon is taking the lead in the field of home surveillance with their newly released drone. At the last Amazon 2020 hardware event, the company promoted their first flying security camera Ring Always Home Cam.
This is Amazon’s first step into aeronautic and surveillance and one of their many devices related to home surveillance. There are not many products on the market today that can offer home surveillance by drone, and Amazon is well aware of that. The company projects the price for this gadget at 250$ and aiming to release it in 2021. With this package, Amazon offers encrypted and full monitoring connection trough smartphone device.
Sunflower-Labs was considered the leading company in home surveillance by drone, but also the most expensive one. With a price of almost 10k$ it will be a challenge to compete with Amazon.
The Journey from Doorbot to Dronebot Home Surveillance
Amazon’s Ring started as startup company under the name of Bot Home Automation. In it’s early days the company was famous for its unique product, Doorbot. At the time of the Doorbot release, the device was among the first video door bells on the market. However, being a pioneer didn’t mean market leadership for Bot Home Automation. After a few ups and downs and an unpredictable future, Amazon bought the company for one billion dollars. Under new leadership and a new name, Ring was ready to improve its products and feed the market need. The perfect proof of Ring’s dedication is the upgraded version of Doorbot, now known as the Ring Doorbell 3.
Many believe that Amazon bought the company due to its contract in collaboration with law enforcement. One of the unique advantages of the company is their participation in neighborhood programs which offer these partnerships with local law enforcement agencies. With this unique collaboration, Amazon brings neighborhood safety levels to a higher standard and creates the opportunities to build trust with its customers.
Introducing Ring Always Home: The future of Home Surveillance
The main concept of the device is to provide continuous monitoring of your home as part of home alarm and surveillance system, while connected with the other Ring devices. As part of wider system, any movement detected within the network can activate the drone. This device travels on designated set path determined by the home owners, without the option for manual control. It is equipped with obstacle avoidance sensors that prevents crashing or damaging the property. Once the drone comes across any obstacle, it fly’s back to its docking station and alarm the owners on not completing its mission.
Home Owners can control the camera view in order to create map of the surveillance route as main mission. The Home Owner has visual access on smartphone app, but no option to manually control the drone. ”The path is entirely determined by the customer … you actually walk the device around your home and … train it on that path and can set different waypoints for the camera to fly to…” said Ring President Leila Rouhi as statement for Cnet.
The path is entirely determined by the customer … you actually walk the device around your home and … train it on that path and can set different waypoints for the camera to fly to..
According to Ring President Leila Rouhi statement for Cnet.com
While in the air Ring aims to provide 5 mins HD live streaming, and after each flight the drone docks on its station and charges for an hour. The camera is equipped with face recognition software which will allow data comparison with the law enforcement data. This feature allows the device to track and identify people, using the law enforcement database.
Safety First: Keep Eye on Your Home With Ring
With previous experience of Amazon’s data leaks, most comments coming from the public express level of uncertainty and fear for history repeating it self.
Amazon is well aware of the importance of the safety and security measures of users data protection. According to the company, the product will provide the possibility for all users to control their own privacy settings. Additionally, The collection of data will be limited only when the device is in air and wont allow manually control of the device at any time.
The company is adding extra security features of the device as the end to end encryption. Expectations are that this will allow higher control of data and prevent potential leaks, while providing full view on the home surveillance from smartphone device.
With all of this Safety First features, Amazon has placed stable ground for their new revolutionary product. While waiting for the official release date, make sure to prepare your home with Echo Dot and invite Alexa for diner. Make sure to take a look at the other alarm and surveillance devices from Ring. Once the company releases their surveillance drone, you will be ready to synchronize the entire system and hit the road without any worries.