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December 4, 2014

😎 Robberies… Break-Ins… Trespassing… Shoplifting… Productivity Issues… HDTV video has become an affordable high-resolution solution for What’s Happening… When You’re not There

😎 DropCam has a Peace-of-Mind Solution, Live-Streaming HDTV Video Streaming so you can See what’s going on, when You’re not There.

😎 DropCam’s internet video-streaming is Encrypted with the same video system Security Protocols used by US Banks.

😎 We’re focusing on this topic, because DropCam company, a leader in Security Camera development, has recently released a HDTV camera containing a 3,000,000 pixel imager coupled to a 130ΒΊ ultra-wide angle lens, driven by a world-class software system. This combination delivers true 1920x1080p HDTV at 30 frames per second high-resolution video.

😎 DropCam provides a Peace-of-Mind Solution with the ability to deliver Live HDTV Video Streaming, so you can See what’s going on, when you’re not there. Are the kids working on their homework while you’re finishing up your day’s work? How’s your pet doing while you are out for the day?

😎Whether its your home, the garage, the yard, the office, store… Whether its the Maintenance men, the Cleaning Ladies, the Employees, or an uninvited guest… DropCam Cameras give some peace of mind, knowing you can take a look at what’s going on, in real-time, any time you desire;

😎 DropCam’s software notices movement and unusual sounds, even in total darkness; DropCam’s camera contains 12 high-power infrared LEDs surrounding the lens, illuminating the entire room with infrared light. When movement is detected you will receive a DropCam Notification on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, PC or android device, mentioning movement, or loud noise, accompanied with a video-clip showing what caused the notification.

😎 DropCam initially delivered a 720p resolution camera with a 107º Lens system, several years ago which is relatively high-resolution compared with most of the competition. FYI, DropCam was recently acquired by NEST, and NEST was recently acquired by Google.

😎 However, in the first quarter of 2014, DropCam Pro emerged with a HDTV resolution digital camera coupled to a 130º Super-Wide-Angle lens, which is Super-Easy to setup and install. The hardest task is deciding where to place the DropCam cameras for best view of your living or business areas.

😎 The two Balcony Cameras have been “set” for “Public” viewing, although the other 3 indoor security cameras are secure and private. Take a look at the live-views with the two links below showing live-streaming video feeds of our two Boca Raton Balconies. The NW facing view shows better fidelity due to the position of the Sun.

😎 To View the South West Camera: http://dropc.am/p/RozKhV

😎 To View the North West Camera: http://dropc.am/p/wXpSkA

😎 Camera-1: Personally, we’ve installed four DropCam Pro cameras. Camera 1 is mounted showing the scenery outside our Balcony for our Boca Raton residence. Ever wonder what’s going on at Home, weather-wise, while away on business or vacation. Plus, Camera-1 shows a Balcony view that would show someone jumping our railing, in the event the bad-guys attempt entry through our balcony.

😎 While Buffalo, NY is under 70″ of Snow, our weather is 70ΒΊ and light-rain here (the image above) in the sub-tropics of south Florida. As to the camera’s settings, I’ve turned off the “Night Vision” function, which stops the emission of infrared light to assist the Camera when in total darkness. Since the imagery is in a City environment, there is plenty of street and building lights, illuminating the scene.

😎 Camera-2: The Front-Door, opening into the living room and dining room is strategically placed in DropCam’s view, to show the main rooms, with a very clear, unobstructed view of the inside of the Front Door. One of the amazing features of the DropCam Pro coupled to the iPad/iPhone App is the ability to Zoom for a tighter view capturing the precise angle-of-view best suited for your physical layout. Since DropCam Pro utilizes a 3-million pixel imager, there are plenty of pixels when zooming.

😎 Camera-3: This camera is mounted in the Library, high and towards the windows, so that the scene is side-lighted. If the camera was mounted to the opposite wall, then the windows would be in the camera’s view, disrupting the exposure for the room’s contents. The electronic-zoom feature, makes filling the frame an easy chore, just be sure the camera is tilted for a perspective with the properly leveled horizon.

😎 Notice the cube-shaped Box with a Blue Top in the image above – this is DropCam Pro’s retail box which includes the Camera, an Aluminum stand, a 10 foot USB cable used to power the Camera, and a USB Charger providing 5VDC @ 2A to power the Camera, plus three hollow-wall anchors and three screws to mount the aluminum frame.

😎 Camera-4: The Kitchen, a galley-layout is shown with the entryway in view, in the event someone pass in the hallway towards the back rooms. This camera is also mounted high rendering a wide-view. In order to make these camera installations as aesthetic as possible, I’ve surrounded the camera with fall-leaves and lizards.

😎 As you can see, we’ve not really attempted to hide the cameras; however, we’d rather not have them become annoyingly obvious, hanging on the walls in plain view. If you wanted to hide the cameras from reasonable view, the Camera unit, without the mountings, is about 40mm in diameter and 30mm high. This small footprint is capable of being hidden from view.

😎 When using DropCam’s Software, notice the 4-camera views on the iPad. by taping onto one of the 4 window-segments, it opens into a full screen image of that Camera’s view.

😎 DropCam’s software is quite easy to use, and makes connecting to the internet safe, easy, and secure, particularly if you use your iPhone to make the connections using the iPhone App and using the bluetooth connectivity that is built into the DropCam and in the iPhone. DropCam has made this installation effortless and simple. Normally, this process can be annoying and tedious.

😎 DropCam’s software permits you to capture a full resolution image with the touch of a button. You can also clip some of the streaming video too.

😎 DropCam is particularly friendly for iPad and iPhone viewing (plus Tablet and Android) and use. Notice in the image below, all four cameras may be visualized continuously on my iPad, in four windows stacked 2-by-2. By tapping onto one of the 4 panes, it will open to full screen, full resolution live-streaming display viewing.

😎 The Software is very easy to set up and install, and it is also is very comprehensive with features, such as “Activity Zones.” This is a feature that permits you to outline a particular portion of your room’s View Image. For example, with our living room, I’ve created two Activity Zones outlining our Front Door and the Walkway from the Living Room to the Hallway to the back-rooms.

😎 ACTIVITY ZONES: Notice the two activity zones, the RED outline of our Front Door, and a Green outline that highlights the walkway from our living room to the hallway to our back-rooms. When someone Opens the Front Door and passes into our Home, the DropCam Pro’s software makes notice of the change in the video image, and sends to our iPhones and iPads Alert-messages.

😎 In the graphics, notice the current five notifications that was sent from DropCam’s system notifying my iPhone that (message #1, someone passed in the Hallway as seen from the Kitchen Camera, and message #2 that someone then entered the Kitchen area.

😎 The Notifications are coupled to DropCam’s cloud based streaming-video storage and retrieval capability. Simply once this capability is activated, the DropCam software system will retain the “most current week” actually the most current 168 hours of video streaming. This means that one may look back 168 hours at any time. DropCam also has a 720 hour look-back option which gives the user a full 30 days of stored video-streaming.

😎 DropCam’s secure video-streaming may be is annotated with the movements of people and pets that may be moving around one’s premises, that is in view of the Camera[s]. DropCam charges $9.95/month for 168-hours of current video retention, or $99/year for ONE Camera’s video. This represents quite a good value, as you do not need YOUR computer and left ON 24 hours a day, every day, dedicated to this chore; nor do you need to increase your computer’s HD disk-drive to hold all this video imaging storage, not to mention the software necessary to deliver the features provided by DropCam’s system.

😎 Internet Outages and Power Outages: A common occurrence in our society is the occasional WiFi being down, because of the Internet provider such as Xfinity, or WiFi’s failure because of the Power outage because of weather or other issue with FP&L, for example. In south Florida, weekly we experience issues with either of these providers.

😎 Internet Connectivity and Power issues, effect DropCam Cameras, WiFi, and their recording capabilities. Whether the power goes out, the WiFi goes down, or the Internet is Down, once one or more of these issues are resolved, DropCam’s cameras securely re-connect to your Router, as does the WiFi, as does your in-Home Router; therefore all of these functions will automatically commence video-streaming, whether you are present or out of town.

😎 Internet Connectivity and Power issues, effect Traditional HD Video Cameras, WiFi, and your PC based local-recording capabilities. Once power is lost, the PC shuts down as does the WiFi Router and Modem. Once power is restored, the HD Cameras, the PC, Router and Modem may power-up and restart; however, the software operating your local-based PC video recording may not self-start, unless you have specifically dedicated one of your Computers, solely to store streaming-video from one or more HD video cameras. This type of PC based setup is relatively expensive to purchase and maintain.

😎 Solution, DropCam’s subscription for $9.95/month resolves these issues, and permits DropCam to store/retrieve the digital data and maintain the software.

😎 DropCam also provides a 50% discount if you desire to retain another 168-hours of video from your 2nd, or 3rd camera, so that would be $15/month or $150/year, for two cameras housing the most current 336 hours of HDTV imaging.

😎 The DropCam storage plans are optional and not requited. If you elect not to store any video history, the DropCam cameras will deliver Live HDTV digital-streaming video to any of your devices locally and world-wide, password protected; however, you will not be able to view what occurred minute ago, an hour ago, or a day or two ago. DropCam’s subscription for $9.95/month resolves these issues, and permits DropCam to store/retrieve 168-hours (7-days) of digital data and maintain the software for one DropCam HDTV camera. If you desired a current 30-days, or 720-hours of current video retrieval is available. DropCam charges $29.95/month for the 1st camera, or a single payment of $300/year, for 30-days of video retrieval. For either of the iCloud storage plans, Pay at the beginning of the year and get 12 months for the price of 10. Buy iCloud storage for the 2nd camera, and pay 50% more.

😎 Personal Opinion: The DropCameras are a very high quality compact device, that is very easy to install, hide, place anywhere you’d desire. The only wired-connection is the USB wire that connects to the camera to the plug-in wall “Power” both of which are included in the kit.

😎 At first glance, $9.95/month is really quite a bargain, particularly since there is such a huge volume of HDTV digital-data, plus the management of unlimited number 1920×1080 pixel still-image captures, the video clips that may be created, and the Activity Zones that one may create and change from time to time.

😎 Important Prerequisites: This system requires a fast Internet Connection to handle the streaming-video emitting from one or more cameras. DropCam states that about 1 mega-bit/second is needed to run one camera. Many high speed connections are from 2.0 to over 100 mega-bites/second considering upload and download speeds.

😎 WiFi Up-Load Specifications: Our Xfinity/Comcast connection relatively fast; However, its the UPLOAD speed that counts when sending digital-streaming to DropCam’s servers. Since our Xfinity connection is running presently at 9.47mbps UpLoad (9.47 mega-bites per second), about 2.5mbps of our upload-bandwidth is consumed with our 4 DropCam cameras.

😎 ONE More thing about DropCam Pro: I’ve been studying and evaluating TV cameras and HDTV camera surveillance and nursery systems for almost 30 years. Finally DropCam has designed and delivered to the general public a true HDTV camera/lens system that has image detail usable for law enforcement and arrest of a perpetrator.

😎 DropCam Pro for personal and infant/kids rooms, DropCam is spectacular for watching the little ones, late-night with the camera’s high-power ring of infrared LED lights, that surround the camera’s Lens, which literally illuminates an entire 18’x18′ room.

😎 DropCam Pro For Commercial use: Its very easy to imagine using these cameras for Restaurants, Retail stores, and Businesses, as they are easy to install, assuming you have a premium WiFi network, access to 120v AC to power the camera with the provided 10 foot USB cable (which can be extended) and 5v DC power adapter, both are included in the retail Box.

😎 DropCam Pro Specifications: The following are the specifications of the HDTV video camera, the information abstracted from the product packaging
😎 Dimensions 4.5″x3.15″x3.15″
😎 Wight 5.7oz or 162gm
😎 Power 5v DC at 2.0A
😎 Camera Unit Color with digital zoom
😎 Video H.264 encoding, up to 1080p HD at 30fps
😎 Field of View 130º Lens diagonal
😎 Audio Speaker and Microphone for 2-way communication
😎 Night Vision Night-time illumination by high-power infrared LEDs

😎 DropCam Pro Specifications: The following are the system requirements to operate the HDTV video camera, the information abstracted from the product packaging
😎 High Speed Internet DSL, Cable, FiOS
😎 Wireless Network 802.11 b/g/n with WEP, WPA, WPA2 encryption
😎 Internet Browser Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari or Chrome
😎 Optionally with iPad, iPhone, or Android devices
😎 In The BOX DropCam HD Camera, Aluminum stand, Wall mounting hardware, 10 foot USB wire, USB power adapter, quick-start guide



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