ADT and LG team up on new security device

ADT has announced that it is working closely with LG to develop an as yet unnamed “Smart Security” product due out at the end of the year. The all-in-one security device is expected to have ADT’s professional monitoring, video recording and storage options, but fall under the LG brand. Specs for the product include a 1080p, 5-mega-pixel camera with a roughly 150-degree field of view and low-light night vision up to about 30 feet.

Live streaming, motion alerts and tamper detection, as well as video and audio analytics are all planned features. Two-way talk, a built-in siren and environmental sensors for tracking temperature, humidity and ambient light readings are also in the works.

According to ADT, the device will support Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Z-Wave and Zigbee — and possibly even more through future updates.

There are only a few all-in-one security products on the shelves today, most notably the $199 Piper Classic and $279 Piper NV by Icontrol and the $249 Canary. While ADT hasn’t released pricing details yet, a representative said that its cost should be in the ballpark of other available retail products. If that’s true, expect LG’s device to set you back somewhere between $200 and $300.

The main thing that differentiates LG’s device from Piper or Canary is the ADT component. While you do have the option to record and store video with Piper and Canary systems, neither one offers professional monitoring services. If one of the devices detects a security breach, it can alert you and sound an alarm — that’s it.
LG and ADT’s new product is supposed to offer contract-free professional monitoring a la DIY kits like Oplink and SimpliSafe, a more realistic service for apartment-dwellers or anyone who doesn’t want to be locked into a term agreement that lasts for years and typically requires a fee for early termination.

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