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BBC “Caught Red Handed” shows how HomeMonitor stopped office burglar

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

BBC TV series “Caught Red Handed” visits Y-cam HomeMonitor customer Andy Price to learn how his setup stopped a burglar in his tracks

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Andy Price, Managing Director of Watford-based IT recruitment company ITSS Recruitment, decided to install a HomeMonitor cloud recording camera after falling victim to a burglary which resulted in expensive equipment being stolen from his office. His remarkable story prompted BBC One TV series “Caught Red Handed” to visit him and find out what happened next.

This is more than a standard CCTV system…

“In the first incident, one of our computers was stolen, and with a £1500 value plus the time and work lost, spending money on a security camera seemed like a no-brainer. The reason I bought the HomeMonitor camera was because of its free remote access and recording facility, which meant no one can get the footage, even if they damaged the camera.”

Instant alert to his mobile phone

While sitting at home one evening watching television, Andy received an alert from his HomeMonitor camera to notify him that there was motion in the office. When he logged onto the HomeMonitor app, he saw a burglary live in progress, with an unidentified person having broken in to his premises and in the process of stealing his valuable equipment.

Andy said: “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing! Here I was watching the crime being committed live as if I was in the same room. I knew I had to contact the police and tell them there was a crime taking place at that very moment. Actually seeing it happening in front of me was unnerving, but I felt more empowered knowing I could do something about it.”

Watching his every move on camera

“Within 4 minutes of the call being made to us, we had officers at the building; surrounding the building,” said Detective Constable Julie Vint from Hertfordshire Constabulary. Outside, Andy has arrived onsite and allowed the Police to watch live pictures of the burglary taking place from his device.

“Andy’s gadgets have made this job for us, you’re there and you can see the person there, and you’re thinking “we’re gonna get him, we’re gonna get him!” commented DC Vint. After making a futile escape attempt, the office burglar was apprehended by officers.

“We got back all our computers and equipment he tried to steal” said Andy, “The Y-cam HomeMonitor does everything I want it to do”.

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Better than CCTV

Police later found out that the suspect was also responsible for the previous break-in, as well as another burglary in the area. The burglar received a sentence of 2 years in prison.

“It’s all very well having CCTV, but often this only helps the next morning when you visit your office to find it empty, but Andy has it straight to his mobile phone, and because of that, we were there within minutes.” commented DC Vint.

But it’s Andy and his staff who are most appreciative for the Y-cam HomeMonitor system; “I can’t be more grateful for it, £150, and we caught the guy red handed”.

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HomeMonitor launches its Kindle Fire App – download now

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Control your HomeMonitor cameras from anywhere using the free HomeMonitor app for Kindle Fire

HomeMonitor for Amazon Kindle

HomeMonitor is the latest product from Y-cam; an easy to install cloud camera that is focused on ease of use, accessibility across multiple devices and platforms, and most importantly, offering all customers free storage of their clips on secure internet servers at no extra cost. This 7 day rolling recording storage stores unlimited clips, securely offsite away from your property, and allows users to access, view and download from any internet connected device.

Unlike Y-cam IP cameras (such as our successful Cube, Bullet, and Knight models), HomeMonitor cameras work automatically out of the box with our dedicated cloud server, meaning that there is no need to configure the camera across your network to access the internet, worrying about IP or network settings, and remote viewing is as easy as logging in to your account.

Available in three models, Indoor (our entry-level VGA camera), HD (our best-selling HD camera) and HD Pro (an outdoor weatherproof camera delivering outstanding HD), all of the HomeMonitor cameras come with night vision and Wi-Fi, and include our unique 7 days free rolling cloud storage for all your clips in your secure personal account.

Already available on an extensive range of platforms including PC, Mac, iOS, Android and Windows Phone and Roku media streaming players, the surge of Kindle ownership now allows us to reach an even wider range of users.

Now available to download, HomeMonitor for Kindle Fire mirrors the features available from the HomeMonitor web dashboard, allowing users to control their cameras and settings from anywhere. Users can either watch live footage or an archive of recorded clips – these clips being recorded when movement is detected. Users of the app can also get alerts on their Kindle whenever motion is detected.

HomeMonitor for Kindle Fire is available to download now or search HomeMonitor on Amazon App Store.

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Firmware update makes ONVIF compatible with Y-cam Cube.

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

New firmware upgrade brings ONVIF compatibility to all Y-cam Cube IP cameras. Available to download and install today.

Our 2nd Generation of Bullet cameras have had ONVIF compatibility for some time, and have already had a fantastic reception from security conscious users who wanted to integrate Y-cam cameras in to their security systems. Today, Y-cam brings ONVIF compatibility to our popular Y-cam Cube range of professional IP cameras.

Y-cam ONVIF IP cameras

ONVIF is an industry standard for the interface of IP-based physical security products – ensuring interoperability between products regardless of manufacturer. For Y-cam owners, this allows you to have a far greater choice of software, devices and systems you use with your Y-cam camera, giving you increased flexibility and greater freedom of choice.

Thanks to the standard laid down by ONVIF, direct integration with software and hardware using the custom Y-cam stream URLs and commands is no longer needed for devices to start talking to each other. Even though Y-cam cameras are already compatible with a wide range of software, NVR/NAS drives , online services, and home automation, ONVIF opens up a whole new tranche of compatibility – including market-leading software such as Milestone Xprotect Go (free), exacqVision, MilesightLuxriot, and new storage drives from the likes of AVTechACTi NVR, and AVerMedia.

This new Cube firmware, version 5.67, also improves wireless performance of the cameras, as well as fixes several bugs found. Download now.

Features Added:

  • ONVIF 1.02/2.00/2.01/2.02
  • Updated Wireless drivers – improves WiFi performance

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed schedule resets
  • Option to add file name to FTP periodic and Alarm sending
  • Other minor bug fixes and performance improvements

Firmware 5.67 is only compatible with Y-cam Cube cameras; Y-cam Cube (YCW005/YCB005), Y-cam Cube HD 720 (YCWHD5/YCBHD5) and Y-cam Cube HD 1080 (YCWHD6/YCBHD6). Please do not attempt to upgrade any other Y-cam IP cameras with this firmware. Download the new firmware from our Product Downloads page.

Upgrade your Cube camera

Locate the model of your Cube camera (on the reverse of the camera, or in the Admin) and download your compatible firmware. If you have any problems or concerns when upgrading please do not hesitate to contact us through our Support Centre. We also have a firmware upgrade guide available as an article.

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Make an extra connection with Dad this Father’s Day with HomeMonitor

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Best Fathers Day Gift 2014

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and according to The Independent newspaper, our HomeMonitor HD is one of the 10 best tech gifts for 2014! The Independent said, “This is possibly the most dad-ish gift we’ve come across: the HomeMonitor is a wireless security camera, which, with the help of a handy mobile phone app and cloud services, means they can check in on their home, car, or booze cabinet wherever they are in the world“. Sounds convincing to us! Find out more about why HomeMonitor is the perfect gift for Dad.

To make getting hold of a HomeMonitor even easier this Father’s Day, we’re giving everyone a free delivery coupon code for any orders you place until Monday 16th June 2014, so you can buy a gift for that special someone, or even treat yourself.

Get FREE next day delivery on any HomeMonitor order
Use coupon code LOVEDAD at homemonitor.me

Terms and conditions: Order by 1pm Thursday 12/06/14 for delivery on Friday 13/06/14 for Father’s Day. Coupon code valid for UK mainland order sent by UPS Next Day only. Valid until midnight on 16/06/14. E&OE.

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Weatherproof HomeMonitor HD Pro camera delivers outdoor security with free online video storage

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

HomeMonitor HD Pro

Weatherproof HD camera for HomeMonitor now available; 720p, better quality video & audio, easier to install, Power over Ethernet, cheaper price!

Y-cam is proud to announce the latest camera in its HomeMonitor range – HomeMonitor HD Pro – a brand new outdoor camera that includes Wi-Fi, Power over Ethernet and wonderful HD video in to one fantastic product.

Just like other HomeMonitor cameras, footage is streamed and saved through a dedicated cloud video platform, allowing the product to offer simple setup, easy access to multiple cameras, alerts and notifications, plus our unique off-site storage of motion clips for the last 7 days. This latest addition gives users the ability to monitor their homes inside or out, in high definition, all under one account.

Following on from its successful predecessor, we have incorporated new features based on feedback gathered directly from our growing customer base that sees the HomeMonitor HD Pro model offer a number of improved features compared to the HomeMonitor Outdoor model including; high quality video and audio, even easier installation, Power over Ethernet (PoE), a smaller compact design and an even more competitive price.

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Housed inside an IP66-rated casing, the HomeMonitor HD Pro camera captures crisp 720p HD quality video footage from its high definition FarFocus™ lens, delivering an optimal outdoors view and improved low light visibility. For night time surveillance, the HD Pro comes equipped with 24 IR LEDs delivering powerful infrared night vision up to 10m. It also features a high-specification microphone for improved audio quality, as well as a cable-managed wall mount for an easier and neater outdoor installation.

Free online recording – completely unique to all HomeMonitor cameras

In line with all cameras in the Y-cam HomeMonitor range, the HD Pro offers free cloud storage for the last seven days in a personal cloud account, secured with bank-level encryption. In the event of a break-in, the motion-generated video is safely stored off-site and can be downloaded for evidence, even if an intruder attempts to remove or destroy the camera.  In addition, the HD Pro can be viewed live anytime from anywhere with a fixed or mobile internet connection and will automatically send an alert, by email or push notification, whenever motion is detected according to the users recording schedule.

Devin Chawda, CEO of Y-cam said: “We’ve listened to our customers’ feedback and developed a more advanced product that is now even easier to install compared to our older model, and offers instant external home security. During our pre-launch testing, 8 out of 10 users installed this camera themselves without the need for professional security installers, saving them hundreds of pounds in installation costs. We are the only technology company outside of the US offering smart home camera technology like this, and the only company to offer fully integrated indoor and outdoor cameras supported with a cloud storage solution that works out of the box.

HomeMonitor HD Pro

HD outdoor security – available now!

HomeMonitor HD Pro, which is fully compatibility alongside older HomeMonitor models, costs £199.99 (inc. VAT) / $279.99 (exc. Taxes) and is available to purchase today from  www.homemonitor.me and Amazon. Check out a live demo camera on the HomeMonitor website.

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