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Understanding the ‘Internet of Things’ – How does it work?

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

If you are interested in the growing trend of ‘Connected Home’ or the buzz word ‘Internet of Things’ you may already be clued up on the market shift, however if the idea of having your life intertwined together with technology is new to you we have a few great tips to help get you started.

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What does it all mean?

Connecting your ‘stuff’ to the internet has been an emerging trend for a while, we have seen the pickup of the Connected Home and Smart Home grow for a while, if you read our blog you’ll know it’s something we’re incredibly interested in, however this market has seen a sudden burst of activity which is getting everyone excited.

This growth is primarily down to three core factors:

1.       Money – It’s now cheaper than ever to design, create and develop products and software that can slot into this growing segment.
2.       We’re all wireless - The growth of Wi-Fi connections, 3G and 4G plus acceptance of mobiles have created a Wireless hub.
3.       Cloud technology – The ability to transmit and save large amounts of data makes it possible to keep people connected.

Over the last year, companies have been cropping up in all aspects of the market, including our new cloud camera HomeMonitor, and this trend is sure to continue growing. Tech Crunch produced an overview image (below) of the current market infrastructure and this is only the beginning.

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How can I get started?

Creating your own connected home may seem a daunting task, however there are a few easy products that will help ease you in.

  • Sonos music player offers Wi-Fi speakers and a streaming playlist which can be accessed through mobile apps starting at £349.99.
  • Control your temperature with the Nest thermometer when you’re at home and when you’re away. (USA only – $249.99)
  • Why not start with a Roku streaming box at only £39.99 and have entry level media streaming.
  • See your home where ever you are with our new cloud camera, HomeMonitor (£149.99), listed by TechCrunch as a great place to start.

What does the future hold?

These are four small ways to dip your toe into the ‘Internet of Things’ and, with the growth seen over the past year, there will soon be a million of ways you can connect to your world. The space is extraordinarily exciting, however it is still rapidly evolving so we should expect to see dramatic changes over the next few months and years.

To learn more about the current offering, read TechCrunch’s article ‘Understanding the Internet of Things’: http://techcrunch.com/2013/05/25/making-sense-of-the-internet-of-things/


Visit Y-cam and ASUSTOR at COMPUTEX 2013

Monday, May 27th, 2013

The world’s second largest ICT trade show is only a mere few weeks away and for those of us that like to keep our ear to the ground on the latest technology then COMPUTEX ASIA is the show for you; packed full of industry leaders, new and exciting developments and, of course, Y-cam.

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COMPUTEX TAIPEI is currently the largest computer exhibition in Asia with over 17,000 exhibitors and 130,000 visitors and boasts one of the largest international attendances. Offering worldwide trade, professionals, analysts and journalists from the computer and information industry – a fantastic opportunity to experience the latest technology and trends emerging from the market – it is not hard to see why people are drawn to COMPUTEX.

Taking place from June 4th – 8th at Taipei World Trade Center, COMPUTEX will be highlighting the best companies, services and products in computers, digital entertainment and data storage, plus offering seminars on emerging topics including the popular trend of the Internet of Things.

During the show, Y-cam will be present on ASUSTOR’s booth, our newly announced partner, highlighting our compatible camera, including our new Cube range, with their fantastic NAS storage solutions. To come and see the solution for yourself and ask any questions, visit us in the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Centre 4th Floor, Booth L0404.

To see a full list of exhibitors at this year’s show, visit www.computextaipei.com.tw

Visitor registration is completely free and closes on May 29th so if you are planning on attending make sure your visit their registration page here: https://computex.leadexpo.com/EN-index.html.

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Y-cam Cube range – Firmware update

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

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We released our Y-cam Cube range cameras early this year and over the past few months we’ve received some great feedback; both confirming the quality of our new cameras plus identifying a few niggling first release bugs. This fantastic feedback, from our reseller community and customers alike, has enabled us to update this range’s firmware, confirming the Cube as our best internal camera to date.

Features added

  • New user interface offering streamlined initial set-up and on-going use.
  • General bug fixes and stability improvements

All Cube cameras shipping now will already be operating with this firmware version, however we strongly advise all customers that have previously purchased any of our Y-cam Cube range cameras to upgrade to this latest firmware.

This firmware 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. If using a different Y-cam camera range please ensure your Y-cam IP camera is operating with the latest firmware by visiting our download page, www.y-cam.com/product-downloads.

Download now

Locate the model of your Cube camera below and follow the link to download your compatible firmware today. If you have any problems or concerns when upgrading please do not hesitate to contact us.

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For more information on our Cube cameras continue reading “Secure your home in HD with the small & sleek Y-cam Cube

 

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Y-cam Wi-Fi cameras featured on BBC1′s ‘Caught red handed’ TV show

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

New series, ‘Caught red handed‘, featured on BBC1, is must see for those of us that either are interesting in new immerging security technologies and criminals getting their just deserts.

Throughout the whole series, presenter Dom Littlewood and his team of experts are looking at clever new methods the police and public are using to catch criminals and protect their homes, belongings and businesses. As you can imagine this is high up on our weekly watch list, so you can guess our surprise when none other than our very own Y-cam home security cameras pop onto the screen.

During last week’s episode, aired Thursday 14th March 11am, Mr Wallis and his partner are filmed talking about the measures they took to securing there home, plus their equipment of choice; we we’re thrilled to see our Y-cam IP cameras were featured.

You can watch a clip of Y-cam on the big screen below, or if you want to catch up on the full series (which we would recommend) head on over to BBC iPlayer for all previous episodes thus far.

Y-cam featured on BBC1’s ‘Caught red handed’:

More information on Mr Wallis’ instaltion continue reading ‘Capturing criminals in the act‘.

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Security camera prediction and trends for 2013 – What do you want from your Wi-Fi camera?

Monday, March 11th, 2013

A report published by IMS Research clearly highlighted the key trends and customer requirements for home and small business Wi-Fi security cameras in 2013. High definition home security cameras, simple installations & easy to operate, mobile video streaming and on-board camera & online cloud storage are all some of the focus points this year.

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Top security camera trends for 2013

 

HD Security Cameras

HD is always increasing in popularity and with advancements in Wi-Fi and compression technology, this requirement is now not unachievable for home users. IMS Research predicted that last year HD models would out sell VGA and we ensured our offering met these demands with the release of our Cube HD models, available in 720p and 1080p (released Spring 2013). Both realistically offer HD security to all with advanced Wi-Fi technology and H.264 compression, making them suitable from home installations.

Mobile Video Streaming

Year on year smartphone and tablet sales increase, therefore it is not surprising that video mobile streaming is a key requirement. Ether directly from a web browser or through dedicated applications, for most it is necessary to access their world on the go, no matter where they may be.

Keep it Simple

The technology market in general is crowded, so if home monitoring and security cameras want a place, IMS Research predict that they need to ‘keep it simple’. With focus on products that are easy to install, easy to operate and easy to maintain; a motto Y-cam understands. We have always strived to keep our solutions as simple as possible and, with the release of HomeMonitor, simple set-up and remote access are now achievable for all.

On-board Camera & Online Cloud Storage

IMS research predicts that storage options will be the next step most security providers will take over the coming year due to the increase in customer demand of this new technology. Cloud and online storage is going to be a big trend over the next few years, while others companies will look to provide advanced on-camera recording.

Getting ahead of the curve, the majority of Y-cam professional IP cameras already offer on-camera recording and our latest range, the Cube, saw a huge leap in technology advancements and now supports up to 64GB of data recording, translating to 90hours of HD recording, plus is compatible with a huge variety of 3rd party cloud storage providers.

In addition to this, HomeMonitor offers users 7 days free online storage with every camera. The dedicated camera and account not only provide 24/7 security, alerts and free instant mobile streaming but also no-subscription online recording for 7 days, rolling.

 

For more information on IMS Research and their 2013 predictions for the security market, visit www.imsresearch.com.

To find out about HomeMonitor visit www.homemonitor.me or Y-cam professional cameras click through to our product range at www.y-cam.com/product-range.

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