LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Motorola, Inc. today extended its portfolio
of solutions for monitoring the home, by introducing a new line of IP-based home network cameras and extending the functionality of its award-winning Home Monitoring and Control System with ten new accessories.
The products debuted at the 2005 International CES trade show, where Motorola is showcasing its retail solutions for the “connected home” at booth #8545.
“With the expansion of our solutions for monitoring and controlling the home, consumers have even more ways to stay aware of what’s happening in and around their home — even when they’re not there,” said John Burke, Motorola corporate vice president and general manager, consumer entertainment solutions. “Motorola has further blurred the lines between ‘home’ and ‘away,’ bridging broadband and wireless networks to offer remote control of appliances in the home and real-time information to mobile devices while on the road.”
New Home Network Cameras Can Be Remotely Controlled From A Mobile Phone
A 2005 International CES “Innovations in Design and Engineering” honoree, Motorola Home Network Cameras can send real time video from the home to anywhere on the Internet. Further, consumers can remotely view and change the orientation (pan and tilt) of the camera, directly from a Motorola (or other Internet-capable) mobile phone.
Like other Motorola home monitoring solutions, the Home Network Cameras can record video with sound or still images based on sensor-driven activity, and/or have a notification sent to a mobile phone or email account.
The cameras are easily setup through a simple “installation wizard” that guides consumers through the necessary steps to configure the camera. The products also include access to an Internet naming service that enables customers to view video from their cameras without having to remember a complicated web address.
Motorola Home Network Cameras can join any home network based on the 802.11g wireless
standard, and require a high-speed Internet connection. Two models will be available: the IPC1000 standard camera and the IPC2000, which includes pan and tilt features.
Both cameras are expected to be available in the summer of 2005. For more information,
New Accessories Deliver Enhanced Real-Time Information
Introduced in October 2004 (http://www.motorola.com/mediacenter/news/detail/0,,4771_4067_23,00.html), the Motorola Home Monitoring and Control System is a wireless solution consisting of cameras, environmental sensors, and lighting/appliance controls that work together to provide real-time information about what is happening in your home. The System was honored at the 2005 International CES with an “Innovations in Design and Engineering” Award.
The newly introduced accessories provide even more ways to control and monitor your home.
Each accessory can easily be added to the Home Monitoring System through “one-touch discovery” — a feature that adds the new device to the system simply by pressing a button.
The new accessories include: — Wireless Camera (day and day/night versions) — Enhanced design with faster reacting infrared detection. — Home/Away Keypad Kit and Key Pack — Arm or disarm the System from a keypad-style panel rather than from a PC. — Wireless Power Controller — Turn lights and appliances on/off. — Wireless Table Lamp Controller — Turn any household lamp on/off, or dim a light to a discreet level. — Wireless Garage Door Controller — Remotely open and close a garage door, or monitor the status (open/closed) of the garage door through the System. — Wireless TV Video Controller — View live video and audio from cameras connected to the System on a TV, and switch between video from those cameras with a simple Infrared remote control. — Wireless Portable Display Monitor — Access live video and audio from cameras connected to the System rather than from a PC. — Wireless Motion Sensor — Detect motion with a stand-alone device that also includes an integrated infrared sensor. — Wireless Siren — Sound an audible alert when the System is armed and one of the sensors are triggered. — Wireless Repeater — Extends the communication range of accessories including sensors and control device associated with the System. Updated Software Functionality Expands Options
Motorola also released an updated version of its Home Monitoring and Control Software, designed to support the added functionality of the newly available accessories. The central control point for the System, the updated software now supports up to 3 wired cameras, 12 wireless cameras and 16 other devices.
Other new features include: — “Live” Camera popup window puts real-time video in the forefront — More email accounts supported — send alerts to up to 8 addresses — More text message accounts supported — send alerts to up to 8 accounts — Individual arming and disarming of cameras and sensor devices — Individual power state control for power modules — Individual suspension or activation of scheduled events — Schedule events to occur during specific time frames More Ways to Get Started
Motorola now offers two Starter Kit options for consumers to begin monitoring their homes:
The Video Starter Kit (Model HMEZ1000) includes the Base Station/Gateway, Software, and a Wireless Camera, and has an MSRP of $279.99.
The Security Starter Kit (Model HMCB2000) includes the Base Station/Gateway, Software, Wireless Door/Window Sensor, Wireless Power Controller and Wireless Siren, and has an MSRP of $279.99.
System requirements are: — Intel(R) Pentium(R) 2 Processor or equivalent — Microsoft(R) Windows(R) Me/2000/XP Home/XP Professional or higher — CD-ROM drive — 128 MB of RAM — 45 MB of hard drive space recommended for install files — Up to 500 MB for archives — Available USB port — Broadband Internet connection required for remote notification For more information, visit http://www.motorola.com/homemonitoring .
Motorola is a Fortune 100 global communications leader that provides seamless mobility products and solutions across broadband, embedded systems and wireless networks. In your home, auto, workplace, and all spaces in between, seamless mobility means you can reach the people, things and information you need, anywhere, anytime. Seamless mobility harnesses the power of technology convergence and enables smarter, faster, cost-effective and flexible communication. Motorola had sales of US$27.1 billion in 2003. For more information: http://www.motorola.com/