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The Vacuum Cleaning CCTV Camera

How LG’s Hom-Bot Turbo+ combines the functions of robotic vacuum cleaning and a CCTV camera

Robot vacuum cleaning and CCTV image by Olga Miltsova (via Shutterstock).
A robotic vacuum cleaner which, doubled with a CCTV camera, could be a nifty security system. Image by Olga Miltsova (via Shutterstock).

With the technological direction of travel, the changes to LG’s new version of the Hom-Bot robotic vacuum cleaner should come as no surprise. If you are familiar with robotic vacuum cleaners like the Roomba, they use cameras and motion sensors for vacuum cleaning. You might have they use similar technology to home security systems.

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Would You Buy an Amazon Security Camera?

Could Amazon’s new security camera complement Echo?

A typical security camera for the home. Image by Praphab Louilarpprasert (via Shutterstock).
A typical security camera for the home or office, unlike Amazon’s forthcoming design which resembles a 1950s radio microphone. Image by Praphab Louilarpprasert (via Shutterstock).

Earlier this month, it has been revealed that Amazon will be releasing its first security camera. At this moment, there is a number of home CCTV systems that work with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. If Amazon’s own device doesn’t complement its Echo system, we will be very surprised indeed.

Details of the product have already been leaked on the AFTVnews website. From their picture, it looks very promising. Instead of the hemispherical look of typical home CCTV systems, the Amazon CCTV camera looks like a 1950s radio mike. Despite looking like something that Pete Murray would have used on Radio Luxembourg, there are two built-in mics at the top and mics on each corner. It has a pivoting base.

Once we find out about its release date and prices, we shall keep you informed. This may be a future post on our blog.

CPPM Locksmiths, 14 March 2017.

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Are Hackers Watching You On CCTV?

How hackers have infiltrated private CCTV and baby listening equipment

Laptop Home CCTV Hackers image
Watching You, Watching Us: could underworld hackers be stalking you from an insecure home CCTV system? Image by Africa Studio (via Shutterstock).

It’s 11.30 am in the Big Brother house, and Colin is enjoying a nice mug of Yorkshire Tea. His housemate, Penny is talking about the good times of Noel Edmonds’ career with reference to his Saturday night behemoth, Noel’s House Party.

“That Noel’s House Party, great Saturday night viewing. Mr. Blobby, the Gotcha Oscars, Grab-a-Grand, the gunge tank, NTV…”
“Penny, if you don’t mind me asking: do you have the feeling we are being watched? Like on NTV?”

Big Brother has gone beyond the prophecies of George Orwell in the excellent novel, 1984. On Channel Five (late of Channel Four on our shores), it is carte blanche to look at the shenanigans of people desperate to get on TV (or to relaunch their career). Amid the hubbub of Endemol’s famous televisual import, somebody else could be watching a different version. Right now, underworld hackers could be watching Big Brother: Abingdon Edition. Continue reading Are Hackers Watching You On CCTV?

CCTV on your phone - thanks to Alfred.

Introducing Alfred: Android Based CCTV

How Google’s OS, and Alfred, can help to secure your home

CCTV on your phone - thanks to Alfred.
Turn two of your smartphones into a CCTV system, using the Alfred app. Image by Maksim Kabakou/Shutterstock.

Sometimes, having appropriate locks on your doors and windows isn’t enough to secure your home. You can also mark your valuables with a security pen, detailing your name, address and postcode. Another common way to secure your home includes CCTV, but systems can either be over-engineered or expensive for smaller properties. Taking its name from Batman’s butler is the Alfred app, a low-cost solution powered by two Android devices. Continue reading Introducing Alfred: Android Based CCTV

Could Smart Alarms make our home more vulnerable?

Scandal of the Not So Smart Alarms

How smart alarms are probably not all they’re cracked up to be

Could Smart Alarms make our home more vulnerable?
Cyber criminal image by Benoit Daoust/Shutterstock.

They have been sold as a state-of-the-art alternative to metal locking systems and bog-standard burglar alarms. Thanks to the internet and global packet radio systems, a digitally controlled security system is affordable for households and businesses. They can complement ‘traditional’ Yale locks and mortice locks and take the place of traditional burglar alarms. Households can switch the burglar alarm on and off with a mobile device. Continue reading Scandal of the Not So Smart Alarms