Doorbells, home security cameras and locks among consumer biometric devices at CES 2020

Doorbells, home security cameras and locks among consumer biometric devices at CES 2020

The number and range of consumer and enterprise devices featuring biometrics at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has continued to expand at the 2020 event. Blurams, ADT, abode systems, Hampton, Tapplock, Samsung, Orbbec, and Swann are all launching or displaying biometric products at CES 2020, in addition to the various other application categories well-represented this year, such as automotive and smartphones.

Smart home security cameras and doorbells

Blurams is at CES 2020 with a newly-launched smart doorbell with facial recognition capabilities that it says can alert homeowners if a courier delivery or a friend is at the door, TalkAndroid reports. The device also provides sound and motion detection, 2-way talk, and a siren alarm. Facial recognition is performed in real-time, and data is stored in the Blurams Cloud, which the company claims featured financial industry-grade encryption. Up to 16 people can be registered in the app.

ADT has unveiled the first three products in its Blue by ADT line, smart cameras for outdoors, indoors, and doorbells, with DIY networking capabilities, according to Engadget, which reports the line is the result of ADT’s acquisition of LifeShield in 2019.

The cameras can be self-monitored or linked to a subscription service, live and recorded footage can be reviewed through an app, and the doorbell sends push notifications and a voice announcement from an Alexa-enabled device when someone comes to the door. The cameras are available for pre-order, and cost $199.

DIY smart home security company abode systems has a new smart camera for both indoor and outdoor use, operating on its own or as part of a larger abode security system. The company says its Outdoor/Indoor Smart Camera’s computer vision functions can tell authorized users apart from unauthorized ones, but also differentiate strangers and intruders.

The camera is roughly half the size of a deck of cards, and can be integrated with a larger abode system to leverage CUE, the company’s advanced automation engine, to define and perform smart home and security scenarios. The new device also features an IR LED for low light, a built-in microphone and speaker for two-way communication, a light sensor and a wide-angle lens.

Swann released its 2020 smart home lineup which includes a wireless home security camera for both indoor and outdoor use, and a wireless video doorbell.

The Swann Wire-Free Security Camera features 1080p video, wide 180-degree viewing angle, 2-way talk and optional facial recognition capabilities for up to 10 people at no extra cost. The camera has onboard memory and will continue to record even if the power or internet is down. The Swann Wire-Free Video Doorbell & Chime features HD video, wide 180-degree viewing angle, 10-person facial recognition and two-way talk features. The devices can be managed through the Swann Security app and video feeds can be stored for free locally on compatible DVRs or NVRs, and backed up on Swann’s cloud server.

Physical and logical access control

3D camera manufacturer Orbbec is demonstrating implementations that recognize people and objects for applications from robotics to AI and gaming to retail checkout at CES. Prominent among them is smart lock with facial recognition and liveness detection, the company suggests is effective for business, home, or hotel use. The smart lock identifies individuals in one to two seconds, and enables keyless door access with financial-grade security, according to the announcement.

Orbbec also provides the 3D camera used for facial recognition by an Oppo smartphone, as well as a self-checkout solution with facial biometrics by Elo.

BenjiLock By Hampton has introduced a line of deadbolt locks with fingerprint biometrics for exterior home doors with two styles. The Livia Deadbolt comes in connected and unconnected versions, and can be locked and unlocked through the Array By Hampton app, while the Luca Deadbolt is unconnected, and has been honored as a 2020 CES Innovation Award Honoree for the Smart Home category. The connected version works with, but does not require, smart hubs and digital assistants from Amazon, Google, and Apple.

Each can also be unlocked with a user code or traditional key, and each features a Grade 2 deadbolt resistant to picks, bumps and drills. The locks are expected to retail for between $139 and $229.

Tapplock, meanwhile, has released a new line of fingerprint-enabled smart padlocks designed for enterprise customers, and is showing them off at CES. The padlocks open in 0.8 seconds with fingerprint biometrics, compared to regular padlocks which can take as long as 15 seconds, according to the announcement, and can also be opened with Bluetooth via the Tapplock app, or by Morse code. Fingerprint access can be revoked remotely with the company’s software.

The company will also debut a charging dock and custom shackle length options, and will show off its Tapplock one+ and Tapplock lite consumer padlocks, and the Tapplock box 2.0 enrollment device, with a rechargeable battery lasting 500 days and AES encryption.

On the logical access side, Samsung has launched a new pocket-sized external solid state drive with fingerprint biometric security at CES 2020, where it has been recognized with a CES 2020 Innovation Award. The T7 Touch features 1,050MB/s read and 1,000MB/s write speeds, and AES 256-bit encryption. The new SSD has a sleek, compact design, according to the announcement, and leverages the USB 3.2 Gen 2 standard for the fastest transfer speeds available.

The device offers a speed upgrade of double its T5 predecessor and 9.5 times faster than external HDDs, the company says. The T7 Touch is offered in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB storage capacities, making it suitable for a wide range of uses, at an MSRP of $129.99 to $399.99.

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