CES 2016: Netatmo Announces 'Presence' Security Camera That Can Detect Cars, People and Animals

Netatmo, the company behind products like the Welcome Smart Home camera and the Personal Weather Station, today announced its latest product, a smart outdoor security camera it's calling Presence. Presence is able to detect and distinguish between cars, people, and animals using a deep learning algorithm.

When installed outside, the camera can let home owners know if there's a pet in the yard, a car in the driveway, or a person loitering outside the house. It is smart enough to be able to tell the difference between objects, alerting users with smart notifications if something unusual is detected. Most security cameras are not quite as sophisticated and are only able to detect motion.

Presence includes infra-red night vision for monitoring in low-light conditions, and it has an integrated smart floodlight that comes on when needed to capture bright color videos even in the middle of the night. The light can also be used as a motion-activated light to deter unwanted visitors. It has a 100 degree field of view, a 20 meter detection range, and it is weatherproof.

Like many security cameras, Presence uses smart zones to filter out common movements. Users can select specific areas for monitoring, such as the front door or a backyard gate. Whenever motion is detected within a smart zone, Presence will send an optional notification. Presence stores data locally on an internal Micro SD card and is able to transfer recorded footage to a personal FTP server.

Netatmo's aim is to make Presence easy to install, so it is able to connect to an existing outdoor light socket. Once installed, it connects to a user's home Wi-Fi network and is able to stream live footage over an encrypted connection to an iOS device using the accompanying app.

Netatmo plans to begin selling Presence in the third quarter of 2016. Pricing has not yet been announced.