D-Link HomeKit-Compatible Omna 180 Cam HD Security Camera Announced At CES 2017
D-Link, the Taiwan-based business with a reputation for creating cutting-edge, premium networking products, has used this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to unveil its first intelligent security camera with integrated Apple HomeKit compatibility.
The new product is the first piece of kit in D-Link’s Omna range of hardware and will come with Apple HomeKit support, and as such will be called the D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD.
From a physical design perspective, there isn’t anything earth-shattering or surprising going on with D-Link’s new Omna 180. The intelligence and underlying hardware is all built inside of a cylindrical tower, which is a common design pattern for this product type, and it’s certainly not going to look out of place in any modern home. The tower itself is fitted with a 1080p full-HD camera with an impressive 180-degree field of view. There is also the expected inclusion of two-way audio thanks to the built-in microphone and speaker system to facilitate this functionality.
Like other powerful cameras in this category, the Omna 180 Cam HD comes with motion sensing capabilities that can trigger video recording saved directly to an integrated memory card which means there’s no additional subscription costs payable by the user for cloud-based storage or the likes. There’s also powerful infrared night vision so that any live video is still viewable with minimal lighting or in the evening.
One of the interesting things here, which actually separates it from existing competitors, is that the integrated HomeKit support means consumers will be able to control the Omna 180 Cam HD with an iPhone or iPad, directly from Apple’s iOS 10 Home app, and by using Siri. The HomeKit support also means that D-Link’s latest hardware will also be capable of triggering and invoking Scenes with other HomeKit-enabled products in the same home.
Those who opt to make the purchase will also be able to use a mobile device to instantly monitor what’s going on in the home, no matter where they are in the world. The company has announced that the latest hardware, and the first device in the Omna range, will go on sale during the first quarter 2017 with no specific pricing mentioned.