Tuesday, 26 March 2019 04:12

Arlo's Ultra 4K HDR wireless security cameras finally available worldwide

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An issue with security cameras can be the resolution of what they capture, but with Arlo's new 4K cameras, will your new security resolution be to upgrade to this new model?

Arlo Technologies, which notes that it is the "#1 Internet connected camera brand in the US", has finally announced the worldwide availability of its flagship Arlo Ultra 4K HDR camera system, with "broad distribution at leading retailers".

The new Arlo Ultra cameras feature "advanced 4K HDR video quality with colour night vision, wire-free set-up, a 180-degree diagonal field-of-view, an integrated spotlight and crystal-clear two-way audio with advanced noise cancellation", thus delivering the "ultimate piece of mind for anyone looking to monitor their home or business".

Pricing starts at A$1049 for the 2-camera system which includes "a one-year subscription to Arlo Smart Premier, Arlo’s AI and computer vision powered service that delivers 30-day rolling storage of cloud recordings and personalised detection of people, vehicles, packages and more".

So, what makes Arlo Ultra so advanced?

Well, we're told that it "captures and outputs 4K video quality from the lens to the user, thanks to an advanced image sensor and HDR processing".

"Users will experience enhanced detail and clarity and are able to zoom in on video clips to uncover details such as licence plates and clothing.

"With an expansive 180-degree diagonal field of view, Arlo Ultra delivers one of the widest viewing angles in the wire-free security camera industry, providing users with more flexibility when positioning their camera.

"A powerful LED integrated spotlight illuminates the night, allowing users to see colour in the dark or traditional black and white night vision.

"Arlo Ultra also takes audio quality to the next level for clearer and more natural conversations. Designed with dual-microphones, Arlo Ultra delivers two-way audio with advanced noise cancellation that minimises background noises and accentuates foreground audio, such as voices."

Arlo Technologies APAC vice-president and managing director Brad Little said: "As the most advanced DIY monitoring solution we’ve ever launched, Arlo Ultra raises the bar for smart home surveillance and marks a massive leap forward in surveillance for the do-it-yourself smart home security market.

“Now available through additional retailer channels, Ultra provides home and small business owners with a convenient system that not only delivers cutting-edge image and audio quality, but also AI and computer vision capabilities.”

What else is on offer?

Here we learn that the Arlo SmartHub "functions as the nucleus of the smart home".

The company explains that it is "engineered with ArloRF, a proprietary two-way radio frequency technology" and thus the SmartHub "provides Arlo devices with extended battery life and superior long-range wireless coverage, enabling hassle-free communication between the SmartHub and Arlo devices.

"Boasting a convenient wire-free setup and weather-resistant design, Arlo Ultra cameras can be installed nearly anywhere outdoors or indoors.

"Featuring a newly designed magnetic mount, Arlo Ultra enables easy mounting to ceilings, walls, eaves, or position on tables or counter surfaces. Ultra is powered by a newly designed rechargeable battery and magnetic charging cable. Arlo Ultra also features a built-in siren that can be automatically triggered by motion, audio detection, or manually activated remotely from the Arlo app for added protection."

What else is included?

"Each Arlo Ultra system includes a one-year Arlo Smart Premier subscription (AUD$155.88, to provide users with a more personalised, intelligent smart home security experience.

"The subscription service utilises powerful AI and computer vision technology to deliver customised notifications regarding people, animal, vehicle and package detection4.

"These deeper insights about detected activity, enable Arlo subscribers to not only monitor, but also take swift action in urgent situations. Arlo Smart Premier also includes cloud recordings of video clips at 1080p or lower resolution for up to 30 days.

"Premium video recording for cloud storage of 4K clips is available as an add-on subscription, or users can store 4K clips locally at no added cost using the SmartHub’s microSD card slot".

More information is here

Here's the official intro video:

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