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Published on November 19th, 2017 | by Greg


iSmartAlarm’s iCamera KEEP Pro: Motion Tracking Security

Home security and IP cameras improved greatly in the past decade or so- better optics and resolution, two-way audio, cloud capture and storage of still images and video, larger recording capacities. And in the past couple of years, artificial intelligence has begun to play a role too, with more automatic functions like alerts when movement is detected and similar capabilities. Many of the earlier advances have stalled a bit- but that means the focus has been on the other aspects of such systems.

Case in point: the iSmartAlarm iCamera KEEP Pro, the latest model from the company. They call is the “first motion tracking DIY smart home camera”, and it’s a big leap from their system that we checked out a few years ago. Granted, it doesn’t include all of the various window sensors from that package, but there are plenty of new tricks, like the nifty sound recognition of smoke and carbon monoxide sirens that can notify you if you are away- without you needing to change your other systems. Like most out there, night vision is included, and digital zoom as well, and it can connect wireless to your router but a power cable is required.

Launched on not one, but two crowdfunding platforms, the 4MP 1080p KEEP Pro raised nearly $200K on Indiegogo and $80K on Kickstarter. And it’s not the looks that sell the idea- at first glance, it looks like most other cameras out there, though the tilt and pan features are better hidden than any competitors. This one breaks new ground by being able to rotate automatically based on conditions- so it can track a person moving in your house, whether it’s a child or a burglar. As with others, the tracking can be too sensitive, catching branches, pets, and other natural movements- but you can setup zones to monitor more effectively and eliminate false alarms. And the image quality is improved compared to many of the multi-camera setups that we’ve been testing.

Integrations matter too, and iSmartAlarm built in both Amazon Alexa and IFTTT, allowing you to command and control the KEEP Pro more easily. A microSD card slot allows local storage, with cloud backup via their custom services (free if you have their broader system). Setup is simple with their app, available for both Android and iPhone, and we liked that you didn’t have to worry about placement- this one should cover an entire room from most any angle, thanks to 350-degrees of freedom. The KEEP Pro is for indoor use only and can capture time lapse images if you like (not every system can). Certainly a great option for those who already are part of the ecosystem, it’s also a surprisingly inexpensive way to dip your toes in. Granted, there are limitations- the rotation can be finicky, especially if you try to direct it manually, and motion tracking worked best when things moved in smooth motions. Available now online and in stores for around $149, the KEEP Pro is a definite glimpse of the future of home security cameras.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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