New High Tech Doorbells


A NEW HIGH-TECH WAY TO FIND OUT WHO’S AT THE DOOR – LET’S PEOPLE SEE, HEAR AND TALK TO VISITORS, EVEN WHEN THE HOMEOWNER IS AWAY. THE VIDEO DOORBELLS ARE ALREADY IN MORE THAN 300- THOUSAND AMERICAN HOMES. POLICE IN LOS ANGELES SAY THEY ARE HELPING KEEP CRIMINALS AWAY. CHRIS MARTINEZ EXPLAINS. “FIRE DEPARTMENT!” FALSE ALARMS “WE’RE NOT HOME. STOLEN PACKAGES, ATTEMPTED BURGLARIESAND EVEN ROMANTIC SERENADES ALL CAPTURED BY RING’S VIDEO DOORBELL. “WHAT KIND OF DAMN DOORBELL IS THIS?” WHEN VISITORS PRESS THE DOORBELL OR SET OFF THE SYSTEM’S MOTION DETECTORIT SENDS AN ALERT TO THE HOMEOWNER’S SMARTPHONE. LAST YEAR RING PARTNERED WITH THE L-A-P-D AS PART OF A PILOT PROGRAM TO REDUCE BURGLARIES. AND THERE WE ARE.” ROBBY O’DONNELL IS ONE OF THE PROGRAM’S PARTICIPANTS. SHE AND HER HUSBAND ARE SURVIVORS OF A VIOLENT 1980 HOME INVASION. “THIS IS WHAT ROBBIE SEES WHEN I RING HER DOORBELL. A CLEAR VIEW OF HER FRONT PORCH FROM HER PHONE RING’S DEVICES ARE POWERED BY TRADITIONAL ELECTRIC WIRING OR BATTERY, BUT THEY DO REQUIRE AN INTERNET CONNECTION. “YOU’RE SEEING A LOT OF CONCERNS WITH WHAT WE CALL THE INTERNET OF THINGS.” C-NET EDITOR DAN ACKERMAN WARNS THAT LIKE ALL SYSTEMS DEPENDENT ON WI-FI, THERE IS ROOM FOR ERROR. “THE BIGGEST VULNERABILITY REALLY A LOT OF THIS NEW TECHNOLOGY WHERE MAYBE EVERYTHING IS NOT FULLY BAKED YET. RING SAYS ABOUT HALF OF ALL HOME ROBBERIES OCCUR DURING THE DAY WHEN NO ONE IS THERE. I’M A CRIMINAL, I’M COMING IN THIS HOUSE. IS IT THE IDEA THAT I’M HEARING A VOICE? THE MOTION DETECTOR GOES OFF. I SAY, WHY IS SOMEONE AT MY DOOR AT 3 O’CLOCK, NO ONE IS SUPPOSED TO BE THERE. CHRIS MARTINEZ, CBS NEWS, LOS ANGELES.

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