There are plenty of video surveillance monitoring devices on the market. You can have a professional camera system installed from a company like ADT, use a WiFi connected kit like Dropcam, or set up a spare mobile device with a video surveillance app like Home Video Surveillance to keep an eye on your cat’s antics while you are away.
Panasonic’s new surveillance device, Nubo is the first camera that has its own 4G network connection, so you can have the mobility of a WiFi type device, without relying on a WiFi network that could fail when the power goes out.
Nubo is a standalone camera with its own mobile data plan. The camera will retail for $249 and the data plan will start at around $7-$10 per month for weekly cloud storage backups and 250 notifications. The largest data plan will cost around $60 and include month-long cloud storage backups and 2,500 notifications.
It is weather resistant and features sensor connectivity via an integrated wireless radio. Additional sensor controls will trigger human detection. It features two-way communication so users can speak through the camera when an alert is triggered.
The first mobile data plan for Nubo will be offered in Europe through Vodafone, which will support 2G, 3G, and 4G networking.
The camera comes with an external battery pack so you can place it somewhere that doesn’t have a power source.
Video feeds are stored in a cloud-based service so users can go back and watch something they missed via iOS or Android mobile apps. Or, you can store video footage locally on a SD card.
Nubo is will be available for pre-orders starting in April. The device is expected to ship in the U.K. and the Netherlands in the fourth-quarter of 2015 with shipping in the U.S. to follow in the first-quarter of 2016.
You can sign up for more information on pricing and availability from the Nubo website.
It seems like most people would be satisfied with a Wi-Fi enabled security camera. However, Wi-Fi isn’t always as strong in places like a detached garage or hotel room. This could be a solution for some people hoping to keep an eye on things in places that Wi-Fi isn’t as strong, or existent at all.