Nest / Dropcam Integration Details

Just months after Google / Nest bought Dropcam, Nest has announced the first 2 integrations between their thermostats and Dropcam; one of which is minor, but the other has important value in solving an ongoing problem.

Here's Nest's description:

"When your Nest Protect alarm goes off, Dropcam records a clip of the smoke or carbon monoxide event and saves it for you, regardless of whether you pay for Cloud Recording. And when you set your Nest Thermostat to Away and walk out the door, Dropcam automatically turns on motion alerts so you’ll know if anyone’s in the house. You can buy Dropcam in stores and online and, if you have any questions about your Dropcam or how it works with Nest, phone support will now be available 24/7."

The later, effectively turning off alerts when home, can reduce nuisance notifications, a common problem, known in the industry and recently highlighted in a WSJ critique of home surveillance cameras.

On the other hand, obviously one needs to buy both a Nest and a Dropcam, so that limits the applicable market. However, it is a useful step to make alerts more meaningful.

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