November 2019, Johannesburg: Integrated ICT and infrastructure provider Vox has launched its Guardian Eye WiFi Camera, giving home and even small business owners access to an affordable, easy-to-install remote security surveillance solution that captures video in high definition, includes a built-in alarm, and integrates with popular digital assistants.

“It is a competitively priced camera packed with a lot of features, and can be easily installed for indoor or outdoor use in a matter of minutes by the average user. There is basic analytics built into the camera, and you can set up workflows such as having the camera send you notifications, a snapshot, and/or sound an alarm if any motion is detected during a preset time,” says Rudi Potgieter, senior product manager at Vox.

The Vox Guardian Eye WiFi Camera has an IP66 rating, ensuring its durability and reliability even in adverse weather, yet is lightweight and can easily be installed by users themselves. Having built-in WiFi means that only electrical power, and not any physical network cabling, is required. Similarly, it is just as easy to move the camera to another location.

The camera includes security features that allows users to easily monitor their homes, and get instant notifications, from all connected devices, of movements in the camera’s field of view. They can even set up custom workflow notifications by using IFTTT (If This Then That) capability.

In case they have visitors, a built-in microphone and HiFi quality speaker in the unit allows for clear two-way communication between the user and someone in front of the camera. Alternatively, a siren that can reach up to 100 decibels and strobe light can be activated to scare away unwanted intruders.

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Apart from capturing video in 1080p Full High Definition (HD) and having up to 8x zoom, the camera features integrated efficient infrared lighting, an anti-reflection panel, and Infrared Cutfilter Removal (ICR) technology that enables clear night vision at up to 30 metres.

“The Vox Home WiFi Camera can save recorded footage to an onboard Micro SD card (up to 128GB), the manufacturer’s subscription based encrypted cloud storage, or a local network video recorder – or even to all three locations at the same time for added redundancy in case a camera is damaged or your local network goes down,” says Potgieter.

To be able to view live or recorded video from anywhere, users need to download the EZVIZ app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, create an account, and scan the QR code on the back of the camera to add the camera to their WiFi network.

“In this way, users can add multiple cameras to their profile, ensuring that their entire premises is covered, and can be monitored from a central point. As such, the Vox Guardian Eye WiFi Camera is ideal for homes, holiday homes, home offices, and even in small businesses,” says Potgieter.

An additional benefit is that selected cameras can be shared between different profiles, allowing you to share notifications and real-time video footage with others, such as family members, colleagues, etc.

The Vox Guardian Eye WiFi Camera is available at a once-off cost of R1 665, and is also available on a monthly rental option at R150 per month, on a 12 month contract, or R84 per month on a 24 month contract. Installation support is available for those who require it. For more information, visit the product page on the Vox website.

“There is no single silver bullet to address security, and you need to be able to secure your premises with multiple layers, such as sensors, alarms, cameras and more. Visual verification of alarms through video, which has become a critical component of security, has traditionally been expensive and out of reach for many. The introduction of the Vox Guardian Eye WiFi Camera allows users to start small, with a single camera, before expanding coverage over time,” concludes Potgieter.