“Video doorbells are incredibly popular, giving families the ability to see who is at the front door. But many are simply smart accessories that don’t leverage the full capabilities of a smart home to protect a family,” says GPaul Hess, chief product officer. “Chime marries security and automation to a level that has never been done before. Users can determine what actions they want to occur when motion is detected or the doorbell is pressed. It’s entirely customizable, transforming the doorbell’s role in the smart home to deliver the experience homeowners want.”
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Though the bell has typical smart doorbell features on its ow, it offers even more when it’s integrated into the Control4 OS 3 universe, enabling integrators to create automated actions customized to the family, the company says.
Actions can happen automatically based on motion or a doorbell press, or they can be user-initiated. For example, users can see and speak with a visitor, while unlocking the door, turning on the lights inside and outside, and disarming the security system all within the Control4 app. Advanced motion detection with five adjustable zones keeps homeowners alerted to important movements around the front door. They may opt to receive important video notifications when movement is detected in a specific video zone, or when the doorbell is pressed.
With a 4Sight subscription and the Control4 Intercom Anywhere app, users can use their phone to answer the door, talk to visitors, and receive notifications from virtually anywhere. And now, Intercom Anywhere is included within the Control4 OS 3 mobile phone app – enabling communication and control of the entire Control4 smart home from a single app.
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When customers miss or ignore a doorbell call, they can also use their mobile phone or Control4 touchscreen to access a history of video recordings for complete peace-of-mind. Video can also be captured with a network video recorder (NVR), including Luma Surveillance NVRs.
“With Chime, pros can offer this advanced Control4 video doorbell experience to virtually every customer by offering a model for new construction (Power over Ethernet) with simple one-wire installation and rock-solid reliability and retrofit (Wi-Fi) models to existing homes when an Ethernet cable cannot be pulled,” the company says. “Chime accessories include a new-construction wall box and two 15-degree wedges (left and right) to help optimize the viewing angle. Chime is also OvrC-enabled, giving pros control to remotely monitor system status, receive notifications, and reboot devices if needed from the OvrC web or mobile app.”
“No other video doorbell on the market offers integration with Control4 like Chime,” Hess says. “Chime allows users to customize notifications and programming to create a completely integrated smart home experience that starts before they ever go inside.”
Available in two metallic finishes (black and satin-nickel), Chime features HD video with a 5-megapixel camera, a 180-degree field view , and a built-in night mode for clear visibility, even in the dark. It also enables natural two-way communications using standards-based communications technology, allowing users to hear and speak at the same time without having to press an intercom button.
The Chime video doorbell has an MSRP of $400.00 and is available in four models: Black, PoE – C4-VDB-E-BL; Black, WiFi – C4-VDB-W-BL; Satin Nickel, PoE – C4-VDB-E-SN and Satin Nickel, WiFi – C4-VDB-W-SN. Shipping begins on October 13th.
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