New Vivint App Shares Smart Home Cameras With Neighbors
The Streety app by Vivint Smart Home allows neighbors to easily crowdsource camera footage captured by their IoT cameras, regardless of brand.
LAS VEGAS — There is no better way to feel safe in your neighborhood than having a strong, close community. Vivint believes it can assist in this with the release of its new app, Streety, which it unveiled this week at CES 2018.
The company says the app “extends smart home security to the neighborhood” by allowing neighbors to monitor neighborhood activity through a network of shared residential cameras.
Now everyone on the street can have easy access to track stolen packages or search for missing kids and pets.
“Streety helps build stronger communities through smarter neighborhoods,” says Clint Gordon-Carroll, vice president and general manager of cameras at Vivint Smart Home. “As cameras are one of the fastest-growing product segments in the smart home industry, neighbors often ask each other if cameras captured something around their home or on the street. Streety makes it easy for neighbors to request and share video so they can take better action, faster.”
The free Streety app will be available this Spring to anyone in the U.S. and Canada, whether or not they are a Vivint customer or have a camera.
Vivint customers can choose which of their cameras they want to make available for sharing, whether an outdoor camera or doorbell camera. Neighbors with non-Vivint cameras can upload and share video clips with the Streety network.
Vivint shared the following details about Streety:
• Monitor neighborhood activity. With a neighbor’s permission, users can view live video from their neighbors’ outdoor or doorbell cameras in the Streety app to monitor neighborhood activity, such as watching their kids playing in a friend’s yard or keeping an eye on a neighbor’s home while they are on vacation.
• Share video footage and investigate incidents together. Neighbors can ask questions and post messages and videos to stay connected and resolve issues. For example, following an incident such as a car break-in or stolen package, users can request video footage from other neighbors’ cameras to gather more information about the thief or the getaway car. Once the camera owner approves the request, Streety automatically generates the recorded video clip that they can share with each other and with the police.
• Access a trusted, private network. To ensure that sharing requests come only from neighbors living nearby, Streety limits neighborhood boundaries to a 300-yard radius and uses third-party verification services to match identities and addresses for new users.
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