Tovnet LED bulb is not simply a light fixture. It is an IoT CCTV that can serve as an LED light and a CCTV with PC and smartphone connection by simply being plugged in to a light bulb socket
The South Korean technology giant TOVNET has recently come up with its Tovnet LED Bulb that features a hidden camera for security purposes. The all-in-one unit that comes inclusive of everything one needs to set up on-the-spot security anywhere, a light bulb can be installed. This full-featured, remotely operated security system can be broadly used in any environment and like home, office, factory, shopping mall, restaurant, and so on, and can be operational simply by flipping a switch.
The idea was to make a device that is very simple to use irrespective of geographies. With just three steps – insert a Micro-SD card, screw-in like a bulb and turn on the power, it starts auto recording. For installing this unique device, no drilling of holes or cabling is required, but the existing bulb holder. It can be remotely accessed via internet through mobile phones or computers, watching and hearing what is happening at there.
The LED light can be turned on and off separately from the camera’s power by using the remote controller that comes with the device, or the ON/OFF function in the smartphone’s app, the lighting can be operated separately from the CCTV where turning off the light will not affect the operation of the camera. Tovnet offers the functions of conventional CCTV and facilitates the footage and audio in real-time, which can be stored on an SD card of up to 32 GB. Using a 32GB SD card will allow the storage of up to 5 days worth of 24-hour long video footage.
Tovnet also uses the sensor light function with the motion detector. Using the sensor light function of the TOVNET LED Bulb APP will allow the LED light to turn ON when any movement is detected and to automatically turn off when no movement is there. The setting also allows having the CCTV operational only when there is some movement detected. The device can even be used both as a sensor light and as a CCTV monitoring for the front door.
What’s more, there is the option of Infrared footage for night time. The sensor will detect its surrounding environment and the device will automatically shift to infrared mode in dark places or at night time. Once installed/fixed, the socket provides the unit with power, and the mobile device, smart phone or custom remote facilitates the control through the in-built wireless network interface. The high point of this light bulb is that the attached camera is not obtrusive or distracting. In fact, with the light on, it’s virtually impossible to see the camera at all.
It facilitates high-definition, streaming real-time video of everything in the camera’s wide-angle view of up to 120 degrees. If someone wants to monitor what is happening, the user can view and record H.264 video or images through the web or on the mobile device be it tab or smart phone.
The company believes that this is the best option for those customers who are interested in keeping their premises secure under the scanner, but are not ready to build or install permanent fixtures or a storage network. With this new technology, anyone can build a security system of nearly any complexity.
The company has launched its unique product under a crowd-funding initiative to fund development and bring this exciting next-generation technology to the market with a vision to make the Light Bulb Security Camera a reality for homeowners, business owners and families around the world.
Tovnet uses WiFi connection to be functionally operational. For security issues, the company do not provide open API. However, if there happens to be a business deal, it can consider sharing the same to enable the user to control and read from it using a third party software (Home automation software, IFTTT, etc), making it more convenient for an upgradation, if so required.
The bulb comes with a motion detection function that works automatically by motion control menu selection. In short, Tovnet LED light and security camera can be controlled by motion detection via mobile application menu selection. The video can be streamed between Tovnet cam and user’s mobile phone directly. There is no cloud storage server. However, the light switch for the bulb always has to be on i.e. electric power (running between 110 ~ 240V) must always be on. The light can also be used along with a dimmer.
The light and camera can be independently motion controlled. When Tovnet detects motion, the LED light can be turned on for 2 minutes and the camera can record using a micro-SD card. The motion detection sensitivity can be chosen by 3 levels, low, medium, and high. Further, the light control via motion can be adjusted to only work between the hours of darkness. The LED light has a timer function, using which the user can set up time to turn on and off easily via mobile application.