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Meet the first 4K security cameras to rock Google Assistant smarts

Security firm Swann has announced it is adding Google Assistant to its 4K wired surveillance camera systems. The over-the-air update is the first for a 4K camera system and allows users to deploy voice controls to view the ultraHD resolution feeds on their Assistant or Chromecast-enabled displays.

So, as with other security cameras offering Assistant support, users of Swann systems will be able to say “Hey Google, show me the front door,” or “Ok Google, show me channel one.”

The firm’s wired offerings are designed for whole home protection, with the 4K DVR Series package offering up to 8 cameras and free local recording for more than 180 days on the bundled 2TB hard drive. The firm can also back up the footage to a Dropbox account if the user requires.

Swann also offers True Detect technology, which enables the cameras to detect heat from moving objects in order to alert customers via the smartphone app. That eliminates false positives, like rustling trees, from triggering notifications. The cameras also offer 150-feet range in total darkness, while decent street lighting sees that stretched out to 200 feet.

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“The ability to effectively monitor and protect your home 24/7 is an increasing concern for consumers,” said Swann’s Jeremy Stewart. “With the Ultra HD 4K Series of DVRs, we are catering to both the professional market and the home, with the opportunity to stay alert at all times with amazing 4K video quality and powerful digital zoom. With Swann’s True Detect technology, you will always know what’s happening!”

While the Assistant integration is great news for existing Swann owners, the last product we reviewed from the company failed to impress. The 1080i DVR8-5000 system earned just a 5-10 score.

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