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Neos Smart Home Review: With SmartCam, leak & motion sensor for smart home security on the cheap

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Neos is a relatively new company to the smart home scene being established just four years ago. Targeting the UK market, they appear to have been quite successful garnering a significant number of positive reviews on the likes of Amazon and Trustpilot.

They even have a well-reviewed Android app, which is quite rare for new and affordable companies.

The SmartCam has been their main device for a while now, but you can now buy a smart home kit which includes the camera and several sensors for motion, doors, and leaks. You get all this for £100, allowing you to create a super affordable smart home security solution.

What’s in the box? Neos Smart Home Specifications


Neos SmartCam + Motion Kit + Leak Sensor Kit; Smart Home…

  • Works with Alexa ask Alexa to show your kitchen…
  • 1080P Full HD with live stream and 8x digital zoom…
  • Motion & noise detection with alerts when motion…
  • Neos Smart Motion Kit consist of 2 Smart Contact…

SmartCam

This is the main device on the system where the smart bridge connects to, it offers  1080p Full HD recording with a 2.8mm focal length. There is also a buit-in microphone and speaker with two-way audio. You can then use this for motion and noise alerts, and you can have it auto-arm when you leave the house using geofencing with your phone.

Smart Motion Sensor x1

When movement is detected, you’ll receive notifications to your Neos SmartHome app. So you can make sure your little ones aren’t wandering up or down the stairs or sneaking into your home office.

Neos Smart Contact Sensor x2

Pop it on any entry point in your home and get notified if a window or door is opened so you always know that your home is secured. Simply check your sensor’s status in your Neos App.

Neos Smart Leak Kit x3

The Leak sensor is designed to detect even a single drop of water,  preventing small leaks from turning into big problems. It also alerts you to unexpected changes to your home with the built-in temperature and humidity sensors. The sensors are small and discrete meaning you can fit them almost anywhere, and they can be installed in minutes.

Smart Bridge

The Smart Bridge is the best way to create a hub in your home – simply insert the Smart Bridge into the SmartCam, and you’re ready to connect up to 100 wireless Neos devices!

Limited Free Cloud Recording – £2.49 per month for 1-minute recording or MicroSD

Neos SmartCam comes with free 14-day cloud storage as standard. When your Neos SmartHome app is armed (and notifications enabled), your SmartCam will automatically record 12-second video clips when triggered by either a motion or a loud noise. All recorded video clips will be stored on your SmartHome app to view for 14 days. After 14 days, all clips are permanently deleted and cannot be recovered. Within the 14 days, you can save any clip to your phone’s storage if you would like to retain it.

You can then optionally pay for Neos Boost which bumps up the recordings to 1 minute and reduces the cooldown time between clips from 5 minutes to 1 minute. You then gain access to activity zones and security scheduling.

You can also record 24/7 to a microSD slot

The Neos Boost sounds like very poor value for money, being the same price as Arlo and Ring per camera, but they are far superior platforms. This is the caveat of buying a cheap system upfront, you get stung on the monthly, but it is not a requirement so not too much of an issue.

Neos vs WYZE – Is Neos the same as WYZE?

One immediate thing that struck me with the Neos system was the familiarity of the camera. I am sure I have reviewed an identical piece of hardware myself, but can’t find it on the site. A little rooting around shows the Neos is identical to Wyze, and a little more research indicates the hardware is based on the Xiaomi Xiaofang camera.

There is nothing specifically wrong with this, but it helps explain why you may see other companies using very similar cameras.

Set-Up

Set up is easy, like most smart home devices nowadays. The app is well designed, I have seen far worse from affordable brands.

You will need to set up the camera first, if you are adding other devices the bridge plugs into the back of this.

Set up is done by encoding your WiFi settings into a QR code and showing the camera. I find this quite an effective technique vs connecting to the WiFi of a device directly then passing over your details.

With the bridge connected, adding accessories is easy, you pull out the battery tap and then use the included pin to press inside the hole on the side of the accessory. It took a little while to connect, but I had no issues. The bridge seems to offer enough range to cover my moderately large 4-bed semi, so I think it should be fine for most users.

For the motion sensor, you can have it send push notifications, but there are no sensitivity settings. With the auto-arming feature, the push notifications shouldn’t spam you too much, alternatively, if you leave it permanently armed, you can disable these and manually review them in the app.

Motion & Water Sensors

In Use

The SmartCam is basic but works well, image quality is good. Video footage is shot in 1920x1080P with a bit rate of 542kb/s and a frame rate of 15fps. Captured images, on the other hand, are 1440x770P.

The angle is nice and wide, so you can easily capture the majority of a room with it being quite forgiving where you place it.

Night recordings are predictably mediocre. You will also want to place the camera so there are no objects too close to where it faces. When the IR LEDs light up if they hit an object close by it will light up the object and not the room. These are issues that plague all affordable cameras. Motion detection still works well in night mode, but it is not very good for identifying features of someone walking around.

The water sensor offers both leak detection as well as alerts for temperature and humidity. Temperature ranges from -10 to +50 degrees Celcius so you could easily use this as a warning system for frozen pipes in lofts or garages etc.

The motion sensor works well as a motion sensor, but that’s about it, the same applies to the water sensor. They will send alerts and nothing more.

No Smart Home Automation

More advanced smart home systems such as SmartThings, myDlink and many more will allow you to automate something when alerts are generated. There is potential here, Neos works with Amazon, but this seems to be to enable the feed of the SmartCam.

I personally use motion sensors to automatically switch on my Philips Hue lights in the hallways of my house and auto-switch them off.

Price & Alternative Options


Neos SmartCam + Motion Kit + Leak Sensor Kit; Smart Home…

  • Works with Alexa ask Alexa to show your kitchen…
  • 1080P Full HD with live stream and 8x digital zoom…
  • Motion & noise detection with alerts when motion…
  • Neos Smart Motion Kit consist of 2 Smart Contact…

The Neos Smart Home pack is £99, including delivery when bought from Neos, and it is this price that is critical when evaluating Neos.

Even though they only have 3 unique products, if you want like for like it is hard to find.

Aqara is the best option, which is related to Xiaomi, so uses a similar camera. However, I am unaware if the UK Hub has been released yet, and most of the items need importing from Chinese import sites. This offers a much wider range of products, likely at a lower price, but is perhaps slightly less user friendly.

Eufy Security is probably the best alternative option with easy UK availability. However they are priced higher, a single motion sensory is £25, an entry sensor is £20, and their Indoor camera is £36. While more expensive, Eufy has a wider product range that I’d regard as superior overall.

Overall

Considering the price, it is hard to criticise Neos too much. The smart home pack offers an affordable way to get into smart home security, and it works well. For most people, this is likely all you will need.

It would be good to see them expand the smart home features to include some form of automation via Alexa or other means. IFTTT used to be a good option for this sort of device, but it seems to have lost favour in recent years.

Overall though, for a basic smart home security option, this is an excellent choice.

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Precision agriculture using AI and IoT to usher in the next revolution in food security

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Micromanagement of every aspect of the field being used for your crops is called precision agriculture. It includes mapping of the field in terms of disparities within the field or with other fields around it, the sun light variation across the year, wind patterns, rain predictions and other seasonal effects. To do that, feed from weather stations, Remote sensing equipment, GIS and GPS may be used.

Another key feature of precision farming is having a trained software module on the specific crop being planned in that field. This software module has an understanding about the growth patterns of that crop, possible diseases that are related to that crop, prescriptions of specific fertilizer or pesticides depending upon the disease pattern, and prediction of disease depending upon the growth of leaves or size or colour of the plant.

It uses feed sensors, weight sensors, soil sensors, temperature sensors, intensity sensors and multiple types of cameras. All these sensors may be deployed on a machine. This machine can be a low flying drone or a small robot moving through the field. Based on the crop and the size of the plants, the robot height and size can be manoeuvred. This robot or drone will have multiple compartments full of different ingredients required for the plants. One box may contain water, another may have pesticides, another may have fertilizer and so on. Based on the real feedback of different sensors, the software module will process that information according to the trained AI model installed on that robot or drone. Depending upon the necessary trigger, instructions will follow, and the robot will discharge specific amount of pesticides or fertilizer or water etc.

This whole mechanism may look like a complex process for small and medium level farmers, but that is not the case. Just like farmers currently hire big machines for sowing and cutting the crops, they will be able to hire different kinds of robots for their specific crops. Initially the cost will be high, but eventually, when this becomes a standard practice, the cost will come down with volume and scale.

The end user will not be required to understand or learn about these complex systems. They will just employ these systems like we use washing machines without understanding the mechanical engineering behind their working. The farmer will only need to follow some simple and clear instructions and press a few buttons.

While its execution will be simple, the advantages of precision farming are many and varied. End-to-end efficiency and decrease in wastage/loss of the yield due to disease etc will lead to an increase in crop-yield. Another advantage is the huge saving in inputs: currently, farmers waste a lot of water, pesticides, and fertilizers because these are thrown all over the field, a significant portion of which is not used by the plants. With robots in the field, only the required resources will be given near the roots of the plants, which will save a lot of resources. It will also result in a lot of data inputs across the fields, regions, and geographies, which will result in better policy decision regarding which crops to be promoted, pricing of the output, availability of markets for the produce, value enhancement products in the food chain etc.

Many people may be worried about the impact of such technologies on the job market for agriculture workers. It will result in net additional jobs in this sector. Many hands will be required for maintenance, operations, storage, production, marketing of these variety of robots and drones. The only challenge is that existing agriculture workers will be required to undergo training to work on these modern machines, which will require huge efforts on the part of the trainers as well as the farmers. So, in conclusion precision farming is going to be the next big thing in the domain of agriculture which will have significant impact on economy, food reliance and modern society.



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IoT Security In The Spotlight, As Research Highlights Alexa Security Flaws | Information Security Buzz

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Last week, IoT security was in the spotlight again as researchers warned that Amazon’s Alexa is vulnerable to malicious third-party apps, or “skills”, that could leave owners at risk of a wide range of cyberattacks.

Researchers analyzed 90,194 unique skills from Amazon’s skill stores across seven countries and found widespread security issues that could lead to phishing attacks or the ability to trick Alexa users into revealing sensitive information.

For instance, developers can register skills that fraudulently use well-known company names, and leverage these fake brand names to send out phishing emails that link to the skill’s Amazon store webpage. Attackers can also make code changes after their skills have been approved by Amazon, opening the door for various malicious configurations.

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Best-practices for IoT device security include strong authentication and secure software updates.

Continued innovation in the Internet of Things technology has propelled us into the Fourth Industrial Revolution and is undoubtedly valuable for consumers and businesses alike.

However, as this research into Alexa’s vulnerabilities has shown, we can’t be oblivious to the security risks that go hand-in-hand with introducing such a large number of devices into the ecosystem. Left unchecked, this presents a huge security risk. While there are many potential threats to IoT devices, a common

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Continued innovation in the Internet of Things technology has propelled us into the Fourth Industrial Revolution and is undoubtedly valuable for consumers and businesses alike.

However, as this research into Alexa’s vulnerabilities has shown, we can’t be oblivious to the security risks that go hand-in-hand with introducing such a large number of devices into the ecosystem. Left unchecked, this presents a huge security risk. While there are many potential threats to IoT devices, a common thread in IoT security weakness is the lack of strong authentication.

As attack vectors continue to evolve, it is increasingly critical that organizations embrace security solutions that ensure the integrity and security of their IoT systems. Best-practices for IoT device security include strong authentication and secure software updates – ensuring only authentic code can be installed on the device. For a complex system such as Alexa’s Skills that involve the Alexa platform, third-party apps and third-party cloud services – a comprehensive approach to ensuring the security of the ecosystem is essential.

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Is Biden’s Peloton Bike an IoT Cybersecurity Risk? – Security Boulevard

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Is Every Connected Device in a Staffer’s Home an IoT Cybersecurity Risk?

Most folks are still working from home at least some of the time. That creates a number of challenges for IT departments around cybersecurity and smart devices. As our lives become ever more connected to the internet through everything from smartphones to smart bikes, it’s important to remember that even the most humble internet-connected device can be a security risk. Many business IT teams are still coming to terms with that increased Internet-of-Things (IoT) cybersecurity risk and how to mitigate it.

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IoT Devices (and Risks) Are Proliferating

During the last year, as we all spent more time at home, many folks discovered that they could make their home lives a little more pleasant with IoT devices. Experts estimate that more than 26.66 billion IoT devices are active in 2020, with 127 new IoT devices connecting to the internet every second. However, researchers also report that IoT devices face 5,200 attacks a month. That means that organizations need to keep IoT security top of mind as their security posture evolves.

Including the White House. The original work from home example, the President’s House is also home to one of the world’s most secure and sensitive networks. As new First Families with an increasing number of IoT devices move in, like President Biden and his Peloton bike, the White House cybersecurity team is faced with the same dilemma as many businesses: how to secure their IT environment against the potential risk.

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How to Mitigate the Risk

In the case of the President’s bike, the Secret Service and the National Security Agency (NSA) will make changes to both the physical structure and the IT capability as well as enacting strong access control policies and tools in order to mitigate the risk. Cameras and microphones will be removed, and a constant series of password changes will help blunt the possibility of foreign agents hacking into President Biden’s Peloton. This tracks with the advice given by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

But most companies don’t need to go that far when securing their environments against IoT risks. Businesses can keep their networks safe and employees can enjoy their IoT devices without taking drastic measures or spending a fortune. While cybercrime risks continue to climb across the board, by taking sensible precautions, organizations can secure their systems and data from many of the pitfalls that arise from remote working IoT cybersecurity risks quickly and affordably.

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One key to mitigating IoT risk and remaining cyber resilient as an organization is maintaining strong access point control. It’s not just a fantastic mitigation for IoT risk either. Strong access point control is essential for mitigating all types of cybersecurity risk – and secure identity and access management with a solution like Passly is an effective, cost-effective way to implement it in a flash.

Passly brings major weapons against intrusion to the fight with multifactor authentication (MFA), single sign-on (SSO), and secure shared password vaults. MFA is a must-have in today’s rapidly evolving threat landscape – it has been proven to block up to 99.9% of common cyberattacks from getting through to business systems. Back that up with single sign-on that empowers your IT team to add and remove permissions fast in case of compromise and secure shared password vaults to make sure that your team can easily respond to emergencies remotely, and you’ve added a huge amount of security strength for a small price.

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