Hive View Makes Smart Homes Even Smarter

Centrica Connected Home, the business behind UK smart home brand Hive, announced immediate availability of its new smart indoor camera, Hive View.

Hive customer research showed a clear desire for an indoor camera that fitted naturally into a home environment and provided useful functionality to give added peace of mind. Continuing the collaboration with renowned Designer and Fuseproject Founder Yves Béhar, a standout feature of Hive View is “Grab and Go,” where the lightweight camera disconnects from its ultra-thin stand and can be placed in different areas in the home. Hive View is equipped with must-have features like HD livestreaming, person detection and camera history that can be accessed anytime, anywhere, all intuitively controlled through the Hive app.

“Customer feedback is central to our design process and is invaluable in ensuring every feature of a new product has a tangible benefit,” said Tom Guy, Global Product Director of Centrica Connected Home. “Working with Yves and his team, we’ve built on this thinking with Hive View, a smart indoor camera that is strikingly designed and, most importantly, keeps people connected to their home, from wherever they are.”

The Hive View design houses cutting-edge technology and processing power in a compact and elegant form. Simple to set up, it works within minutes of unboxing. Hive View is easily maneuvered to offer the best possible view with a choice of wall, shelf or magnetic mount. All three can rotate, flex and come with a wide 130-degree field of view.

Hive View only captures content once triggered. It will automatically start recording and send a notification informing it has detected motion or a sound. It can also be set to detect people only, so won’t be triggered by family pets, ensuring users are only notified of what matters to them. Using the Hive app, people can watch a secure livestream in 1080p HD, even when it is dark. Captured content can be viewed for 24-hours as standard, with customers able to upgrade to receive Hive Video Playback – a new service giving a 30-day rolling video history, all easily and securely accessed from anywhere. Hive View also comes with a privacy mode, so it records only when needed via the Hive app or through set schedules, and is available in two color variants: Black and Brushed Copper, and White and Champagne Gold.

This February, Centrica Connected Home will launch enhanced Hive Actions which enable easy linking of Hive devices via the app so they work together.

Centrica Connected Home has now sold over 1.2 million connected products, expanded internationally and diversified its product and service portfolio. Hive View is the first product from Centrica Connected Home to launch simultaneously across markets and is available in the UK, USACanadaIreland and Italy.