At its Sands CES outpost, a focus of Nortek Security & Control (NSC) was face-recognition technology – at a refined level. NSC’s Bill Hensley, senior marketing director, demo’ed the IntelliVision face recognition system, debuting in Q2, as applied to ELAN control systems. Music, lighting, temperature and security control – and even control of your sprinkler system – is possible, after a “quick enroll” process whereby the IntelliVision touch screen takes just a few seconds to learn and remember a subject’s facial characteristics. The technology can initiate sequences of events that are set up and saved in advance, and that are triggered by looking at the screen.
The overarching philosophy with this video analytics technology is “to empower users to go beyond the smart home experience they’re used to.
“It’s part of a multiple brands/singular purpose” tactic, he said, that is making the smart home more intuitive and personalized. The touch panel interface also features a built-in microphone array for voice interface with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
Also new is the Intelligent Video Doorbell, which lets homeowners answer the door remotely as well as from inside the home; its camera integrates IntelliVision-developed intelligent motion detection that is able to distinguish people from moving objects like cars or trees blowing in the breeze, cutting down on false alerts.
On demonstration at the booth in the Smart Areas section was the 2GIG brand’s GC3 security panel technology. Its software enables homeowners to partition areas of their property for protection or access, as desired. “It’s really four security systems for the price of one,” explained Hensley. As an example, a homeowner can disarm the garage security for an expected delivery, while keeping the rest of the home’s security system armed.
The booth also featured the SpeakerCraft Terrazza outdoor speaker line. The satellite speaker itself is detachable from the stake that holds it in the ground, and can be placed later, for less risk of speaker damage when driving the stake into the ground. The system’s subwoofer also has a hardscape setup option that need not be buried, as is the case for other outdoor speaker systems, said Hensley.