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PiOctave Solutions provides smart security systems that let you monitor your home from anywhere in the world.

In 2014, there were 244 million installed video surveillance cameras active and operational in the world, according to a research by IHS Market. And according to its Top Video Surveillance Trends for 2017, 97 million network surveillance cameras and 28 million HD CCTV cameras will be shipped around the world.

This type surveillance, for the most part, is only used for recording and reacting after something happens. Out of these 20 odd millions of cameras, less than 6% are monitored by a human at any given time.

Video surveillance and security systems one step further, Kiran Nayak, Anand Sivaram, Niteesh Kumar and Gijo Prems the founders PiOctave Solutions in Bengaluru in January 2016. The core team has previously worked on video conferencing technology for Cisco.

PiOctave has developed smart cameras embedded with machine learning that lets one act on the video data in real time. The idea is to reduce response time for emergency services and possibly even prevent accidents and crime before they happen.

Its first product is a smart doorbell called SureBell. Kiran says that the hardware is simple enough to be categorized as a do-it-yourself solution.

It replaces the doorbell switch in one’s house. The device connects to WiFi and can be integrated with any number of mobile phones through its app. There is also a camera that can be fixed and the camera gives you an 180-degree horizontal and 130-degree vertical view.

So when someone rings the doorbell, it sends a notification on all the integrated mobiles from the app, anywhere in the world. You can see and hear the person from the app. It then lets you call the device and speak to the person standing in front of the door.

Sure Bell record if there is any motion in front of the camera. There is also smart analytics that comes into play. You can draw out the area that you want to be recorded in case of any movement or activity and want to be alerted about.

SureBell is no different from an enterprise-grade video conferencing system. It is backed by a Sure Cloud engine, which includes targeted video analytics, efficient footage management, bandwidth-aware streaming and above all, Sure Cloud is Home Awareness ready. We are also in the process of designing the Sure Chime solutions which will be the central controller of the house and will be WiFi based paired devices with Sure Bell,” Kiran adds.

The device has not yet been launched commercially. In the last fourteen months, PiOctave has been working on the product design to make it intelligent, intuitive and instantaneous.

In the next 15 days, it will be rolling it out to its first 100 customers to test and receive feedback and improvise upon before soft-launching it on July 15. Shipments of the final product will begin at the end of July. In its first phase, it will launch its product in Bengaluru and Mumbai.

The SureBell will be priced in the range of Rs 12,000-15,000. But the final cost is still being worked upon and the company is also looking at a monthly subscription model.


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