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November 23, 2005

The brain for your intelligent home

The brain for your intelligent home

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November 24, 2005 With convergence happening at such a rate, it’s sometimes a good idea to buy and plan as far out as possible so you don’t end up wth incompatible or legacy systems. Every self respecting technophile has probably been eyeing up what’s available in home automation, home security and home entertainment systems, but each comes with an array of microprocessor-controlled functions and a network. The aim should be to have one network and the SecureGen HTVR offers the chance to combine all three of those networks with one unit – the brain of your intelligent home. Firstly, it is a fully featured media and control centre for the home. Connect it to your entertainment system to watch television, view videos, play MP3s, or observe video feeds from security and or child monitoring cameras. Integrate the HTVR with a Home Automation System and control your compatible intrusion detection system, air conditioning system, lighting system, and automated appliances from the main unit or wirelessly connected extender devices. It’ll even monitor your intrusion detection system to automatically transmit video to a monitoring centre or predefined location whenever an alarm is triggered.

November 24, 2005 With convergence happening at such a rate, it’s sometimes a good idea to buy and plan as far out as possible so you don’t end up wth incompatible or legacy systems. Every self respecting technophile has probably been eyeing up what’s available in home automation, home security and home entertainment systems, but each comes with an array of microprocessor-controlled functions and a network. The aim should be to have one network and the SecureGen HTVR offers the chance to combine all three of those networks with one unit – the brain of your intelligent home. Firstly, it is a fully featured media and control centre for the home. Connect it to your entertainment system to watch television, view videos, play MP3s, or observe video feeds from security and or child monitoring cameras. Integrate the HTVR with a Home Automation System and control your compatible intrusion detection system, air conditioning system, lighting system, and automated appliances from the main unit or wirelessly connected extender devices. It’ll even monitor your intrusion detection system to automatically transmit video to a monitoring centre or predefined location whenever an alarm is triggered.

You can connect up to eight Video Surveillance cameras to the HTVR to record video from your local security and child safety cameras, record and instantly review network (IP) video from anywhere there’s an internet connection, and to save storage space on surveillance footage, it can activate recording upon motion detection. Similarly, using this system, a single camera can be utilized to monitor multiple outdoor play areas. If you’re using Pan/Tilt/Zoom security cameras you can remotely control the cameras or even create presets and tours for the camera to follow.

Add a Wireless Touch Screen Control Panel and you can securely watch videos and listen to MP3s stored on the HTVR or view security or child safety cameras from virtually anywhere in or around the home. It even offers sensor control so you can monitor anything (software included) and record the results on the HTVR which can trigger alarms and activate video recording. So you can record-pause-rewind TV, watch DVDs, upload and view your digital cameras photos in a slideshow, or connect and control lights, appliances, and other home automation systems from any connected television. You might, for example, wish to arm your intruder detection system from your bed, change the temperature of your home from the den, or check to see if you left the lights on remotely from the office. The queue forms on the right …

Designed to be ultra-quiet, the HTVR is expected to reside comfortably in your family room or entertainment centre. Store your MP3s, videos, and photos in one central location.

With its robust set of features the HTVR may quickly become the only component you need in your home entertainment center.

SecurHome manufactures home surveillance and security equipment. Each system includes an advanced module for viewing and recording video from security and/or child safety cameras throughout your home. The HTVR supports wireless or LAN based network (IP) cameras and the full spectrum of high-resolution analog coaxial cameras.

Windows Media Center Edition 2005 allows you to view and record multiple television broadcasts simultaneously, Pause & Rewind TV, Play MP3/Media files stored on the Media PC or accessible over the network, Burn CDs/DVDs, and easily interface with external automation systems . Store all of your media digitally on hard disk and access it throughout your home on any wirelessly connected television or portable Windows Media device. FEATURES

• Optimized and designed for Microsoft Media Center Edition • 14 day TV program guide with no subscription fees • 2 year warranty • 4 Sensor inputs and Control outputs † • Media and security content extended to any television in the home †† • Record, play, pause and rewind television broadcasts • Simultaneously view and record television broadcasts • Includes DVD burner and software • Supports over the air High Definition TV Broadcasts and DVD’s • Connect up to 8 security and/or child safety cameras • Integration with home automation software and peripherals • Create custom recording schedules • Supports up to 9.1 digital surround sound. • Supports multiple simultaneous remote connections (internet) • Controls today’s most popular PAN/TILT/ZOOM cameras • Remote system operation and configuration • Video loss alarm • Digital signature support for authenticity verification • Continuous, Motion Detection, Alarm, Pre-Alarm, and Scheduled Recording Modes. • Integrates with most alarm systems and has the ability to push images to your security provider for dispatch, helping to prevent unnecessary fines from false alarms † (on analog units only) †† (sold separately)

About the Author
Mike Hanlon After Editing or Managing over 50 print publications primarily in the role of a Magazine Doctor, Mike embraced the internet full-time in 1995 and became a "start-up all-rounder" – quite a few start-ups later, he founded Gizmag in 2002. Now he can write again.   All articles by Mike Hanlon
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