IC Realtime has developed a surveillance camera integration with Amazon Echo Show. IC Realtime’s R&D team worked with Amazon’s camera Application Programming Interface (API), the result of which allows more than 100 existing IC Realtime surveillance cameras to gain the ability to stream live video to Echo Show.
IC Realtime models compatible with Echo Show include the brand’s suite of ‘ICIP’ series IP cameras (68 models in total) as well as dozens of its SD and HD cameras that work in conjunction with an IC Realtime digital video recorder.
According to Chris Callaway, IC Realtime technical manager of software integration, the Amazon Alexa architecture is primarily Internet-connected, so a requirement of the Amazon integration is that cameras must be connected through a back-end cloud service.
For several years IC Realtime has offered subscribers a cloud storage service called ICMyCloud, which grants users in home and business settings the ability to stream and record high-definition video footage from their IC Realtime cameras. IC Realtime’s Echo Show compatible cameras connect through ICMyCloud.
“The Alexa ‘skill' pulls the ‘Camera Name’ you’ve assigned within ICMyCloud,” explained Callaway. “Let’s say for example you have named a camera for the Nursery. You simply say, ‘Alexa, Show the Nursery camera.’ Alexa would respond with ‘OK, showing Nursery camera’ and begin its stream. When you are finished, you would simply instruct Alexa to ‘Hide my Camera.’”
Callaway also noted that keeping the video data safe is of the highest-priority. “IC Realtime implements stringent security protocols for the cloud- and internet-connected camera integrations, ensuring support of strong encryption methods, password complexity, and unique session URLs to guarantee the strongest integrity possible,” said Callaway.
“The ability to share video from our security cameras via the Cloud to Echo Show is a prime example of today’s ‘Smart Home’ graduating to an ‘Internet of Things Smart Home,’” said Matt Sailor, CEO of IC Realtime. “IC Realtime and its parent company IC Real Tech continue to bring to market innovative ways for people to capture and interact with their video surveillance - from crime/forensics to 360-degree lifestyle video.”
Expanding upon the Echo and Echo Dot, Echo Show adds a 7-inch touchscreen, dual Dolby optimized speakers, video-calling and a front-facing camera.