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The Wink and Samsung-owned Smart Things home automation platforms are also supported in the beta. The mobile app should also work on Android-powered smart cameras, such as the Nikon Coolpix S800c or the Samsung Galaxy cameras, though Perch says it hasn’t optimized the software yet for those devices. present when the decision was made to make the [Bit.ly] analytics real-time,” says Cohen.
It’s not surprising that Cohen comes to security from the software and web services perspective; that’s his heritage. Typical security cameras have a lag time of up to several seconds, says Cohen.
Perch claims that its apps and service can be set up in minutes—despite running on a hodgepodge of different devices.
It’s one of the first startups to come out of Samsung’s Global Innovation Center accelerator program in New York City (founded in 2013), though Cohen says that Perch will not try to steer people especially towards using Samsung products. “Our goal is to be compatible with any home automation system that our customers are using.”To that end, Perch intends to expand support to as much hardware as possible, including dedicated security cameras like Dropcam, smart TVs, and home automation systems.
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So his company is now offering software that will turn those gadgets—including old leftover ones— into networked security cameras.“As the years go on and hardware capabilities become similar, software is going to be the key differentiator,” says Cohen.
Recruiting people’s current gadgets isn’t so much to promote a homebrew spirit as to free Perch to focus on its software, which promises lag-free video feeds, real-time video chat, and image analysis that can tell what is happening in the home beyond simple motion detection.
“We imagine that for 30-day storage or other storage packages, that is going to be a premium [paid] service,” he says.