At Mobile World Congress 2015 today Panasonic announced the Nubo which it describes as the “world’s first 4G-enabled monitoring camera.” The idea behind it is simple. Allow people to monitor their belongings and property even if they can’t rely on a Wi-Fi connection, something which other monitoring cameras totally rely upon, and this is where the 4G compatibility comes in handy. Sure there are fixed monitoring and professional surveillance products but most of them aren’t mobile, the Nubo is, it’s a standalone camera that can easily be carried and is good for both indoor and outdoor use.
Panasonic Nubo is weather resistant and has an integrated wireless radio which offers sensor connectivity. Additional sensor controls allow detection of human figures which provides users with tailored alerts and alarms. Two-way communication is also supported so users can communicate through the Nubo as and when required.
With the Nubo customers get a complete platform which includes a camera, a mobile data plan, external battery pack, add-on options as well as a mobile app for control and alerts. Secure cloud storage is also offered so that the data created by Nubo is safely secured and can be accessed through the mobile app.
In order to ensure network capacity at launch Panasonic is talking with major carriers around the world. Vodafone will be the first carrier partner that will provide the Nubo with 4G Machine-to-Machine network connectivity in Europe.
The company has not revealed pricing for the Nubo but it does say that the monitoring camera will be available for pre-order in the United States next month. Shipments are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2016.