On Tuesday, Swann announced that it is adding Google Assistant's voice control to its wired multi-camera 4K surveillance systems. This makes Swann the first company to do so. Swann is a popular company that provides DIY security for your home or office, with many different security cameras, which are able to record in up to 4K – this sounds like overkill, but it allows you to zoom in without getting a blurry image. Swann's 4K surveillance system has multiple wired cameras which are set to monitor 24/7, each use Swann's True Detect technology, which is able to sense heat from large moving objects such as people or cars, and it can also send notifications when detected, to your smartphone.
Swann's Vice President of Global Marketing, Jeremy Stewart, stated that "the ability to effectively monitor and protect your home 24/7 is an increasing concern for consumers. With the Ultra HD 4K Series of DVRs, we are catering to both the professional market and the home, with the opportunity to stay alert at all times with amazing 4K video quality and powerful digital zoom. With Swann's True Detect Technology, you will always know what's happening."
Adding Google Assistant support to its system, Swann now allows users to bring up a live stream of the camera onto their TV, using Chromecast or an Android TV – or another set-top box that has Google Assistant support. This can be useful if you are watching a movie and hear something going on, you can ask Google to show you the feed from that camera, without having to get up and check it yourself. It's not as robust as other smart home systems with Google Assistant, but there's not a whole lot more that you would need to be able to do with Google Assistant and a security camera anyways.
Swann's 4K DVR Series does include kits of either four or eight cameras, and it does also sell these cameras separately. Now these are weatherproof, so they can be used outside, however, these are not wire-free, so you will need to run power to the camera that is outside. Swann does also support night vision up to 150-feet or 45-meters in total darkness. If there is any light outside at all, that distance increases to 200-feet or 60-meters. Swann, unlike other smart home security cameras, are offering free local recording on a 2TB hard drive, which is going to be enough for about 180 days of content. And users can also save images to their Dropbox account. So far, there's no word on availability or pricing for the Swann 4K DVR Series of security cameras, but that information should be available soon.