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Amazon acquires wireless security camera company

26 December 2017, 02:05 | Gina Pena

Amazon acquires wireless security camera company

Amazon buys smart camera and doorbell startup Blink

Amazon said Friday it had reached a deal to acquire Blink, a startup developing battery-powered home-automation devices, including a wireless security camera and doorbell.

If you own one of our systems, nothing changes for now. "It's Day 1 for us at Amazon, and we're looking forward to seeing what we can deliver to our customers together", reads the press release from Blink.

The main difference is that Blink's products work wirelessly, while Amazon's existing options usually need to be plugged in.

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Blink announced the acquisition on its blog and didn't disclose the deal price. You can see the announcement post at the source link below.

Based in Andover, Mass., Blink was launched after a crowdfunding campaign raised more than $1 million for its wireless home monitoring system in 2014.

The move could help Amazon compete in the fast-growing home security camera market and against similar devices made by Nest, a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet. Unlike rival systems that require a wired power connection, or the few battery-powered cameras already on the market which generally had relatively short battery life, Blink's promised more than a year of home monitoring from a single charge. The company stretched its connected lineup for homes back this year with its Cloud Cam, which is a security camera that has from then has become a fundamental part of Amazon Key; a connected lock that allows the delivery workers of Amazon enter homes for dropping by ordered packages when the homeowner is out. -- Blink now makes an indoor camera and outdoor camera.



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