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SmartHawk Home Drone Hovers Overhead for Complete Surveillance

CastleOS Software debuts home drone to monitor and protect property; integrates with complete home automation system.


CastleOS launches SmartHawk home drone
Julie Jacobson · April 1, 2013

BOSTON—Today CastleOS Software, LLC announces a new addition to its suite of home automation products, the SmartHawk home drone control software. SmartHawk gives homeowners the ability to control their own aerial drone to monitor and protect their property. No longer are drones only the purview of the government, now all property owners can have an exciting and affordable airborne addition to their home automation suite.

With patrol schedules and automated charging stations, your drone can stealthily fly a predetermined course around the perimeter of your property keeping lookout for unwanted visitors, and providing real-time weather data linked to your home’s smart thermostat, making it so you that you can keep an eye in the sky and never have to touch the thermostat again!

The drone’s HD and HD-IR cameras, digital microphone, and remote-uplink speaker allow for unparalleled flexibility in property monitoring, all from an easy-to-use Android or iOS application. Operating the drone is as simple as programming property boundaries into its onboard GPS Map, installing the easy-to-setup home drone launcher, and selecting a pre-programmed or custom watch pattern, such as “Dusk-to-Dawn” mode. 

Soon this feature will be expanded to support multi-drone swarms, allowing homeowners of large properties to use a network of SmartHawk drones operating in parallel to enlarge and overlap coverage, allowing the system to retain complete protection while individual units recharge.

SmartHawk joins CastleOS’ existing advanced automation features DawnGuard, NightShield, EnergyEye, PermaLight, and others, and is fully integrated with CastleOS voice control system using Microsoft Kinect. With CastleOS, launching your drone is as simple as saying, “Computer, launch the drone.”



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  About the Author

Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at julie.jacobson@emeraldexpo.com

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