Arlo’s Smart service plans feature Person Detection, access to e911 services, and Rich Notifications

Keeping an eye on your home when you are at work or away on vacation is easier than it used to be thanks to companies like Arlo with its all-weather Pro 2 security camera, Doorbell, and Chime devices. The company also offers a bunch of Smart service plans that use advanced algorithms to cut down on false notifications thanks to Person Detection, Cloud Activity Zones, and Rich Notification features.

All Arlo security cameras come with a basic subscription with seven days of motion and audio-triggered recordings for up to five cameras. The smart features cost extra, with Arlo Smart costing $2.99 per camera for access to Person Detection, Cloud Activity Zones, and Rich Notifications. Next is the Arlo Smart Premier plan that costs $9.99 monthly, offering the same features plus the e911 function for up to 10 cameras and stores recordings for up to 30 days. Finally, for $14.99 you can get the Arlo Smart Elite package that has the same Smart features and supports up to 20 security cameras as well as storing recordings for up to 60 days. Let’s take a closer look at the smart features of these new Smart service plans:

  • Person Detection – Enables the camera to differentiate between humans and animals, cutting down on false notifications
  • Cloud Activity Zones – Highlight a specific area in your camera’s view where you want to monitor motion and receive alerts
  • Rich Notifications – Alerts and screenshots are delivered right to your smartphone’s lock screen so you can immediately see what is happening without needing to open the app
  • e911 Emergency Call Services – A first for smart home security, the E911 function delivers the immediate opportunity to contact emergency responders near your camera’s location directly

Arlo’s latest security camera is the weather-proof Pro 2 which boasts wire-free functionality along with 1080p HD quality video. The Pro 2 has rechargeable batteries that can be replaced and the camera is compatible with Amazon’s Alexa and the Google Assistant, depending on your preference. There’s an array of optional mounts and accessories available that allow you to customize the aesthetics and location of your Pro 2 camera. Other features include Smart Alerts, two-way audio, an intuitive app that saves seven days of recording for up to five cameras, wide-angle PIR motion sensor, integrated night vision, and a 100+ decibel siren that can be controlled remotely or triggered locally.

The Arlo Pro 2 is priced at $299 for a single camera, $479 for two, $670 for three, or $1099 for 6. If you buy an Arlo security camera, you’ll also snag a 1-month trial subscription to Arlo’s Smart Premier plan. Currently, you can grab a two-pack for $299 or a six-pack from Amazon for $699 thanks to a current promotion.

If that wasn’t quite enough options, you could also add the smart, wire-free Doorbell that connects to the smartphone app, allowing users the ability to interact with visitors remotely and even call e911 emergency services in conjunction with the Arlo Smart plans. You can also customize which chime to play when someone comes to your door. The Arlo Doorbell and Chime devices are set to become available from retailers later this year.

Keep an eye out for Erik’s upcoming review of the Arlo Pro 2 security camera and the Smart Premier subscription.

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About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Huawei MediaPad M5 (8.4) in his pockets and thinks nothing of lugging a 17-inch laptop around in his backpack. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).