Nest Labs Files New Outdoor Camera Tests to FCC

Nest Labs has made a new filing to the Federal Communications Commission for an improved version of the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor. Like its predecessors the Nest Cam Outdoor and the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor, the camera will connect to a plug via a USB and power cable. The filing, received in September of 2018, includes test results from Sporton International Inc and EMC & Wireless Communications Laboratory, performed from January to February of 2019. The tests ensured that the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor’s design is in accordance with 47 CFR Part 2. 1091, which regulates radiation exposure. The labs also tested the camera for its bandwidth and other emissions, submitting the results on June 13, 2019.

Nest Cam IQ Outdoor

Nest Transitions to Google Nest

The Nest Cam IQ Outdoor’s rebranding is part of a larger effort on the part of Nest to rebrand as Google Nest. Works with Nest, dozens of smart home devices that work with Nest currently, will end on August 31, 2019 and will change into Works with Google Assistant. The Nest app is still available, although users will switch to Google accounts gradually. By creating one secure account, Google can provide users with notifications for suspicious activity, personalized security checkups as well as two-step verification.

Nest and Privacy

Google’s announcement, written by Rishi Chandra, Google Home and Nest’s Vice President of Product and General Manager, explained that Google was focusing on privacy as well, with explanations regarding:

  • Technical specifications for audio, video, activity and environmental sensors.
  • How footage, recordings, and environmental sensor data is used. Google will use it to improve their services and not to sell to third-party companies.
  • How to control and manage data, enabling users to “access, review and delete” any stored footage of audio recordings from Google accounts at anytime.

Chandra wrote,

“Our goal is simple: earn and keep your trust by clearly explaining how our products work and how we’ll uphold our commitment to respect your privacy.”

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza is a journalist living in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout her career, her work has spanned many intersections within the tech industry. At SquareFoot, a New York-based real estate technology company, she wrote about the ways in which technology has changed the real estate industry, as well as the challenges that business owners face when they want to invest in property. At, an education technology website, Aliza created digital content for lifelong learners, exploring the ways in which technology has democratized education. Additionally, she has written articles for The Huffington Post as well as her own content on Medium, the online publishing platform. Aliza’s love of journalism and research stems from the excellent Journalism program at Brandeis University. At Brandeis, Aliza interned as a research assistant at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit “news room without walls”. There, Aliza was paired with an investigative journalist and used academic databases to obtain data on everything from the suicide rates in Bhutan to local Boston court cases. Her last position was as an account executive at Yelp, educating business owners on the power of technology to increase revenue. Throughout, however, her heart remained with tech journalism, and she’s thrilled to be writing for Security Baron. When she’s not keeping afloat of the latest tech trends, Aliza likes to cook, read, and write. A former high school “Class Clown,” Aliza has completed two feature-length screenplays, a pilot, and countless comedic sketches. On her days off you can find her relaxing in Prospect Park, trying the latest flavors at Ample Hills Ice Cream, and spending time with friends and family.

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