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 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.
“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.”