Founded in June 2010, Shenzhen-based NetView Technologies is a company that develops network video products for homes. It currently has three main product lines—consumer security camera, baby monitor, and smart doorbell. Other product lines include home weather station, smart plug and air quality monitor. The company has in-house hardware and software design capabilities.
“While we outsource the manufacture of our products, we could do everything else by ourselves, from industrial design, mechanical design, PCB design to quality control. We also develop our own software, firmware and cloud platform,” said Chen. He added that the company has obtained 11 software copyrights in China and has 26 pending patent applications in China and the U.S. for its products.
Three Pain Points to be Solved for Smart Doorbells
Of the three main product lines, the smart doorbell product line is the latest to be launched. Chen said that when it comes to the design of smart doorbells, easy installation and setup, guaranteed reception, and high audio quality are three pain points to be solved.
“Guaranteed reception means that calls made on smart doorbells have to be received, just like on phones, and this requires work on device, the cloud, and the app, such as how well the device syncs with the server, and the server syncs with the app,” said Chen.
For high audio quality, Chen thinks that for smart doorbells, audio quality is the priority, whereas for consumer security cameras and baby monitors, video quality is the priority, and this difference is reflected on the different strategies for echo and noise cancellation and data transfer for smart doorbells compared with network cameras. He also noted that when it comes to noise cancellation on the customer’s smartphone, software is more of a determining factor than hardware.
“Echo cancellation for Android phones is particularly difficult because they come in various hardware and system design. Our app provides sound adjustment for various Android phones, and users can just play the music clip in the app to enable echo cancellation,” said Chen.
While NetView is focused on the three main product lines mentioned above at the moment, Chen expressed that the company is looking to expand its product portfolio in the future.