Google’s smart home system Nest arrives in Australia, allowing you to snoop on your own home for $14 a month

Nest, the connected home brand of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has officially arrived in Australia, with the release of smart surveillance cameras and a smart smoke alarm.

The Nest Cam Indoor and Nest Cam Outdoor cameras, both priced at $319, act as internet-connected eyes in and around a home for viewing from anywhere in the world. Both cameras capture vision in high definition to watch through any mobile device, as well as sending out motion detection alerts and offering talkback capabilities so you can tell the deliveryman to leave the parcel at the door.

But the cameras’ usefulness only reach full potential with a subscription that costs $14 per month for the first device then $7 per device afterwards. That fee allows the cameras to constantly record and upload the footage into the cloud, to review and zoom into video at a later time.

Business Insider understands that the later generation indoor camera Nest Cam IQ has been deliberately not released in Australia due to the high internet bandwidth requirements. The Nest Cam Indoor and Nest Cam Outdoor require a minimum of 500kbps, which most Australian broadband connections should be able to handle. Read more

Tony Yoo – Business Insider Australia – 11 July 2017