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One Year Later, Mother’s Day Check-in

Last year we provided Canary camera’s to three families to capture the special moments as they welcomed their newborn’s into their lives. They went through the trials and tribulations that parents go through. There were frustrating moments, wonderful and amazing moments, and lots of tired moments but as any parent will tell you, it was all worth it.

 

We decided to follow up with the families one year later as they transitioned from newborns to toddlers. Their little bundle of joy’s have grown to be quite a bit more mobile and a bit louder but the amazing moments that they and their parents share continued.

Mother's Day 1 year Later - YouTube
Toddler Times

A year can change a lot. These tiny newborns are now full blown toddlers. They've traded in being swaddled for crawling, walking, making more noise and eating a bit more diversely. Parenthood is a challenging task for anyone and these families are really doing amazing jobs. Each of these wonderful families will continue to grow and make lifelong memories every year. We’re very proud at Canary to provide them with a solution that meets their needs. They’ve caught all their own moments when they’ve wanted to.

A special thank you goes out to these amazing families we’re so lucky to share your moments (Cortney and son Nathaniel, Melissa and daughter Camille, and Dorain and daughter Taylor).

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The Canary Blog by Canary Team - 2M ago

Canary’s approach to safeguarding your data

People today are bringing more and more connected devices into their homes.

Since 2017, the average household has more connected devices than people and pets as the promise of these devices have become more clear to consumers—smarter home surveillance, smarter energy usage, smarter shopping and more.

But as connected devices continue to enter modern homes, safety concerns around privacy and general security arise. Each device can act as a potential vector that, if not properly safeguarded or designed, can enable a hacker to access your home network and everything connected to it.

Since day one, Canary knew about this reality, which is why every device, feature or update we implement is considered first and foremost from a security and privacy perspective for you.

Our Approach

Protecting user privacy and security has always been our number one priority as a company.

Our customers allow our devices into the most private spaces of their homes—their living rooms, bedrooms, nurseries and more—to protect home and family. It’s not a responsibility we take lightly, and we value the trust users place in Canary to proactively secure their data and protect their privacy.

Canary has always gone above and beyond to make our devices, and the cloud infrastructure they rely on, among the most secure in the industry. Throughout development we worked with various external security professionals and consulting agencies to create a hack-proof product that people can trust and rely on to protect not only their home from unwanted intruders, but malignant cyberthreats as well. And, for us, security begins at the factory.

During the manufacturing process of any Canary device, our products undergo tests in a semi-self-aware state where various security procedures are performed and documented. We do this for every single device we make, and if they meet an incredibly high standard ensuring security integrity at the end of these tests, each device is then assigned a unique set of cryptographic credentials. These credentials allow a Canary device to connect to our encrypted cloud system and validate itself as a genuine, untampered device.

Once a device is validated, it becomes certified as operational and only at this point can it be used by a Canary customer. If a device fails this rigorous validation process, it automatically becomes unusable and never reaches the market. This process ensures that every Canary device is able to communicate and authenticate itself exclusively through encrypted communication channels to our servers—preventing it from “talking” to a fake server presenting itself as part of our system.

When a user activates and pairs a genuinely certified Canary device to their Canary account, all information that lives on the device, as well as all information that is communicated to our cloud system, is fully encrypted. Each device uses a unique pair of encryption keys to access our servers, which cycle every few seconds—meaning that even if a wide scale data breach were to occur, video content captured by a user’s device is inaccessible.

And we didn’t stop there—our customers can rest assured that their video content is even safe from us! No Canary employee is able to access any customers’ video storage. There is only one dedicated individual at Canary with the proper authorization who can access video content from a user, and may only do so when presented with a valid court order. At the end of the day, these security precautions, which go further than current industry standards, enable Canary’s smart home security cameras to be among the most secure connected consumer devices on the market today.

How We Train Canary

Canary uses artificial intelligence, computer vision and deep learning technologies to offer advanced detection capabilities for its users—meaning that Canary devices are developing capabilities to not only detect motion and flag activity to users, but also identify what exactly it is detecting and quickly relay that information to users.

Such technologies, however, require vast amounts of information to hone its accuracy and ability to correctly identify what a camera is seeing at any given moment. While it may make sense to “train” such a system with real video content captured by our users, it would also be a violation of their privacy—so we don’t do that.

As an alternative to respect user privacy, we instead fine-tune our algorithms by integrating opensource networks trained on external datasets to hone our smart detection capabilities. This process is how the Canary system is trained today, and always will be—and never with captured user data.

Security and the protection of user data and privacy takes effort and resources, and this is an area that we have historically invested heavily in and will continue to do so as people’s lives become more connected with new technology.

You, our customer, trust us dearly, and that’s a privilege we will always honor with best-in-class security standards.

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With a Canary device at home, you always know what’s going on in and around your home. And with the Canary app you’re also always equipped and empowered to act in an emergency situation.

Today, we’re adding a layer of personal security to our service that extends beyond the home, to provide you and your family with a personal safety net, no matter where you or they may be.  

We’ve partnered with Noonlight, leaders in emergency response products, to bring the Safety Button to the Canary app.

Easy to access and activate from Canary’s home screen, the Safety Button immediately notifies first responders with your GPS location, personal information, and any contextual data necessary in the case of an emergency, ensuring a speedy and accurate response from the authorities. No matter where you or your loved ones are, the Safety Button is a personal safety net—providing near instantaneous connection with first responders.

Introducing The Safety Button - YouTube

As a standalone app, Noonlight’s service usually costs $2.99/month per user, but the Safety Button is available now for free to all U.S. Canary users at a location with Membership. If you don’t have Membership, you can sign up for a month’s free trial when you use the promo code: NOONLIGHT.  

How It Works

Once you update your Canary app, tap the shield icon and follow the steps to set up your Noonlight account. Once you’ve created a login, if you ever feel unsafe, just open your Canary app and tap the Safety Button icon on your location’s Dashboard, then hold your thumb on the Safety Button.

When you release the button, a 10-second countdown timer will start, prompting you to enter your Safety Button PIN. If everything’s OK, enter your PIN and the alarm will be called off. However, if you still feel in danger and in need of contacting the emergency services, don’t enter your PIN—as soon as the countdown timer reaches zero, your location and distress signal will immediately be shared with local emergency services dispatchers.

Keep the whole family safe

The Safety Button is available to all members of a Canary location, so the whole family can stay individually protected. If there are kids at home who aren’t a member of your Canary’s location, just send an invite—once they sign up, they’ll have instant access to the Safety Button.

From young children walking home from soccer practice, to first-time college kids getting a rideshare back to campus, to an elderly parent living alone, the Safety Button is so easy to use and understand, and gives peace of mind to everyone in your family.

Going further to keep you secure

The Safety Button is great when you’re away from home, on-the-go, or you feel like your personal security is threatened— and it’s just one of several Canary features that can help to keep you safe.

When something’s wrong at your home, Canary provides one-touch access to first responders, connecting you by phone to the emergency services local to your home. Even if you’re thousands of miles away on vacation—you’ll instantly be connected to local police, fire or EMS who can be at your house in minutes. And if you have a Canary All-In-One, you can sound the 90+ dB siren while watching live or viewing a Timeline event.

We’re so excited to launch this feature today, and we’d love to hear your feedback and suggestions to make Canary even better. You can get in touch by emailing us at support@canary.is, or by sending us a message on Twitter or Facebook.

Your security is our priority: with the Safety Button, Canary has you more covered than ever before.

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The Canary Blog by Canary Team - 1y ago

Just over a month ago, we launched our Salute First Responders campaign, designed to recognize the bravery and commitment of the women and men across the nation who serve their communities as First Responders. We wanted to highlight their stories, and give back by donating thousands of Canary security devices to individual First Responders and their departments across the U.S.

We’ve been blown away by the response, with thousands of nominations coming in from people whose lives have been touched by the First Responders in their communities.

Today we’re sharing just a few of the amazing stories that have inspired us so much over this past month. The nomination window is over, but there’s still one week left to Salute your First Responder, so read the stories below and head to SaluteFirstResponders.com to find your favorites and add your Salute.

E. Thurmond, Rockford, IL

“Eric Thurmond is a one of a kind officer in this nation. He is literally everything the public looks for when it comes to serving the community. He resides in Rockford in a low income neighborhood to create a police presence in the neighborhood itself. Thurmond has also put in his own money and own personal fundraising to buy coats, food, and other items for school kids and the homeless when the department had turned him away due to lack of funding. Thurmond has already served our nation in the military, and has again put himself in a role to protect on the homefront. I’m proud to know this officer and only wish I could be half the man he is.”

C. Joy, Litchfield Park, AZ

“Cyrus Jr. is an amazingly talented and dedicated firefighter. He regularly volunteers for the union and Peoria Charities, including collecting donations for disabled children and collecting toys for the Holiday Donation Drive. He is always available to offer support and guidance to new and potential recruits, and studies and trains regularly to stay sharp. He is fully committed to his community, while still making time for his family, including his daughter recently diagnosed with developmental delays. He was chosen as Peoria Firefighter of the Year, a well deserved honor for such an amazing man.”

R. Pennecke Jr., Huntington, NY

“Richard has been a Police officer for 7 years. He started in New York City where he worked tirelessly to keep the communities safe. Richard once helped a toddler find his way home after receiving a call that he was missing. The boy was wondering the streets of NYC, and was very cold. Richard put his jacket around the boy and, hand in hand, walked him home. Richard currently works on Long Island and is always proactive in trying to keep residents safe.”

J. Taylor, Philadelphia, PA

“Officer Taylor is currently the only female serving in the Civil Enforcement Unit and takes pride in everything she does. She is also the founder of Comforters for Comfort—an initiative to help keep homeless individuals warm through the winter.”

A. Cutburth, Houston, TX

“Adrienne, or “Big A” is a paramedic for Acadian Ambulance. What makes Big A super is that she has been battling cancer since she was just 2 years old. Within the last few months, Big A has relapsed—determined to help others, Big A convinced her doctors to allow her to work on the ambulance, so long as she wears her respirator.”

Rockport Volunteer Fire Department, Rockport, TX

“Devastated last fall by a direct hit from Hurricane Harvey, nine of our families of Volunteers lost everything they had, while the rest suffered damaged homes, and lost jobs. Yet they stepped up and helped at the station for months! They continue to serve their community as they rebuild, demonstrating a resilience of heart that makes the entire community proud.”

Salute Your Favorites

These stories are just a tiny selection of the incredible nominations submitted at SaluteFirstResponders.com. There’s just one week left to vote, so read the nominations, Salute your favorites, and be inspired!

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