Arlo has launched an all-new Essential Indoor Camera featuring an automated privacy shield for users to automatically activate if they want the camera lens open or closed.

The unique automated privacy shield is designed to ease privacy concerns around having a security camera indoors. When in disarm mode, recording, motion and audio detection is disabled and won’t be enabled until the shield is opened by the user via the Arlo app. Users can signal the privacy shield to open automatically and begin recording by starting a live stream or changing the camera to arm mode.

Arlo holds user privacy in the highest regard and the Essential Indoor Camera further supports that commitment, Arlo vice president and managing director for Asia Pacific, Brad Little said.

“Unlike competitive indoor monitoring solutions, we designed the Essential Indoor Camera with a clearly visible privacy shield, easily differentiating it from the camera face so users can distinguish at a glance when the privacy mode is activated. This thoughtful design element provides added peace of mind, so users can quickly identify whether or not the camera is capable of recording.”

The Essential Indoor Camera offers 1080p HD video with enhanced night vision, 130-degree diagonal field-of-view, motion and audio detection and full-duplex audio for two-way conversations with built-in microphone and speaker.

A built-in siren can be triggered automatically or manually from the Arlo app, upon motion or audio detection, providing added safety. The camera works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT for increased interaction, automation, and control.

Users receive a complimentary three-month trial for Arlo’s AI and CV service, Arlo Smart, included with their purchase. Arlo Smart provides extended 30-day rolling cloud storage of 1080p HD video recordings. Smarter, customisable notifications enable users to detect people and animals inside the home.

The Arlo Essential Indoor Camera was recognised as a 2021 CES Innovation Award Honouree and recipient of a 2021 Twice Picks Award. Available in white, the indoor camera has an integrated swivel mount for users to angle and mount the device on walls or place on any surface.

The Essential Indoor Camera is now available at leading electrical retailers nationally for RRP $159.