Available from BGW Technologies, SkyBell Trim Plus is a compact battery-powered vertical doorbell camera that’s managed via the Alarm.com app and offers cloud recording and a monster 180-degree x 120-degree angle of view.

Skybell’s wide view is supported by 2.1 metres of IR and integrated motion detection to 4m. Other features include chime on/off, on-demand video and recorded clips, 2-way audio through built in speaker and microphone and multi-user capability. SkyBell is just 3.5cm wide so it can be installed on slim door frames.

SkyBell is compatible with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 2.4 GHz up to 150 Mbps and there’s an upload bandwidth of 2Mbps. The device uses existing doorbell wiring and power requirements are 8-30V AC, 10VA or 12VDC, 0.5 to 1.0A wired to an in-home mechanical chime – digital doorbell chime compatibility requires use SkyBell Digital.

The unit is 12.2cm x 3.65cm x 2.86cm, has a weight of 57g, is weatherproof to IPX4, delivers 1080p video at up to 15 frames per second, offers colour video in 0.5 lux, has an omnidirectional microphone, a UL94 case, an operation temperature range of 0 to 50C, is compatible with Android and iPhone,

Operationally, then SkyBell’s PIR sensor is activated, it immediately turns the camera on and starts to record directly to the device. This activation triggers an initial motion event. The SkyBell continues monitoring this activity energy from the PIR sensor and when meeting a more stringent threshold, it sends a notification to the phone.

If the notification is answered, the SkyBell records for as long as the activity is detected. If the notification is not answered, the SkyBell records for 30 seconds in addition to the initial motion event, approximately 35-40 seconds. Once the recording is complete, the device sends the video to the SkyBell cloud servers, where it can be accessed almost immediately and is kept for 7 days.