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Forget Wi-Fi, Panasonic’s new security cam sports 4G connectivity

Web-connected security cameras are great for monitoring your property and belongings, but what if the place you need to surveil doesn’t have a Wi-Fi connection? Without a network to hop on so it can sling video to the cloud, you’ve generally got to store everything locally, which can be a pain to set up.

To solve this problem, Panasonic has developed a new product called Nubo: a standalone security camera that boasts 4G mobile Internet connectivity, allowing users to save and access video without a Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection.

“Consumers have long had to compromise on mobility and connectivity when it came to their surveillance needs, bound either by location or connectivity,” said Tijmen Vos, CTO of Panasonic Cameramanager and product evangelist of Panasonic Nubo. “Our vision is to deliver a product that allows users the freedom and flexibility of choosing where the camera can be used and the confidence in knowing that the data created is securely transmitted and stored. With the introduction of Nubo, we’re putting the control of safety and surveillance into the user’s hands.”

Set to launch later this year, the Nubo platform will come complete with a high-definition camera, mobile data plan, mobile app for controls and alerts, an external battery pack and add-on options, and even a few gigabytes of secure cloud storage.

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Oh, and did we mention it’s also waterproof? Nubo carries an IP66 rating, which means it’s both water- and dust-proof, and can therefore be mounted and used outside.

It’s not quite available for purchase quite yet, but Nubo will be available for pre-order in the U.K., the Netherlands and the United States starting in April 2015, though it’s not expected to ship until next year.