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As such, there is a need to mechanically mount a smart device to an outdoor surface in a compact and robust manner and with a convenient access to a power supply source, while incorporating into the smart device some resistance mechanisms against potential severe weather conditions.

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Part of the ALS assembly 714 is exposed to incoming light, and therefore, visible from a front of the doorbell camera 106 in the lens assembly 704. The ALS assembly 714 is configured to compare the measured amount of light to a threshold illumination level, and the doorbell camera uses corresponding comparison results to determine its operation mode between a daytime mode and a night mode. Specifically, in some situations, the ALS assembly 714 determines that the mount of light entering the lens assembly 702 exceeds the threshold illumination level, and the doorbell camera 106 enables the daytime mode in which the IR illuminators are turned off. Alternatively, in some situations, the ALS assembly 714 determines that the amount of light entering the lens assembly 702 is not greater than the threshold illumination level, and the doorbell camera 106 enables a night mode in which the IR illuminators are optionally turned on to illuminate the field of view of the doorbell camera 106. In some implementations, two distinct threshold illumination levels are applied to enable a first type of switching from the daytime mode to the night mode and a second type of switching from the night node to the daytime mode. Thus, use of the ALS assembly 714 can be used to cause switching between the daytime and night modes and enable/disable the IR illuminators in an efficient manner. The doorbell camera 106 may further include a microphone and a speaker. In some implementations, the front cover plate 708 includes a microphone aperture 716 to allow sound signals to reach the microphone concealed within the doorbell camera 106. In some implementations, the device housing 702 includes a plurality of speaker openings 718 at its bottom rim surface. When the doorbell camera 106 is mounted onto a wall or doorframe surface, the speaker holes 718 are not visible from a gaze of a visitor approaching or standing near the surface, while still being able to broadcast audio messages to the visitor. In embodiments where the doorbell camera 106 includes both the microphone and the speaker, a remote user may review live video streams captured by the camera module of the doorbell camera 106, and have a conversation in real time with the visitor.

 

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Many law enforcement agencies nationwide said the idea to partner with Ring came after the company promoted its product at law enforcement conferences. Some departments have chosen to simply use Ring's Neighbors app, which encourages residents to share videos of suspicious activity. Other agencies agreed to provide subsidies, matched by Ring, to offer hundreds of discounted cameras in hopes of tapping into footage of residential streets, yards and sidewalks. And some police chiefs raffle off the devices. Ring would not disclose the number of communities with such partnerships. Sharing video is always voluntary and privacy is protected, according to the company and police. "There is nothing required of homeowners who participate in the subsidies, and their identity and data remain private," spokeswoman Brigid Gorham said. She said customers can control who views their footage, and no personally identifiable information is shared with police without a user's consent. Realistically, though, if police want video for an investigation, they can seek a search warrant. Tech industry analyst Carolina Milanesi said engaging with police and offering incentives is a "very smart move by Ring" and a missed opportunity for competitors, including Google's Nest and smaller companies such as Arlo Technologies and SimpliSafe. But a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California called the system "an unmitigated disaster" for the privacy of many neighborhoods.