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More Pet Owners are Using Cameras to Check on Their Pets


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Pet owners use home security cameras to check their pets more often than their front door, according to a survey commissioned by Comcast and conducted by Wakefield Research. About 44 percent check in on their pets at least four times a day, and 38 percent take a peek at their pet(s) during work, the survey found. About 94 percent of pet owners said that checking in on their pet is one of the best parts of their day.

To make it easier for its Xfinity customers to keep tabs on their pets, Comcast has launched a new pet filter feature on its Xfinity Home security camera. The filter uses artificial intelligence to sort through hours of footage to identify just those with pets in them.

“We developed this feature to help our customers quickly filter motion-triggered events by people, vehicles or pets because we wanted to bring them the video clips that matter most even faster,” said Dennis Mathew, vice president and general manager of Comcast’s Xfinity Home. “It’s an intelligent home security solution that enables our customers to easily check in on their loved ones from anywhere, anytime.”

The survey also found:

·       73 percent of pet owners who check their cameras do so while on vacation; 59 percent have checked while at a party or social event; 44 percent have checked during a workout; 38 percent during a meeting; 38 percent while talking on the phone; and 32 percent while out on a date.

·       68 percent of respondents reported checking in on their pet(s) more than social media to see what their family and friends are up to, and 84 percent reported they have shared video clips of their pet(s) on social media platforms.

·       88 percent of respondents have checked in on their pets and caught them doing something naughty such as sitting in a forbidden place (39 percent), making excessive noise (36 percent), eating human food that has been left out (33 percent); damaging furniture or accessories (30 percent); hiding or moving objects around the home (30 percent); relieving him/herself on the floor or on the furniture (26 percent); vomiting (19 percent), or getting stuck somewhere (17 percent).

“I feel the extra eye on them can be a lifesaver and it gives me needed insurance when I can check in on them from anywhere, at any time,” said network journalist Jill Rappaport. “Camera technology has really evolved and is an amazing way for pet owners to check in, especially for people with puppies who need constant monitoring or senior pets that often have health issues.”

The pet filter feature arrives just as NBC Universal releases the “Secret Life of Pets 2.”

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