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Berlin, Germany-based Bird Home Automation has announced that its home technology products, including the DoorBird Wi-Fi doorbell system, are now available for purchase in the United States.

As part of the move, the company has opened its first U.S. office in San Francisco.

“Expanding our business all over the world is a very exciting step for DoorBird,” says CEO and founder Dr. Bernd Mueller. “At DoorBird we are proud to bring our ... high-tech solution to our new customers. The quality of our doorbell system is the most exclusive one out there.”

The Wi-Fi doorbell DoorBird features a wide variety of features that allow homeowners to see visitors at the door in high definition, talk to them, and even open the door—all from a smartphone or tablet. It includes an add-on night-vision camera, motion sensor so owners know what happens in front of their home, microphone, speaker, and light sensor.

The product sends a push message to a user’s smartphone as soon as a visitor rings. With built-in facial recognition, the system also sends users the name of the visitor. A 100-decibel burglar siren or a loud announcement sounds if someone tries to break into the house.

In addition to the built-in benefits, the system also allows homeowners to add on elements, such as a smoke detector, alarm, and window and door sensors. If homeowners leave the house and don’t remember if they closed the door, the DoorBird App allows them to check. It also notifies users if someone enters the house.

Cloud recording keeps videos of the last seven days of visits, allowing homeowners to search them on their smartphone.

The product connects to an existing door chime and electronic lock, gate, or garage door opener and comes in a weatherproof and tamper-resistant stainless steel case.

Priced from $349, the system supports iPhones, iPads, and Android devices.