Honeywell Launches DIY All-in-One Security System with Alexa
A few weeks ago, Honeywell informed the industry that it planned to launch something special in the DIY smart home security market. No real details about the project were shared other than the fact that it would include some sort of security camera and it would be made available to early adopters through crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.
That changed this week. On Wednesday, Honeywell dropped a ton of details about the project, which appears to be an entire smart home security system. Front and center in the announcement of the Honeywell Smart Home Security System was that the solution would launch with support for Amazon Alexa, allowing the user to control and monitor their entire smart home from one main hub, using an app or their voice.
“More than 150 million homeowners already trust Honeywell with their safety, comfort and security,” Michael Flink, president, Honeywell Security and Fire, said in a statement. “Right out of the box and enabled by Amazon Alexa, our system allows customers to keep an eye on what’s happening in and around their homes. As is the case with all of Honeywell’s Connected Home offerings, the system can be enabled by location-based geofencing, which means it knows when you are at home or away.”
Honeywell explained that the security system is future proof thanks to upgradeable software, and it can be customized with accessories that “fit your specific needs.”
The main component of the Honeywell Smart Home Security System is a camera base station that features a 1080p HD camera with a 145-degree viewing angle. Through already planned future software upgrades, the camera will incorporate facial recognition technology. Additionally, the camera features a “high-quality speaker and microphone” setup that enables interaction with the Alexa Voice Service.
Another planned software upgrade in 2018 will enable audio analytics, which will allow the system to know the difference between an alarm going off, the specific type of alarm that’s going off, a dog barking, and other loud noises.
The Honeywell Smart Home Security System will feature indoor and outdoor sensors and motion viewers that can alert the homeowner if doors or windows are opened, and can monitor kids and other activity throughout the home. Honeywell said that the camera base station can be adjusted using a schedule, location-based geofencing, or customizable event and scene triggers. All of the self-monitoring features are available directly through the app.
"We applaud Honeywell for their commitment to listen to the ‘crowd’ in crowdsourcing ideas for their latest innovation," Jonathan Cohen, chief enterprise solutions officer at Indiegogo, said in the statement. "Indiegogo's Enterprise offering will allow Honeywell to capture interest and validation while receiving actionable, product insights from consumers."
Honeywell’s Smart Home Security System is available for order through the Indiegogo Enterprise Crowdfunding service at a discounted price through December 16. The product will have a wider launch early next year with bundled pricing starting at $499.