Ring, an Amazon-owned smart home company, has created a new app called “Neighbors,” a neighborhood community app that provides local crime and safety related information.
Ring originally launched the Neighborhoods feature in its smart home app. By turning the feature into a standalone app, the company wants to create a neighborhood watch group and improve neighborhood safety.
The app provides local crime and safety information, videos shared by Ring security camera owners, and a place where everyone in the community can post messages.
Police departments and law enforcement services may sign up and share their data on the platform as well.
Everyone, even if they don’t own a Ring product, may sign up with the Neighbors app. They are required to first select the geographic area for which they want to receive notifications. And then they will begin to get alerts from officials, the Ring team as well as the neighbors.
Every user may also upload texts, photos and videos in the app, as a means to contribute to the neighborhood security, preventing package thefts and burglaries.
“By bringing security to every neighbor with the free Nighbors app, communities can stay on top of crime and safety alerts as they happen,” said Jamie Siminoff, chief inventor and founder of Ring, in a statement.
Ring partnered with the L.A. Police Department back in 2016, to install Ring video doorbells in 10% of homes in selected neighborhoods. The company claimed to have millions of users on the Neighbors network.
Amazon closed the deal acquiring Ring in April for about US$1 billion.
It’s not the first app provided by smart home companies that want to create a neighborhood security network.
Vivint Smart Home launched a new app called Streety earlier this year. It allows homeowners in a community to share their outdoor camera footages with neighbors, so that homeowners can have the view of the whole neighborhood even though their own cameras don’t cover every angles.