Nest, Google’s smart home subsidiary, announced that it is lowering the price of its smart home security system from US$499 to US$399.
Debuted in September 2017, the Nest Secure includes a hub device Nest Guard, two sensors called Nest Detect and two tags to let users disarm the system with a tap.
Nest Detect sensors are battery-powered and able to detect motion and door open/close movement. Each sensor contains two pieces and through the strength of a magnetic field, it decides whether a field is disrupted by a door or window opening.
Nest also lowered the price of Nest Detect, from US$59 each to US$49.
Nest Guard, a small cylindrical device with keypads on the top, sits close to the front door, communicates with other security sensors and trigger alarms.
Nest Tags, embedded with NFC chips, are for children or other family members who come visit once in a while, so that they may turn off the home alarm system quickly. Homeowners can also set a temporary access for the tags.
The whole system works by connecting to the home Wi-Fi system. Telecommunication company T-Mobile also offers a cellular backup service in case of a power outage at home or if the Wi-Fi goes down. The back-up plan costs US$5 per month or US$50 per year.
Nest security systems are available on the Nest website, in Best Buy stores and in other retailers.
When Amazon officially acquired Ring, the e-commerce giant cuts the first-generation smart doorbell’s price from US$180 to US$100. Its second-generation smart speaker Echo also costs less than the first model.
Nest recently went back under Google’s business umbrella. As price competition intensifies in the smart home market and given Nest’s access to Google’s capital, cutting the price is a reasonable move for Nest.