Honeywell’s DIY home security system powered by Amazon Alexa, introduced last November through a crowdfunding campaign, is officially available for retail. It is the professional installer company’s first DIY home security solution.
The security system is a cylinder device with a camera on the top, serving as the eye to monitor surroundings. It features 1080p HD video, wide-angle recording with 145-degree of view, night vision, motion and sound detection and facial recognition, which enables the camera, for example, to notify parents when children come home after school.
The base station is embedded with Amazon Alexa, which allows homeowners to ask the assistant for information, to play music and to control smart home appliances.
Z-Wave connection is also supported. Homeowners can connect the base station to other Z-Wave-powered gadgets to serve as a home automation hub to control devices.
Homeowners may purchase the Honeywell Smart Home Security Starter Kit, which includes the camera base station, two door/window sensors and one key fob.
These sensors will work with the hub. When unusual events are detected, the camera will start recording and send notification to users. The security system can also turn on customized lighting or sound customized sirens, such dog barking and running vacuum cleaner, to scare off potential intruders.
Remote control, setup and video monitoring can be done via the Honeywell Home app, which also supports all the Honeywell connected home products.
The camera in the base station can be turned off from the app or with a manual privacy ring control.
Honeywell offers 24 hours of video cloud storage for the new DIY home security system. There are two subscription options that customers may opt in: one camera for 1,500 video clips and 30 days of storage cost US$4.99 monthly; and unlimited cameras for 3,000 video clips and 60 days for storage cost US$14.99 monthly.
Honeywell had said the DIY home security system would become available for retail in March 2018. The launch was delayed for four months and can now be purchased at Lowe’s, Best Buy, Amazon and Home Depot in the U.S.
Honeywell just announced last week that its smart home business and ADI Global Distribution business will spin off to form a standalone company called Resideo. Honeywell will keep licensing its brand name to Resideo, and the restructure is expected to be completed by the end of the year.