Friday, May 15, 2015

Spotlight on the Canary Home Security Device

Surveillance and security might be the most important, essential piece of the home automation puzzle. While there are a number of options that promise you peace of mind with a more secure home, there aren't many available that give you the functionality of the Canary Wireless Security System.

How Does Canary Work?

The Canary device is marketed as an all-in-one security solution that detects and analyzes multiple types of activity and conditions in your home in order to keep you and your loved ones safe. Instead of requiring expensive and complicated installation, you simply put the Canary device somewhere that's central in your home where it can pick up the most of your family's activities, plug it into a power source, connect Canary to your home network, and immediately start receiving notifications on your smartphone. Using the companion Android and iOS apps, you can stream live footage of your home and its inhabitants right on your phone.

With its built-in sensors, the Canary device can check your air quality, detect gas leaks and excess moisture, and even smoke in case of a fire. According to co-founder and co-creator of the Canary wireless security device Adam Sager, who has 15 years of experience working with security systems, having one Canary device containing these sensors and security features in a single, central area instead of spread thin throughout the home is more effective since these high-traffic areas are most likely also the areas of your home with the greatest vulnerabilities.

Perhaps the most impressive feature the Canary offers is the ability to learn the rhythms of your life. As you and your family leave for work or school, return home, go to bed, and so on, Canary leaves when things should be calm and still, becoming more sensitive to happenings in your home at the most appropriate times. The end result of Canary being able to learn from you is less false alarms and smarter, more reliable notifications. 

Canary sends notifications that contain an HD recording of the event that triggered the alert, which you watch and respond to accordingly by clicking the appropriate action on the app. Currently available in three colors — black, white, and silver — the Canary home security device costs $249 and comes with 12 GB of free cloud storage for the HD footage of your home that Canary records, but higher-storage plans will soon be available for a monthly subscription.

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