This is the third in our Christmas Blockbuster series of top startups for 2013. As people make plans to head out for the holidays, it’s a good time to take a look at the latest and most innovative home security products and startups.As an industry, business is booming for home security products and services. According to the latest statistics, there’s a burglary happening once every 15 seconds in the United States. One in every 36 homes will be burglarized, and the average haul for these burglaries is $1,675.
The fact that there are still more than two billion burglaries a year isn’t exactly good news, but what makes this sector so appealing for startups is that nine out of ten burglars avoid homes that have alarm systems. The average burglar must break in within 60 seconds, and any home that has additional security apart from locked doors and windows makes it well-nigh impossible.
The biggest new trend is that the home security industry is in the throes of a major transition to interactive security systems and sensors that homeowners can control from their smartphones.
It means the industry is moving towards smarter homes secured by traditional security systems topped off with an additional layer of wireless devices that communicate with cloud-based apps accessible from anywhere and on any device.
Let’s take a look at what the top 10 home security startups are doing, starting with:-
Download the free app and follow the on-screen instructions as you open up the box shipped to your doorstep. The SmartThings Hub and family of devices will be operational in as little as 15 minutes and protect your home in a myriad number of ways. It connects to everything from locks and thermostats to light switches and wall outlets, and the end result is that all the devices can communicate with you and with each other. (Cost – $99 one time purchase).
The Canary’s HD video camera and a whole bunch of sensors track everything from motion to vibration, humidity, temperature and air quality. It needs no installation, and you can use the app to stay informed from anywhere. (Cost – $199 pre-order one time purchase).
Like Canary, Piper is small but packs a hefty punch with panoramic video, Z-Wave home automation, a piercing siren, motion sensors and other environmental sensors that let you know about even the smallest change back at home. (Cost – $239 pre-order one time purchase)
Again, an all-in-one device that learns from the data collected by the sensors and actuators to build a model of how things should be. If anything goes out of whack, it’ll let you know based on your location. It can tell you if you left the light or the heater on, and allows you to turn it off remotely. (Cost – Kickstarter project in progress)
As the name suggests, it’s a smart lock that you control using an app accessible on your smartphone as well as through a web browser. You don’t need any keys or codes. You control access that can be customized for each person. For example, guests staying for a day may be provided 24/7 access for the duration of their stay, while a cleaning lady has access only for the designated couple of hours on a specific day of the week. (Cost – $199 pre-order one time purchase)
This is the same concept as the August Smart Lock. The Lockitron fits over your existing deadbolt, and you unlock or lock the door using the smartphone, and you can provide access to others. (Cost – $179 pre-order one time purchase)
This one lets you see, hear and speak to whoever’s at your door, and you can do it from anywhere since the SkyBell’s camera, speaker and mic hooks up with the smartphone app. It has motion sensors, rotating cameras and night vision that lets you know and see any time someone pops up on your doorstep, even if they don’t ring the bell. (Cost – $199 one time purchase)
Same as the SkyBell, the DoorBot also allows you to see and talk to the person at your door using your smartphone, regardless of whether you’re inside the home or halfway around the world. (Cost – $199 one time purchase)
Scout is all about making the system as hassle-free as possible. It’s a DIY setup, with no installation procedure and no wires or electronics to worry about. Renters can take it out just as easily when they move, and the best part is that you can customize the settings and decide how you handle alerts. You can monitor it yourself on your smartphone or computer, or have the pros do it for you. (Cost – $120 pre-order one time purchase + monitoring plans starting from $10/month)
Combines a cube as the plug-and-play hub or brain of the system with other portable devices including the iCamera. Apart from the app, you also get a hardware tag that allows you to control the system. (Cost – $199 one time purchase)