Scout: Home Security Aims to Protect Renters, Smart Phone Users
Home security systems have traditionally been relegated into the realm of expensive investments, requiring professional installation and normally outside the bounds of apartment or small home renters. My apartment is currently monitored with SimpliSafe, an easy-to-install, renter-friendly system. But one thing it's not is compatible with a smart device lifestyle. This is where something like Scout may fill-in the niche between home security and home monitoring via app+hardware...
At the core of Scout is a wi-fi enabled base station, connecting to your wireless network and then accessible from your computer or smart device. If your internet goes down, no worries, the Scout also has a 3G chip inside for such emergencies, alongside a backup battery.
Similar to the SimpliSafe system, Scout is designed for easy on, easy off installation, making it renter-friendly when permanent placement is off limits. Three types of monitoring devices connect with the base station: door sensors, window sensors, and motion detection unit. The door sensor skips the usual keypad input route and goes RFID, which means you'll just need a RFID chip/sticker if you somehow find yourself without your phone (which is normally used to arm or disarm the system).
The whole Scout system is being sold together for $120 or a la carte specific to your needs and size of home. That's less than a Xbox 360 or PS3...not exactly a motion-based gaming platform, but when it comes to home security, it's one a game home owners and renters always hope to win.
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