SimpliSafe, a DIY home security company, is beta testing a new service that lets agents see inside your home. and Talk to potential intruders during alarm events. of SimpliSafe live guard protection The service relies on new AI-powered security cameras. If the camera detects human movement while the system is armed, it can trigger an alarm and open a live feed for surveillance agents to see and talk to the person who initiated it.
This program only works with SimpliSafe’s new Smart Alarm Wireless Indoor Security Camera combined with a SimpliSafe Base Station and Interactive Monitoring monthly subscription. The smart alarm camera is an AI-enabled, battery-powered indoor security camera with a PIR motion sensor and built-in siren.
New cameras can detect motion, and onboard AI can distinguish between pets and people. While the system is working and detecting motion, the camera will process the footage locally, determine if it’s a pet or a person, and sound an alarm if it finds a person, said SimpliSafe’s senior vice-president of product. President Hooman Shahidi explained. The Barge in an interview.
At that time (not before), the SimpliSafe agent can display the live feed. This is what SimpliSafe already offers. Video verification option, to facilitate rapid response from emergency services. The difference with Live Guard is that the agent can communicate with the person via the camera’s built-in microphone array and speaker. The idea is that they could potentially scare them or see more exactly what was going on in order to initiate an appropriate response from emergency services if necessary.
The idea of having a living person look into your home clearly raises privacy concerns. It is said to be running. He also said: No one else has access to the live event and can only see it during alarms. ”
However, users can access interaction recordings via the SimpliSafe app. Additionally, like SimpliSafe’s existing indoor cameras, the Smart Alarm camera has a mechanical privacy shutter that clicks open and close with sound and vision. By default, the shutter is closed when the system is set to home mode or off.
This “proactive” approach to professional home security monitoring is nothing new. Avoid having to evaluate failures. But SimpliSafe is the first company to do so. inside your home.
The Live Guard feature will begin in beta on February 2nd and will be fully released later this year. SimpliSafe customers interested in applying for the beta can do so at the following URL: SimpliSafe.com.
There are no prices for cameras or live guard monitoring yet. SimpliSafe will confirm these details once the program exits beta, Shahidi said. For now, Beta participants will be offered the new camera for $49.99 (discounted price). For comparison, Ring’s Virtual Guard costs $99 per month on top of the $20 per month Ring Protect Plus subscription.
Indoor security cameras walk a delicate line. Especially given recent news that security camera companies like Eufy are not being transparent about their technology, it’s no wonder people are wary. However, SimpliSafe’s approach offers many safeguards, such as automatic privacy shutters and local processing. But that doesn’t allay everyone’s concerns. Shahidi says the new camera is clearly designed as a security he device and not just for checking in on your pet (but it can!). The Live Guard feature is also opt-in, so you might be willing to take the risk if it gives you more peace of mind.