Honeywell Launches DIY Smart Home Security System

Honeywell has manufactured security system equipment for many years, but the company is now getting into the DIY home security game with its newly launched Smart Home Security System.

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The company has launched the system on Indiegogo. Even though it’s just been announced, Honeywell has already exceeded its $50,000 goal with a month of fundraising left to go. Of course, a company like Honeywell doesn’t actually need to use a crowdfunding platform like Indiegogo, but Honeywell’s official announcement says the company is doing so to “obtain product feedback from ‘early-adopter’ consumers.”

Pricing And Accessories

Consumers can purchase a Camera Base Station ($399), a Sensor Pack ($160), or a starter pack that combines the two ($499). An ultra pack ($759) which also includes two motion sensors has sold out. (The prices listed here are retail, but those who are interested in purchasing now can get the typical Indiegogo discounts at this time.)

Honeywell worked with Amazon to include Alexa integration with its Camera Base Station, and the company says the system’s software will be upgraded to “integrate devices from Honeywell and other ecosystems, like Amazon, Google, IFTTT, and Apple HomeKit.” The station should also be compatible with Z-Wave Plus and the camera should gain facial recognition capabilities sometime in 2018.

Beyond the Camera Base Station, the system can include accessories such as access sensors, which can monitor the status of doors and windows, and a remote control key fob, which allows users to control the system without using Honeywell’s Lyric app (the main method of control for the system). MotionViewers and motion sensor accessories add more security features to the system.

Honeywell’s system also comes with 72 hours of free cloud storage for video alerts, with an option to purchase more time.

Further technical details on the 1080p HD Camera Base Station and more information on the system as a whole can be found on the Indiegogo site.

Availability

Honeywell looks to stand out in a crowded marketplace with its new DIY system, but it’ll be going against a number of established competitors in a market that shows no signs of slowing. The product’s timeline reveals that Smart Home Security System is due to start shipping in December, with wider retail availability expected in March 2018.

Want to learn more? Read our review of the Honeywell Lyric C2, or our review of the best home security cameras. 

Phil Dzikiy

Phil Dzikiy

Phil Dzikiy is the former editor in chief of Security Baron. Before, he has worked as a freelance writer and editor at websites like Wirecutter.com and iLounge.com along with publications like the Lockport Union Sun & Journal and the Greater Niagara Newspapers. With digital and print experience under his belt, Phil has a passion for all things technology including home security, cyber security, and the smart home. His bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland College Park initially landed Phil his first job at the Beaver County Times, which has lead to over 15 years of experience as a journalist.

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