Ring — the security company which was acquired by Amazon earlier this year — has introduced a new app, Neighbors, which is designed to act as a “new neighborhood watch.”
The app was first introduced at this year’s CES, but back then it was only known as the Ring Neighborhoods network, and details were scarce. Neighbors is available for free on both Apple’s App Store and the Google Play store.
We downloaded the app, which requires signing up and sharing your location before anything can be done. Users who already have a Ring account are given a separate option to log in.
The video shown below briefly demonstrates the purpose of the app, which aims to deliver “instant crime and safety alerts” customized to your neighborhood. It seems logical that the app will be more effective if more of your neighbors use it.
Competition And Other Apps
This idea isn’t completely original, though having a big name like Ring — and Amazon — may help build a strong user base. Vivint introduced its Streety app earlier this year, and the Neighbors concept is very similar.
Nextdoor’s eponymous product is probably the biggest name on the block, but that neighborhood app isn’t specifically focused on security. Citizen is an app for everyone which focuses on crime alerts, but it’s still only focused on New York City for now.
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The question is, will any of these localized security apps take off, or will they all remain very niche? As more competitors enter the market, it may be tough for any app to stand out. A universal app may have the best chance to succeed, but that may limit what can be done with certain features such as video sharing, possibly limiting an app’s effectiveness.
You should probably have a Ring system to get the most out of Neighbors, and we’re wondering if non-Ring users will care to download the app. But it’s another interesting option in a growing space.