Security Startup Raises $7.4M to Bring AI Tech to Security Systems

Security Startup Raises $7.4M to Bring AI Tech to Security Syste

Home security is often a cat-and-mouse game. Burglars find a way to break in and steal things, then homeowners and security companies find ways to stop them. But there’s often a lag, where thieves wreak havoc across the country before security companies can catch up.

But new startup Deep Sentinel is bringing artificial intelligence to the game to reduce that lag. The company just raised $7.4 million to add smarts to home security systems.

For example, one of the most popular kinds of thefts today doesn’t even require criminal to go inside your home — they just steal packages from your doorstep. Deep Sentinel’s AI is able to spot those thieves and alert the proper authorities, but stay silent when the mailman or delivery person is on your stoop.

However, this kind of tech usually comes at a huge computing cost, which often means big bills for end consumers. But Deep Sentinel is also working to localize the AI, meaning that much of the computing is done right on the camera. That keeps costs low, so those monthly subscription fees don’t end up costing you more than a break-in would.

“Current home security is ineffective, failing millions of homeowners and wasting the valuable resources of our law enforcement agencies across the U.S.,” said David Selinger, co-founder and CEO of Deep Sentinel in a press release. “Deep Sentinel uses sophisticated AI, including computer vision and deep learning algorithms, to predict and disrupt crimes before they occur. By removing threats before they escalate, Deep Sentinel will reduce crime and bring peace of mind to millions of American homes.”

Deep Sentinel is still in development, but the company hopes to launch a line of its own cameras next year. The company’s devices would talk to each other and work together to further bring down the computing load. One day, other sensors could come into play to better spot crimes before they happen.

“Home security is a multi-billion market that is radically underserved by often antiquated legacy providers and solutions,” said Jason Pressman, managing director at Shasta Ventures, lead investor in the funding round. “Artificial intelligence is changing what is possible in home protection, and Deep Sentinel is right at the forefront of driving this change.”

Deep Sentinel isn’t the only player using AI in home security though. Cameras from companies like Nest, Hikvision and Camio all use software to help tell the difference between an intruder and the family cat. But Deep Sentinel’s local AI may set it apart from competitors down the line.

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