Netgear’s ‘Arlo’ smart-home ecosystem has become the benchmark for home security. Their products range from traditional smart cameras to camouflaged external systems and baby monitoring devices disguised as toys. Now, a doorbell will form part of the front-end of Arlo’s system.
At first glance, this appears inconsequential; after all, a smart doorbell isn’t entirely new, competitors have used them as part of their systems for a while now. But it’s how the doorbell changes the nature of communication within the home that makes it important.
Arlo has recognised that there is more to a doorbell than a simple notification that someone is seeking entry to the house. It’s also a test to see if anyone’s home, and the first physical point of contact from visitors and potential criminals. The new doorbell will connect directly to existing Arlo cameras and other devices, including assigned mobile phones. When the button is pressed, a traditional ring will go off but also, mobile devices will be notified with a door chime, no matter where they are. This means that homeowners can answer the door even when they aren’t home, have a conversation and watch the reaction from visitors as they do so.
A full Arlo home security system would include the doorbell and mobile connection, cameras in the garden, exterior and interior of the home and motion sensors throughout the property.
While Arlo is arguably leading the way concerning home security infrastructure, it’s not by much. Competitors have many similar products and are improving all the time, meaning that the number of options for a completely secure home is increasing all the time. Best of all, most of these systems are “set and forget,” meaning that after setup is complete, there is nothing else to do. With storage averaging at around 3TB, a full 3 to 4 months worth of information is stored before recording starts again – a period which is more than enough for most people.
It has been said that while technology is improving, thieves are getting smarter, but with so many limitations on physical robberies, it’s likely that the battle between criminal and home security is being won by the good guys.