We had previously reported that there was a good chance Nest would be announcing a new security system product soon; and today they made that system – called the Nest Secure – official. Except that wasn’t all, as they also announced a new outdoor camera – the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor – and a video doorbell called Nest Hello.
The Nest Secure system starts with a product called the Nest Guard; a small, circular device that has a keypad on top of it. You can disarm the system in three ways: by arming and disarming with the Nest app, tapping the Nest Tag – another part of the system – on the Nest Guard to tag in and out. Finally, the keypad is on top of the Nest Guard so you can also enter a passcode. If anyone enters the house and doesn’t disarm the system, the alarm triggers and a large loud siren is activated; and the Nest app shows all of these actions happening in real time.
While the Nest Guard is the centerpiece of the security system, the Nest Detect is all you need for the rest of your home. The Nest Detect is both a motion sensor and an open-and-close sensor. This means if you stick it to a window (it’s battery-powered), it will know when the window is opened; while if you attach it to a wall and it can sense motion in the room. And if you put it on a door? It’ll do both. This means they will likely function much like Samsung SmartThings’ multipurpose sensors; however the system itself will use Nest’s Weave technology to communicate, and does not have Z-Wave compatibility – technology that most security systems have used for over two decades.
To compete with major security system companies like ADT, Simplisafe and more, Nest will be selling a professional home monitoring and alarm response service through third-party provider Moni. That will effectively loop Nest Secure in with local law enforcement in the event you want any trigger of the alarm system to be taken very seriously. Unfortunately, Nest doesn’t have pricing for that service available just yet, but considering standard ADT service starts at $30 a month (usually with a three year contract) it will need to keep the service pricing in line to be competitive. The company will also selling cellular backup service through T-Mobile for $5 a month or $50 a year, in the event your power goes out or your Wi-Fi is down and you want Secure to stay online.
Nest is selling the Secure system in a starter pack, which includes the Guard, two Detects, and two Tags, for $499 this November starting in the US; Canada and Europe are coming in early 2018. It will also sell standalone Nest Detect units for $5, and additional Nest Tags for $25 apiece. However they will not be selling the Guard on it’s own, which essentially guarantees that you must purchase the starter pack to join the Nest Secure family.
The Secure system will work in conjunction with the company’s other new product, the new Nest Cam IQ Outdoor. The outdoor camera will be able to tell a person from an object, and will then send an alert if someone’s there. It has a brand new design from the old outdoor cam that brings it in line with the current indoor IQ camera.
Finally, Nest is also introducing a new video doorbell that might make competitors Ring, Skybell and others a bit nervous. The device records video in 4:3 aspect ratio with HDR and a 160-degree field of view. It also has a microphone button, a speaker, a light ring, and a status LED. According to Nest, the camera in the doorbell can let you see the person at your door from head to toe, with an aspect ratio that will accommodate both wide and tall views. And like other video doorbells, it will come with microphone and speaker so you can interact with whoever’s at your door, even if you aren’t home.
You can pre-order the Nest Secure starting today through Nest.com. The Nest Cam IQ Outdoor is also available for pre-order today for $349. Nest has not announced pricing for the Hello doorbell, but the company says it should be available in early 2018.
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