I’ve always had an interest in smart technology for the home, ever since I researched and wrote an article about the Smart Grid. But recently I have been intrigued by home security systems. I have always thought of a home security system as being reserved for the extremely wealthy. You know, the kind of people who live in manor houses with lengthy driveways that culminate in massive electronic wrought iron gates. Or perhaps the uber-rich techy city dwellers.
And that may have been the case previously, where a good quality, effective home security system was out of reach of most of the population. Not only were they expensive, but they often required a technician to come into your home to set it up.
However, technology has come on leaps and bounds in the past few years and thanks to the Internet and wireless connectivity, a home security system is now much easier to install and use and is far less costly. The emergence of smart homes has led to the rise of the integrated home security system, which can be connected to smartphones and enables the monitoring of our homes from remote locations.
Canary is a new generation of all-in-one home security system that you can control from your phone. It is a small elegant looking device that actually you would never guess is a security system. Personally, I think it could easily be mistaken for a router or even a Bluetooth speaker. So anyone intruding into your home wouldn’t have a clue they were under surveillance. It is designed for homes of all sizes and you can simply integrate more devices should you wish to monitor more rooms.
Thanks to its sleek design, the Canary suits any style of home and can be situated anywhere that is close to a plug socket. It is extremely easy to set up thanks to the simple app which can be downloaded and works with any iOS or Android compatible smartphone, not to mention the Apple Watch. Once downloaded and installed, the app will walk you through the instructions and tell you how to set up your account and connect to your home’s Wi-Fi system.
Once set up, you can use the Canary app to watch your home live from anywhere at any time. The device connects your home to your phone in HD video, 24/7. You can rest assured that anything unusual or wanted that is happening while you are away will be caught on camera and reported back to you immediately. Whether that be an intruder trying to break in, an uninvited guest wandering around your home or simply the family pet causing havoc while you’re at work. When motion is detected, Canary records it in HD video and sends it to your phone, with a mobile alert.
The Canary also benefits from its own alarm system so in an emergency you can sound a 90-decibel siren or connect with local police right from the Canary app. This is particularly handy if you want to startle an intruder and hopefully scare them off.
Canary has four modes and is able to automatically change mode when you enter and leave your home. There are no complicated keypad codes to remember.
Away: when all members are away, Canary monitors for activity and sends notifications
Home: when a member is home, record events, customise notifications or set to private
Night: schedule a Canary to monitor for activity and send you notifications while you sleep
Privacy: when set to private, Canary’s camera and microphone are fully disabled
It is particularly useful for watching your pets, for example, you will be able to check if the dog walker turned up to walk your pet. But you can also use it to record your family while at home to make sure you don’t miss any important milestones. Obviously, you don’t always have a camera to hand so you may not be recording when your baby takes his or her first steps.
But with Canary, there is no need to constantly be worrying about filming these precious moments. You can watch recorded events, and save and bookmark the ones worth keeping.
It also comes in handy for older children who can stay home alone. You can check what they get up to when they come home from school whilst you are still at work. Canary allows you to access the timeline for a living history of your home.
As an added bonus, Canary’s HomeHealth Technology™ monitors air quality, temperature, and humidity. Basically, it all adds up to a smarter and safer home environment. With your home under the watchful eye of Canary, the only thing you need to worry about is your dog discovering that you have them under constant surveillance! They may not be best pleased to have their every move observed and recorded. Darwin certainly doesn’t look too happy about it, does he?
Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Canary who kindly supplied the product for the purpose of this post. However, I want to stress that I only collaborate with brands and companies that I genuinely like and believe that my readers will like too.