San Francisco — A wireless do-it-yourself home-security system that Myfox will bring to the U.S. late in the second quarter or early third quarter will detect and deter intruders before they enter the house, the French company said.
Unlike other DIY security systems that use indoor motion sensors to detect intruders, the Myfox system uses wireless sensors, or IntelliTags, attached to doors and windows to analyze door and window vibrations that indicate a break-in, the company said. The sensors, which run on a single AA battery, differentiate normal events such as door knocking from doors and windows being pried open. When a break-in is attempted, the sensor sends a wireless 915MHz RF signal to a hub, which triggers a battery-operated siren via RF and uses Wi-Fi to send alerts via broadband modem to cellphones. Multiple family members or friends can receive notifications and get monitoring rights.
The company, founded in 2005, also offers an optional Wi-Fi security camera, which can be used as a standalone surveillance device.
The $299 Myfox Home Alarm system, which can be monitored and controlled via Android and iOS smartphones, will be Apple HomeKit-enabled, but not initially, and will be certified as Works With Nest.
The $299 system consists of one 110dB battery-operated siren with flashing lights, the Wi-Fi/915MHz hub, one IntelliTag sensor, and one Bluetooth key fob, which enables a tag to automatically detect an authorized user to prevent the siren from sounding when the user opens an outside door. Additional tags are $49, and additional key fobs are $29.
One siren/hub supports up to 50 tags and four Wi-Fi security cameras.
The optional $199 Wi-Fi security camera with night vision can be used without the security system for surveillance-only use. It features motion and sound detection. If unusual activity is detected, an alert is sent, and video recording begins. Recordings are stored on Myfox’s Cloud servers for remote playback anytime through a cellphone. Users can also view live video and listen in via the camera’s microphone. Two-way audio is also supported.
The camera also features a remote-control mechanical shutter to protect privacy. The shutter covers the camera lens when not in use to prevent unwanted image viewing or recording. The shutter can be controlled remotely via the app or set to automatically open when the user leaves the house.
The camera features 720p recording, 130-degee viewing angle and 2x zoom without loss of resolution.
In case of a Wi-Fi outage, the system uses long-range 915MHz RF to search for a nearby MyFox system to send alerts through the nearby system. The system itself features three-hour battery backup.