Campbell, Calif. --French company Myfox rolled outs its first DIY security system for the U.S. market through
www.getmyfox.com and through select U.S. retailers.
The retailers include Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, HomeDepot.com, SmartHome.com and Fry’s Electronics.
The company, which launched its first connected security system in 2009, said its Myfox Smart Home Security System differs from other DIY systems because it detects and deters intruders before they enter the house.
Other DIY systems use indoor motion sensors to detect intruders, but 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 explained. 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 system can be monitored and controlled via Android and iOS smartphones.
For $279, consumers get 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.
The system is Works with Nest certified.
An optional $199 Wi-Fi security camera with night vision can be integrated into the system or 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.
One siren/hub supports up to 50 tags and four Wi-Fi security cameras.