Amazon made its mark in the home automation industry by introducing Echo—the portable speaker that can move around the home—and its personal assistant Alexa—the Siri-style home automation system that you can make simple requests to.
According to an image leaked by AFTVnews, the Amazon website has a script that features a new camera. There doesn’t seem to be any descriptions or product listings attached to the camera, but it’s design may hint at an actual product.
The sleek, white camera that sits on a stand has a blue ring in the center similar to what appears on the Amazon Echo product. This could be a clue that a new product is being birthed that is integrated with Echo and Alexa. Since Echo is compatible with many other security products, and other companies in the home security industry have created stand-alone systems, it makes sense that Amazon would venture into the home security space.
For those that may be wondering how credible this source is, AFTVnews is the site that also leaked images of the Roku4.
How Will it Compare to All-Encompassing Home Security?
Since this is an unofficial release of an Amazon security device and there isn’t any confirmation that it’s factual, we can only speculate on how it will work and compare to home security.
In the last few years, many products have popped up that try to mimic all-encompassing home security. Products like Arlo, Canary and Nest claim that they can protect an entire home with a standalone camera and live-streaming app. The problem with these devices is that they lack all of the tools you need to protect your home.
Needed tools include:
- Window and door sensors
- Smoke, carbon, fire, and other disaster alert sensors
- Connection to central monitoring station that will alert authorities
- The option for a package with multiple cameras, sensors, and all needed tools
The most important of these factors is that these types of devices are not monitored. This means you have products that do act as cameras, and they do have live-streaming apps that you can view, but if a burglary actually happens, they don’t alert the police.
These products simply alert you, the homeowner, by sending a push notification. During a break-in, minutes and seconds matter. These push notifications and lack of emergency response create an incredibly bleak outlook when it comes to response time. Our complete guide to monitored vs. unmonitored home security can give you a better understanding of how the two styles of systems compare.
Though tools like Alexa and other home automated devices may be fun in the house and the company Amazon adding a camera to their catalog may be exciting news, we suggest sticking with monitored home security. Keep any additional tools as entertainments and supplements to your home automation kit, but keep home security to the pros.