Novi is a crowd-funded home security device that caters more toward apartment dwellers and smaller living spaces. Novi is still being funded and has already reached its initial goal of $80,000. The goal has recently been stretched to $150,000 on Kickstarter. If the startup plans add additional features once this stretch goal is met, Novi might turn into a better entry-level home security option. While the concept of the Novi system could be promising, there are currently much better and more reliable security options on the market.


Deal Breakers

Still, the Novi has some drawbacks that border on deal breakers. The base station doesn’t have a backup battery and the monitor doesn’t have cellular backup, so you’re totally out of luck if your home temporarily loses power or Internet access.

Novi lacks many aspects of a traditional security system. The features it currently promises to have only reach the tip of the iceberg in home security, and leave many areas of the home vulnerable to burglary. Novi is missing:

  • Carbon monoxide monitors
  • Glass break sensors
  • Exterior surveillance
  • Battery back-up
  • Door/window sensors
  • Night vision
  • Key chains
  • Flood detection
  • Monitored smoke detectors
  • Z-Wave technology and automation
  • Professional monitoring
  • Video surveillance beyond snapshots

Risky Business

It is important to remember, Novi is an unmonitored device. Unmonitored systems, however, are considered a major vulnerability. Having a professionally monitored system provides a much higher level of security. Only monitored systems come with 24-hour surveillance by a professional security team. With unmonitored systems, you’re largely on your own as far as responding to an intrusion. Consider using a monitored home security system from Protect America.

Pricing on Pre-orders

With a minimum pledge of $199 (about £116 or AU$362.70), you can pre-order a Novi unit. Units are expected to ship in January 2015. In the mean time, who will be protecting your home?

Should You Trust a Crowd-Funded Security System?

Backing a crowd-funded project can always be a risk, and there‘s no guarantee. Do you really want to gamble with the security of your home and family? The Novi project is just a prototype and won’t release until 2015. This product hasn’t had the chance to be reviewed by homeowners since it hasn’t even been made. Should you really trust a novice in home security? 

There are better options, like Protect America. Protect America provides free equipment for your whole house upon purchase of monthly monitoring. Monitoring starts at $19.99 a month and all Protect America‘s products come with a lifetime warranty.


Hypothetical Intrusion

Monitored systems save precious time dispatching help at the exact moment of intrusion. For example, when your home gets broken into while you’re on vacation, you will receive a notification text via your smart phone. You’re swimming or exploring a new city as a couple hours pass. Then you take a look at your cell phone. By this time, your house has been burgled, your pets have been put at risk, and an intruder has just deemed your unmonitored security system completely useless.

Consider the alternatives. Protect America has a long 20 year history, a large customer base, and a wealth of experience. Whatever your needs, we can help you.