Piper is a device that lets you manage and connect with your home. The Piper device contains a siren, motion detectors, sound detectors, and video surveillance. The events it can capture are relayed to you via your smart phone or tablet. It is minimal and cheap, offering limited security qualities.
Unmonitored Systems Are Risky
Piper is an unmonitored system. 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.
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 in the ocean or exploring new city and a couple hours pass before 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.
Home automation versus home security
Piper emphasizes the ability to automate your home using Z-Wave technology. Piper might be a great way to dim your lights or monitor your pets remotely, but it lacks key features offered by traditional home security companies. Piper is missing:
- Carbon monoxide monitors
- Glass break sensors
- Exterior surveillance
- Night vision
- Key chains
- Flood detection
- Smoke detectors
- Z-Wave technology beyond lighting
- Professional monitoring
- Warranty beyond 1 year
What’s the point of home automation without security? Monitoring windows with glass break sensors and additional equipment can give you the advantage of knowing and acting before someone steps foot in your home. Wouldn’t you prefer your security system preventing a burglary rather than interrupting one? Consider a professionally monitored security system with just as many home automation options such as Protect America.
Piper offers Z-Wave technology integration, however the options are extremely limited for being a security device. Currently you can only add an extra siren and Z-Wave lighting control on the Piper platform. The company has talked about adding additional features in the future. As of now, Piper is simply a fancy webcam in the world of home automation. We do not recommend securing your entire home with a device the size of a water bottle. While it’s true you can add window/door sensors to Piper’s hub, by the time you are notified of a break-in the burglar will be long gone. At Protect America, you can integrate Z-Wave doors-locks, lighting control and a number of other home automation options in addition to a professionally monitored system for an affordable price.
Should you trust a Crowd-funded Security System?
Is Piper a trustworthy brand? If you don’t already know the answer to that question, you should probably look elsewhere for a security system. Piper was made possible through a crowd-funding website called Indiegogo. It was released on the market recently, meaning there has been very little feedback from consumer about what works and what doesn’t.
The Bottom Line
For $240 you can get the Piper base package. The makers of Piper suggest buying multiple devices to protect your entire home. Each of the Piper compatible devices such as lighting controls will rack up the cost of the entire system immensely. For much less, you can professionally monitor your entire home with Protect America. Protect America’s base package starts at $19.99 a month, comes with free equipment, and a lifetime warranty. Protect America has a long 20 year history, a large customer base, and a wealth of experience.
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