With a doorbell camera, glass break sensor, and plug-in automation module joining the lineup, this fee-free DIY security system is set to get even smarter in 2014.

by January 6, 2014 5:00 AM PST
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If you’re interested in home security, but averse to paying monthly fees, then the Indiegogo-born iSmartAlarm is a system that already belongs at the top of your list. That’s even more true today, as the company announced a system expansion that includes three intriguing new components: a glass break sensor, a plug-in automation module, and the “Doorfront,” a multifunctional doorbell camera with an integrated motion detector and intercom.

With its unique design, the sleek-looking Doorfront is the probably the biggest eyebrow-raiser of the bunch. Weather-resistant and flexible enough to be hard-wired into an existing doorbell or operated off of a battery, it has the look of a device with design strengths that extend beyond its appearance. iSmartAlarm claims that it’s “theft-proof,” too, and that’s something that we’ll look forward to putting to the test.

It will also be interesting to see how well the Doorfront’s camera performs, as iSmartAlarm’s glitchy iCamera was a notable under-performer when I tested the system out last year. If the Doorfront integrates into the system more smoothly, it could stand to be an attractive and helpful showcase component of iSmartAlarm’s setup, allowing users to monitor activity at their door, keep an eye out for package deliveries, automatically snap photos when motion is detected, and communicate with visitors even while away from home.

The iSmartAlarm Smart Switch will allow users to automate anything with a plug on it.

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iSmartAlarm’s new “Smart Switch” is another interesting upgrade, giving users the ability to plug any appliance they like directly into their system, then monitor its status and energy usage, turn it on and off remotely, or schedule it to come on at a specific time. I’ll be eager to see how it compares with the Belkin WeMo Insight Switch, and whether it blocks adjacent outlets when plugged in, or keeps them accessible, as the promotional photo would suggest.

The final addition to the iSmartAlarm family is a glass break sensor, a commonly requested component from consumers interested in DIY security. By monitoring sound levels, the sensor is able to detect the unique tone of breaking glass, then trigger the alarm and alert the user. This offers obvious protection against smash-and-grab robbery attempts, and could also help users monitor for non-burglary related concerns, like a fall in the kitchen.

iSmartAlarm users will now be able to add glass break sensors to their setups.

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All new components will integrate into existing iSmartAlarm setups via the CubeOne control hub, with no additional control devices necessary. There’s no official word yet regarding pricing of the new components, when they’ll be available, or if iSmartAlarm will incorporate any of them into new starter packages. When we know more, so will you.

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