SimpliSafe redesigns its home security system, announces video doorbell, smart lock and camera

TechCrunch | 1/10/2018 | Frederic Lardinois
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SimpliSafe was one of the first modern startups in the home security space. Over the course of the last few years, though, as others entered the market, too, SimpliSafe’s rather pedestrian design started to look stale. Now, at CES, the company is introducing a full redesign of its system, both in terms of design and technology. In addition, it’s also launching a video doorbell, a smart lock and an outdoor camera.

The new system’s sensors are half the size of the old ones (but with double the range). Indeed, the idea here is that the new design, which the company worked on with IDEO, is meant to be invisible. The new base station, which includes both a Wi-Fi and cellular connection with a 24-hour battery backup, now features a new firmware and increased processing speed — and even if an intruder smashes the base station, siren and keypad, the new system should now still be able to get an alert out to the authorities.

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