People Power adds sensors to its smartphone-based home-monitoring system

The Presence app currently lets you monitor your home using any camera-equipped Android or iOS device.

It's been more than three years since People Power first began offering Presence, a freemium app that can transform any smartphone or tablet into a Wi-Fi security camera, complete with two-way streaming and some rudimentary motion-detection capabilities. It now wants to take things a step further.

Today the company launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise $20,000 for Presence Security: a suite of ZigBee-speaking sensors designed to augment existing Presence home-security setups. There are three bundles in all catering to different needs and budgets: the Presence Security Entry Pack, the Security Pack, and the Premium Pack.

The $199 Entry Pack contains two entry detectors (i.e., two door/window sensors) and a motion sensor. The mid-tier bundle, $299, includes three door/window sensors, one motion sensor, and one sensor each for water, temperature, humidity, and touch. The $499 Premium Pack includes six door/window sensors, three motion sensors, three touch sensors, and two water sensors. You still get just one temperature sensor and one humidity sensor. The Presence Gateway, which speaks Wi-Fi and ZigBee, is common to all three bundles. People Power is selling limited numbers of each package at "early-bird" discount prices.

Why this matters: Presence already offers a great way to breathe fresh life into spare smartphones and tablets, but there is only so much home monitoring you can do with a repurposed device. For something more comprehensive, it's best to bite the bullet and splurge on the kind of solution that's on offer here. In Presence Security, however, we have an integrated solution that claims to combine the best of both worlds. And what's more, the company tells us giving users the ability to add third-party cameras to their Presence setup (à la Camio) is also on the roadmap.

How it works

The Presence Security user experience will revolve around the existing Presence app (or an updated version thereof) to provide an integrated solution using both your converted smartphone/tablet security cameras and the sensors mentioned above.

The app lets you greatly automate your DIY security system's behavior through the creation of Rules. These are simple conditional statements similar to IFTTT (If This Then That) Recipes. "If my front door opens and I'm in away' mode, then make my security camera sound the siren" is just one example. An upcoming feature we're excited about is the ability to share alerts and notifications with neighbors while you're away.

While a subscription isn't necessary, free users are limited to a measly 50MB of cloud storage and are allowed to record just one 60-second video every five minutes. Step up to the $5-per-month subscription and you're allocated 5GB of cloud storage, back-to-back recordings, longer videos, better overall quality, priority feedback and support, and more.

Repurposing hardware you otherwise no longer have a use for is a great way to save money, but there's only so much you can do with a smartphone or a tablet that were designed for other uses. Adding purpose-built sensors should go a long way to making up for that deficiency.

Join the CSO newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags home securityconsumer electronicssecurityGatewaysensorsCamerasdigital cameras

More about GatewayPremium

Show Comments

Featured Whitepapers

Editor's Recommendations

Solution Centres

Stories by Pulkit Chandna

Latest Videos

  • 150x50

    CSO Webinar: The Human Factor - Your people are your biggest security weakness

    ​Speakers: David Lacey, Researcher and former CISO Royal Mail David Turner - Global Risk Management Expert Mark Guntrip - Group Manager, Email Protection, Proofpoint

    Play Video

  • 150x50

    CSO Webinar: Current ransomware defences are failing – but machine learning can drive a more proactive solution

    Speakers • Ty Miller, Director, Threat Intelligence • Mark Gregory, Leader, Network Engineering Research Group, RMIT • Jeff Lanza, Retired FBI Agent (USA) • Andy Solterbeck, VP Asia Pacific, Cylance • David Braue, CSO MC/Moderator What to expect: ​Hear from industry experts on the local and global ransomware threat landscape. Explore a new approach to dealing with ransomware using machine-learning techniques and by thinking about the problem in a fundamentally different way. Apply techniques for gathering insight into ransomware behaviour and find out what elements must go into a truly effective ransomware defence. Get a first-hand look at how ransomware actually works in practice, and how machine-learning techniques can pick up on its activities long before your employees do.

    Play Video

  • 150x50

    CSO Webinar: Get real about metadata to avoid a false sense of security

    Speakers: • Anthony Caruana – CSO MC and moderator • Ian Farquhar, Worldwide Virtual Security Team Lead, Gigamon • John Lindsay, Former CTO, iiNet • Skeeve Stevens, Futurist, Future Sumo • David Vaile - Vice chair of APF, Co-Convenor of the Cyberspace Law And Policy Community, UNSW Law Faculty This webinar covers: - A 101 on metadata - what it is and how to use it - Insight into a typical attack, what happens and what we would find when looking into the metadata - How to collect metadata, use this to detect attacks and get greater insight into how you can use this to protect your organisation - Learn how much raw data and metadata to retain and how long for - Get a reality check on how you're using your metadata and if this is enough to secure your organisation

    Play Video

  • 150x50

    CSO Webinar: How banking trojans work and how you can stop them

    CSO Webinar: How banking trojans work and how you can stop them Featuring: • John Baird, Director of Global Technology Production, Deutsche Bank • Samantha Macleod, GM Cyber Security, ME Bank • Sherrod DeGrippo, Director of Emerging Threats, Proofpoint (USA)

    Play Video

  • 150x50

    IDG Live Webinar:The right collaboration strategy will help your business take flight

    Speakers - Mike Harris, Engineering Services Manager, Jetstar - Christopher Johnson, IT Director APAC, 20th Century Fox - Brent Maxwell, Director of Information Systems, THE ICONIC - IDG MC/Moderator Anthony Caruana

    Play Video

More videos

Blog Posts

Market Place