Roku Introduces Affordable Smart Home Monitoring System
Roku said Wednesday that it has expanded its Smart Home device lineup with affordable home monitoring devices, that join its suite of security cameras, video doorbells, lighting, plugs other automated products that are controllable through its smart TV OS platform.
The new Roku Home Monitoring System SE includes two entry sensors, a motion sensor, a wire-free keypad and a hub with a built-in siren. Purchasers will have the option to either monitor their homes personally, or subscribe to a professional 24/7 monitoring service.
The newest iteration of Roku smart home products is available online starting today through Roku.com and will be available on Walmart.com and exclusively in Walmart stores starting May 15th, Roku said. The five-piece Roku Home Monitoring System SE carries a $99 retail price.
“Roku’s new home monitoring system provides peace of mind, while being easier than ever to set up, control and monitor,” stated Mark Robins, Roku Smart Home VP. “We are proud to further extend Roku’s Smart Home lineup with affordable, simple ways to secure the safety of any home.”
The Roku Home Monitoring System SE are said to be easy to set up and integrate, using guided videos and clear illustrations with no tools required.
The products are said to be easy to operate through basic Home, Away, and Off modes, plus inclusion of customizable monitoring rules through the system keypad or the Roku Smart Home mobile app.
Roku said Home Monitoring devices users will have the ability to control their operation from where ever they are.
Settings can be configured to notify the user when sensors detect an open or closed door, or when an alarm is triggered. Useres will be able to remotely arm or disarm the system via a mobile device app or from home using a system keypad.
Products were developed in partnership with Wyze labs, and include the following:
• Two entry sensors that send alerts to a mobile device when a door or window is open, closed, or left open.
• A motion sensor: that detects, alerts and can automatically turn on a light, when motion is detected. The system can be trained to ignore a dog or cat with a simple setting adjustment.
• A hub with built-in siren notifies the house – and the neighborhood – when an emergency is detected.
• A keypad can be used to easily arm or disarm the home, change modes, or manually sound an alarm.
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Roku said the system is easily expandable with additional entry sensors, motion sensors, and keypads.
“Users have the option to self-monitor their homes for free or to subscribe to affordable 24/7 professional monitoring, powered by Noonlight, a leader in smart professional monitoring,” the company said. “Roku Smart Home Professional Monitoring offers immediate response from live U.S.-based agents when an alarm is triggered, and subscribers can request emergency assistance with one tap in the Roku Smart Home mobile app or on the keypad. Professional Monitoring is available for $9.99 a month or $99.99 a year, and subscribers who choose annual billing receive 50% off their first year.”
Additionally the company is introducing other Roku Smart Home products including an advanced Roku Smart Light Strip+ SE that allows users to show up to 16 different colors at once and a Roku Solar Panel that powers the wire-free Roku Outdoor Camera SE.
Roku Smart Home products can be integrated into the Roku OS via a Roku player or Roku TV. Users will be able to access the following new features as the latest Roku TV OS (v. 12) rolls out to its applicable devices automatically in the coming weeks:
• Monitor the home from the TV via an on-screen notification and alarm countdown when the Roku Home Monitoring System SE is armed, and a sensor is triggered.
• Access the Roku Smart Home camera or doorbell event history on the TV via the Roku Cameras app, which downloads automatically to the Roku player or Roku TV, to view live camera footage by simply clicking into “Events” to see previous recordings filtered by preference.
• Control Roku Smart Home devices using voice commands into a Roku remote or mobile app to control Roku lights or smart plugs, show live camera feeds on the Roku-powered TV screen, and other functions. Roku Voice integration can also be used with Roku Smart Lights to change brightness levels and color.
Roku said the devices are all certified by the ioXt Alliance, the global IoT security standard body. The previously mentioned Roku Solar Panel will be available this June.
Additional information is available here.
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By Greg Tarr
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