Canary: Smart Home Security
Security systems for the home there are a huge number, there are advanced systems, there are very advanced, and there are simple and very simple.
The Canary system stands out from its own kind, primarily by the fact that it can really be called “smart” - it reacts not only to various events, such as opening / closing doors, but also to unusual signals, for example, unusual opening times of doors in an apartment.
Design and configuration
The system looks very simple, but inside there are a lot of all sorts of elements, subsystems and nodes:
- HD camera (720p) with night vision mode and 170 degree wide-angle lens;
- Wi-Fi module;
- High quality microphone and speaker;
- RGB LEDs
- 3-axis accelerometer;
- Motion sensor (passive infrared);
- Temperature sensor;
- Humidity sensor;
- Air quality sensor.
According to the developers, one Canary block should be enough for reliable monitoring of the apartment. But you can install several blocks, if the apartment is large, or you live in a house.
Functionality and features
This device is mounted either on a wall / ceiling, or mounted on any horizontal surface. Of course, it’s better to place the device somewhere in the center, and not on the loggia / basement :)
Device setup is simple. You need to turn on the device, connect it to your home Wi-Fi network, and register with the Canary Cloud service by downloading the corresponding application on your smartphone.
Of course, for the normal operation of the device requires a Wi-Fi network, and a smartphone with iOS or Android.
Since the device is equipped with a motion sensor, it can respond to the appearance of a moving object in the "field of view" by sending a corresponding notification. At the same time, Canary “learns” and is able to distinguish between the movement of an object the size of a cat and the movement of an object the size of an adult.
And even the device’s owner can distinguish it by various parameters, so if you go to drink some water at night, you won’t get a signal on your smartphone or a siren.
Over time, Canary remembers when you get home, how you usually behave at home, what your habits are (well, for example, at 17:00 you go to smoke on the balcony) and other details. All this can significantly reduce the number of false alarms of the system.
Canary can detect movement, changes in temperature and humidity, opening and closing doors and other things.
By installing the appropriate application on your smartphone, you can connect to Canary remotely. For example, after receiving a notification about the increased temperature on your smartphone, you can connect to the device’s camera to see what is happening. Of course, if the house has a fire and the Wi-Fi router has already burned out, it will not work, but Canary warns of such things long before the event went into a fatal phase.
If the connection is lost with the device, a notification will be sent to the smartphone.
Canary Cloud Service
The developers created the Canary Cloud service, which is the “brain” of the device, it is there that the data received by the device is processed. The device has internal memory, but it is small, and it is designed to buffer data when transferring data to the Canary Cloud.
According to the developers, when connecting to the Canary / service, it is SSL (HTTPS). Video and audio, when uploaded to the service, are encrypted with an AES-256 key.
Third-party repositories / FTP are not supported.
Price / Order
Now all copies of Canary are sold out (at a price of 199 US dollars, for a bundle of device / service), you can leave a request for notification when new devices arrive, either from the manufacturer or on the Medgadgets website . New deliveries are planned by November of this year.