Arlo is at CES 2019 with a few interesting announcements. The security camera maker is expanding its portfolio with more integrations and a new security system.
The most interesting piece of news is the Arlo Security System (pictured above). Using as its central brain the new SmartHub, which was announced along with the Arlo Ultra 4K camera, the system features three new products:
- Arlo Multi-Sensor: It can monitor open/close states for doors and windows, motion, smoke and CO alarms (i.e. it will probably hear them when they get triggered), water leaks, and temperature changes. That's impressive. Users will be able to trigger actions in the Arlo app following a detected event, such as starting an Arlo camera's recording for example.
- Arlo Siren: It's rated for outdoor use, battery-operated, has a built-in red strobe light, and melodies you can use as notifications of specific events. Its most intriguing feature though is that it can simulate presence when you're away, playing sounds like dogs barking or TV audio, to deter thieves.
- Arlo Remote: It can be used to arm/disarm the system, even by guests who don't have access to the app, as well as control other smart home devices.
Arlo says the Security System will be available in the second half of 2019, but doesn't mention any prices or whether you'll be able to purchase these items separately or in bundles.
Arlo's second significant announcement is its Works With Arlo program. The company's new SmartHub will actually start working as a hub, adding Zigbee and Z-Wave support in the second half of 2019, and connecting wirelessly to approved smart home products from other companies. Mentioned partners for now include Bose and Sonos for smart speakers; Philips Hue, LIFX, Leviton, and Jasco for lights; and Schlage, Yale, and Danalock for smart locks.
Arlo says that its app will become the central place to control all these devices and program automations that integrate with your existing cameras. It also sounds like there will be an actual smart component there, with the system notifying you when it detects activity out of the ordinary coming from one of these devices. We need more features like these in the smart home.
Interested companies will have to complete the compatibility program to join in, after which they'll receive the Works With Arlo badge shown above. However, they'll be audited on an ongoing basis to make sure they continue to provide a good experience for Arlo users.
Finally, even though this isn't our regular beat, Arlo has also announced that its Pro 2 and Ultra 4K camera will be compatible with HomeKit later this quarter.
ARLO EXPANDS PORTFOLIO AT CES 2019 WITH INTRODUCTION OF COMPREHENSIVE SECURITY SOLUTION
Powered by the Arlo SmartHub and controlled through the Arlo App, the Arlo Security System features all-in-one multi-purpose sensor for window, door, motion, smoke alarm, carbon monoxide alarm, water leak detection and more
SAN JOSE, Calif. and LAS VEGAS, Nev. — January 7, 2019 — (NYSE: ARLO), the #1 network connected camera brand, announced today the Arlo Security System. Designed to complement Arlo camera monitoring capabilities, Arlo’s latest solution provides users with the ability to create a seamless home or small business DIY security system. The system includes the breakthrough Arlo Multi-Sensor as well as the Arlo Siren and Arlo Remote, all powered by the Arlo SmartHub and managed by the Arlo app, which instantly notifies users of important events or emergencies2. The Arlo Security System will be available in the second half of 2019.
The cutting-edge Arlo Multi-Sensor is a critical component of the Arlo Security System. Unlike traditional security and existing DIY solutions that require users to purchase single-purpose sensors for specific applications, Arlo’s advanced all-in-one Multi-Sensor provides users with a compact, versatile solution that can be placed nearly anywhere to help families and business owners protect what matters most. Easy to setup and control through the Arlo app, the Multi-Sensor detects windows and doors opening and closing, motion, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, water leaks, temperature changes and more for the ultimate piece of mind. The Multi-Sensor can also be programmed to cross-trigger other Arlo devices, for example signaling Arlo cameras to start recording.
“The Arlo Security System will provide consumers the ability to elevate and customize the security measures they deploy to protect their homes or small businesses,” said Pat Collins, senior vice president of Arlo products. “Our new multi-purpose sensor will be a game-changing component of the system. From identifying if a door or window is open, to detecting a leak under the sink, the Multi-Sensor communicates with other Arlo products and certified third-party smart home devices via the Arlo SmartHub, offering an intelligent security solution all managed by the Arlo app.”
The Arlo Siren further expands the Arlo Security System. Both outdoor-rated and battery-operated, the Siren can be placed anywhere in range of the SmartHub. A loud siren accompanied by a red strobe light deters intruders, alerting property owners and surrounding neighbors of an emergency situation. Users can also enable presence simulation to emit audio sounds, such as dog barking or TV audio, to make their house less attractive to intruders. A built-in melody can be activated to notify users of specific events, such as the Multi-Sensor detecting a door opening.
The Arlo Remote provides users with the convenience of arming and disarming their system, for themselves or for others they would like to grant access without using the Arlo app. The Remote also features two customizable buttons that can be programed to perform specific actions, such
ARLO ANNOUNCES NEW “WORKS WITH ARLO” PROGRAM AT CES 2019, ENABLING SEAMLESS SMART HOME INTEGRATION VIA ARLO SMARTHUB AND ARLO APP
Users will be able to wirelessly connect compatible third-party smart home devices through the Arlo app for simplified monitoring and control
SAN JOSE, Calif. and LAS VEGAS, Nev. — January 7, 2019 — (NYSE: ARLO), the #1 network connected camera brand1, announced today the introduction of its new “Works with Arlo” compatibility program, designed to enable a cohesive smart home experience. In the second half of 2019, “Works with Arlo” connected devices, such as smart locks, lights, speakers and more, will wirelessly connect through the recently announced Arlo SmartHub. Users will then be able to easily control and manage all their “Works with Arlo” connected devices, including Arlo security cameras, through the Arlo app. Initial “Works with Arlo” partners include Bose, Danalock, Jasco, Leviton, LIFX, Philips Hue, Schlage, Sonos and Yale, with additional partners to be announced at a later date.
“While there are an increasing number of internet-connected devices in the marketplace, security cameras are often viewed as the core of the smart home. Seeing a need to help consumers streamline the way they control their Arlo products and other smart home devices, we set out to create a solution designed to grow as our users expand their ecosystem,” said Pat Collins, senior vice president of Arlo products. “The ‘Works with Arlo’ program not only assures users that compatible products will integrate with their Arlo system, but also allows for simplified smart home management through one central interface – the Arlo app.”
When creating a smart home ecosystem comprised of “Works with Arlo” devices, automated events can be created within the Arlo app to execute various repetitive tasks. For example, connected devices can cross-trigger one another, enabling Arlo to secure a user’s home for the night by arming the outdoor cameras, locking doors and turning off lights. If any one of the connected devices detects unusual activity that deviates from the user’s settings or automated events, the Arlo app will immediately deploy an alert to the user’s smartphone, allowing them to take action.
The Arlo SmartHub will power the “Works with Arlo” program by serving as the nucleus of the smart home. Engineered with ArloRF™, a proprietary two-way radio frequency technology, the SmartHub provides Arlo devices with extended battery life and superior long-range wireless coverage, enabling hassle-free communication between the SmartHub and Arlo devices. In the second half of 2019, the SmartHub will also become Zigbee and Z-Wave capable2. This compatibility will allow Arlo users to control a wide-range of “Works with Arlo” third-party smart home devices via the Arlo app, giving them one central monitoring and controlling touchpoint for a simplified smart home experience.
When third-party devices complete the compatibility program, Arlo validates the product with a “Works with Arlo” badge to assure users that the device is compatible with the Arlo SmartHub and Arlo app. On an ongoing basis, products will be continually audited based on product star ratings, customer feedback, service latency and device cloud up-time.