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3 Reasons Most Home Security Systems Fail

Home security systems have undergone a lot of transformations since their initial debut decades ago. When they were first introduced to households in the post-World War 1 era, home security systems just consisted of electromagnetic contacts secured to doors and windows that were connected to a battery and bell.

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Although home security systems have grown and evolved to include the ability to offer monitoring among other things, we still see many companies rushing to the field without fully optimizing their security systems for the needs of consumers.

There are a few very common reasons that most home security systems fail, which are listed below:

False Alarms

False alarms cost the traditional home security industry millions of dollars each year.

Piper’s passive infrared (PIR) motion sensor was designed to reduce this prevalent problem. This sensor picks up subtle changes in its field of view, and is based on temperature.

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With Piper, we developed a feature called “Pet at home”, which tries harder to eliminate false positives from the PIR sensor. With “Pet at home”, Piper users have the ability to only allow motion that fits a particular pattern above a certain heat threshold to trigger the sensor.

Lack of Battery Back-Up

Power outages are unpredictable and affect most of us at one point or another in our lives. Piper was built to be reliable 24/7, even in the event of power outages. That’s why each unit comes equipped with batteries and will continue to operate as a security system even if it has lost contact with your home Internet connection due to power loss.

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So, what happens when the power goes out? Piper automatically sends you an alert to tell you that your Piper has lost its connection. Recorded videos created during the outage will be available as soon as power and internet connection is restored, and-get this-Piper will operate on battery power for approximately 4-6 hours to make sure you remain protected!

Forgetting to Arm

Often times people forget to arm their home security systems, which leaves their homes vulnerable to break-ins. Not arming your security system is the same as not having one in the first place, so it’s important that security companies make it as easy as possible for their users to be able to consistently leave their homes armed.

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We recently released a new feature powered by Life360 called Smart Arming, that notifies users the moment everyone has left their home and prompts them to arm their Piper security system. Thanks to smart arming, you don’t have to open any apps to arm your home; simply swipe and you’re covered.