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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.


  1. I think your next effort should be to link to Siri on Iphones to arm and disarm easily, or develope a keypad option. There is nothing worse than having to disarm a Piper over a cellular network.

  2. I have a piper as security at my cottage, the piper is connected to a MiFi network operating from a cellular signal, most recently my Samsung S5 phone lost contact with the piper and can’t reconnect from home now I have to drive 130kl to get reconnect with the piper, or unless your technicians knows a way to avoid me driving back to the cottage
    Hope you can be of some help because I’m having my doubts about that system efficiency!

  3. Robert,

    You do need to have a reliable Wi-Fi and Internet connection. Have you checked with your MiFi provider to see if that device is still online, and/or if they can reboot it remotely?


  4. I’ve been trying to add a piper to a second house. My attempts to understand the process from tech support both voice and chat has been unsuccessful and I get the feeling I’m missing something. The first one seemed easy enough, why is second house so difficult ? Piper application thinks I am trying to add to first house’s network.

  5. I had the same problem with mine…had to call the tech and he walked me through it. In order to add a 2nd location Piper (I have one in my home and one in my condo – in 2 different states), you need to have a 2nd email address (effectively, a 2nd Piper Account). Once you do this, you will need to sign out of one account to view, activate, monitor your 2nd account. For now, it’s a bit tedious, but hopefully, the Piper folks will come up with something that will allow you to see, monitor, etc. both accounts at the same time.

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