Jul 2, 2015
False Alarms Cost Taxpayers HOW MUCH?!
False alarms cost the traditional home security industry millions of dollars each year.
Often times the causes of false alarms are easily avoidable simply by completing routine maintenance. For example, low battery alerts are the second-most common cause of false alarms, and adhesives and magnets wearing off of doors and windows are also a common cause.
Unfortunately, many people with traditional home security aren’t able to directly monitor their home live. This lack of autonomy over one’s own home security makes it more difficult to prevent false alarms.
What are the consequences of false alarms? The most obvious one is that they tie up law enforcement; reducing the resources they have to handle emergency cases. False security alarms also carry fines with them if they’re too frequent, in addition to the possibility of costing taxpayers money.
Piper was designed to give users more power over their home security and to reduce this prevalent problem within the traditional home security industry.
Just how exactly do we do it? Piper is equipped with a passive infrared (PIR) motion sensor. This sensor picks up subtle changes in its field of view, and is based on temperature.
PIR’s are amazing for detecting burglars and other humanoids, but are classically fooled by all sorts of carbon-based life forms. You and I both know that a security system can’t be very effective at catching burglars if it keeps alerting you every time your pet cat comes into the room.
With Piper, we developed a feature we call “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. This means that creatures smaller than a masked intruder won’t cause Piper to pipe up!
We’re going to continue to update our system to allow for even more advanced false alarm prevention in the future. Stay tuned!