Aura's 'Invisible Ripple' Next Gen Intrusion Detection Tested

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on May 23, 2017

Aura Home is a startup intrusion detection system, but it claims new, high-tech sensing that monitors the 'invisible ripples' movement creates, showing up as spikes in a line in the main app:

We tested the platform to see how well it stacks up against traditional alarm systems, and other 'next gen' detection systems like Xandem. Our testing found numerous problems that will hinder its adoption and competitive positioning.

The test report inside covers key points:

  • Aura's Strengths and Shortcomings
  • Irregular Detection Zone Shapes
  • Performance and Installation vs Competitors
  • Lack of Movement Location Mapping
  • Pricing Comparison
  • System Status and Reporting Overview
  • App and Web-only Operation
  • Company Overview

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Key **** ********

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How ** *****

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Performance ********

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Aura ** ****** ****

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System ******** *****

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Kit ******* / ********** ** ******

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Installation

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Aura's ***-**** ***/****** *******

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System ****** *** *******

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"Who's ** ****" *********** *****

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Weaknesses ** ******

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Strengths ** ******

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Aura ****'* ******* *******

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