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

By Brian Rhodes, Published May 23, 2017, 12:00am EDT

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

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

*** **** ***** ***** Aura **** * ******* 'next ***' ********* ******* similar ********, *** ****** ***** core ******** *** ** a ****** ********* ******** to ***********, ********* ********* providers **** *****, ***, Honeywell, *** ****.

***** ********* *********** ** solid, *** **** ** ability ** ***** ********* areas ** *** *** areas ** * *****, the **** ** ******* for ***** ** '***' where ******** ** *********, no ******* ** ***/****** the ****** **** ***** keypads, *** ** *********** integration ** ******** ********* systems ***** **** ** interesting ******, *** *** a ******** ******* ** competitive ********.

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

****'* ****** *********** *** ********, but ******* ************ **** it * *** *** as ** ********* ******. Our ******* ******* ***** keys:

  • *** **********: *** ***-***** *** and ****** *********** **** large ********** ** *** test *****, *** **** is *** ********** *** multiple ******* ** ***** them. ** * ~**** sq. **. ****, ***** 700 **. **. ** that **** ****** *** not '****' ** *** system **** ******** ******* and ****** ******** ** our **** *****.
  • **** *****: ********* ***** ******** was ****, *** ** tested *** ******* ********* - **', **', *** 75' ***** **** ** missed ********* ******* ****, but ********* **** ** the ********** **** **** increased ********.
  • ** ****: ** ****** ******* is *********.  ****** *** system ******* ******** ** nothing, *** ** **** is ***** ***** *** movement ** ** *** detection ****. **** ***** alarms *********** *** *** basic ** ** *********** useful.
  • **** *******: ****** ******* *** between * *** ** ******* on * ******* ***-**** connection, *** **** **** the **** ****** ***** the **********, ******* ** detection *** ***** ******* behind ****** ********.
  • *** *******: **** ** ***** for ****** *** **** and ****** ** ******* to ************* ** ***** temperatures, ******** ********* *** even ********* ***** ********* locations.
  • **** *****: *** ******* ***** is ****, *** **** when ***** ********, *** system ***** *** ** lost **** ** **** TVs ** *** *** be ***** ********** *** entire ********* ****.
  • ** ****** ** ************: *** ****** ****** still ***** *********** ******** available ** ***** ********* alarm *******, **** ******, conditional/area ******, ************, *** central ******* *********** ** only ********* ******* **, but *** ******** ** other ********.
  • ***** ***:  *******, ****'* *** was ********** *** ******** all *** ******** *** displays ** *** *** portal. *** *** ******** the ****** **** * registered **** ******* ** the ****, ********* *** system, *** **** *** not **********.
  • ******** ******* ******: ****** ******'* ***** 'Home' *******, **** ****'* Hub *** ****** ******** an ******** ****** ***** source.  ** *** ****, the ******* ******** ****** more **** * *****.
  • **** *******:** $***, **** **** will *** ******* ********* detection ******* **** ** matched ** ******** ** small ********* ********* ** even *** ******** **** Simplisafe.
How ** *****

*** ******* ********** ******* Aura **** *** *********** intrusion ** *** ****** monitors * ******** ***** created ******* *** ****** install ****** *** ************ that *** ********** ** movement. *** ************'* ******** video ******** *** ******* and ******** ** *** system, ***** *** ******* describes ** ********** '********* ripples' ** *** ******* field:

   

**** ******* '**** *** intrusion'******, **** ****'* ********* approach ***** **** *** system ******* *** '*** through' ************ **** ***** and ***********, ******* ********* only ******* **** *********.

*** ***** ***** ***** *** two ****** **********, * shelf-mounted *** *** ********* sensor ******* ** ******** it ******** **** * wall ******:

 

*** *** ******** ** an ******** ******, *** the ******* ****** ** interacting **** *** ******* is ******* * *** portal ** ********** ***.

*** ******* ********** ********** and ********* ******** ******** to ********* ********* ******* is *** ********* **** is ******** *********** *** *** ****** devices.  ***** ********* ********* systems *** ******** ** detect ********* ** *** perimeter ** * ********, Aura **** ** **** able ** ****** ******** within * ******* ** the ***** ******.

*********** ********

**** ******** *** ******** within *** **** ******* between *** *** ****** devices. *** ******** ********* and ********* ** ********* in * ******* ****** or **** *****, ********* as '****' **** ****-****, day, ** ****** *******. For *** **** ***********, a ***'* ******** ******** appears **** ****:

 

Buildings ** *** ***** ********* *****

*******, ** *** ***** from *******'* ************ ***** below, ******-*** ********* ** tough ** ******** ***** the ******** ** ********* outlets *** ******* *****.

******* *** ***** ** many ********** *** ****** is *** ****** ** equilateral, ***** ********** ** even ****** ***** ** doorways *** *** **** into *** ******** *****, a ***** ********** ** our ****:

*** ***** ******** ** the *** *** ****** sensor ** *** ******* drawback ** *** ******, a ********** **** ** compounded ** **** ***** able ** **** *** sensor *** ***. ********* outside ******** ***** ** possible, *** ********** ** brick ************, *** ** installed *** *************** *** areas *** ********* ** alarming ** '*****-*******' ***** essentially ***** ** *****.

** ******** ******* ***** be *****, *** ********* shapes ** ****** *** tenements ***** *********** ** accommodated ***, *** **** feature ** *** ********** available. **** ***** ** 'it ** ** *** roadmap', *** *** *** the ********* ****** ******.

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

******* **** ******* *** a ******* ********, *********** between *** *** ****** natural *********. *** ******* physical **********: ****'* *** comes ****** ***** ****-** sensor, ***** ******'* **** multiple ******* ****-** *****, often ** ** ****:

  

****'* ****** ** ********** larger **** * ****** node, *** **** **** an ******* ****** ***, an ****** ************* ******, and *** ******* ** to * ******** ***** outlet.

****'* *** ********** *** significantly ***** **** ********** to ******, **** *** use ** ** ** or ** ******* ** power *****.  ****'* ****** uses ***, *** *** central *** *** ** connected *** ******** ********* cables ** ******** ****** to ** ******* ** a ********* ** **********.

System Coverage *****

*** ********* **** *** Aura ** ************ **** four ***** ******:

 

** *** *******, *** ~2,000 ** ** **** best ********* ***** *** 'Level *' *******, **** 'Level *' ******** ~*** sq **.  ** *******, increasing *** ********* ***** increases *** *********** ** motion *********, *** ***** a '***** *' ******* in * ***** ********* may ******* ** ***** pets, ***** * '***** 1' ******* *** ***.

** ****** **** ******** up ** ***' **** from *** ***, *** the ******* ******* *** not ****. *******, ********* distances **** ********* ******, with ****** *********** ******* 'spikes' **** **** *** mass **** *** *****. The ****** **** ******** is ******** ** *** app *** *** ****** to ****** ** ********* and ** ******** ***********.

 

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

**** ** ********* ** a ****** '*** ***' ****** $*** ******.  ** ***** *********** or ****** ********** *** offered, ******** ****** ******* may ******* *** ****** to *** ******* ** hubs ** **** *********. [link ** ****** *********]

******* ********* **** ****** cost *********** *** **** at $*** [**** ** longer *********], *** ****** in ****** ********* *********** through *** *********** ****** mesh ******* ** *** multiple *****, *** ****** in ****-**** ******** ** movement ** ****-********** ****, both ******** ******* ** Aura.

************ 

** *** ****, *** total **** ****** ** install *** *** *** system ** *** ~ 5 *******. **** *** sensor *** *** *** plugged ** *** ******, users *** **** ** see ****** ******** ******* Aura's *** ** *** portal.  ******** ** ******, the ****** ** ****** and **** ***** ****** two ****** ******* ****** adapters *** ****:

Aura's ***-**** ***/****** *******

** ** ********** ****** testing, *** **** ******* must ** **** *** the *** ** *** portal, *** ** ***** hardware ******* ** ******* the ****** *** ******** on *** *** ** via ******.

****** ***** ** ********** by * ****** ****** button ** ****** '***' or '******' *** ******, with ** ********** **** or ********* ******** ** ****** them ** * ***** or *** **** ** unlocked:

 

****** ***** ****** *** reported ******* ********** ***** alerts ** *** ***** siren ******* ** *** hub, ******** *** ****** output ***** ********* *** be ******** ** ***** noise **** *** ** music *******.

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

*** *********** **** ******** and ******** ** ***** and ***********, *** **** not ******* '*****' ****** is ********, *** **** 'if' ** ** ********.

****** ******'* ***** ********* map **** ************ ***** movement ** *********, **** only **** *** ******* and ****** ********* ********. Barring * ***** ******* of ******** ********, * graph ****** ********* ** magnitude ** ******** ********* and **** ********.

**** ********* ***** ***** how ******** ******** ******* in ****'* **********:

 

**** ****, ******** ** stored *** ********* ** several '*******', **** *** example ******* ***** ***** that ***** ********* **** the **** ****:

 

****** ****** ** ******* form ** ****, ***** show ******** ********** **** activity **** ***, ******, or ********* ****** *****:

 

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

* *************** ******* ** Aura: **** ********** ****** or ***** ****** ** the ********* ****, *** apps ** ***** ****** (presumably ***** ******* ** their ******) ****** ********* alarms. *******, *** ******* only ***** **** *) a **** ** ********** into *** ***** **** system, *) **** **** and *** ******** * phone **** ** ****** Aura ***, *** *) the ********* **** ** properly ***** *** *** GPS ******** ** *** Aura ****** ** ******** registered.

*******, *** ******* ***** well *** ** ******** provided *** ********** *** met, *** ***** *** highly ******** ****** ** those **********, ***** ****** expect ****** ***** ****** as ** ***** ****** or **** ****** ** disarm *** ****** ** present ****** ****'* *******.

Weaknesses ** ******

**** ***** ***** ******** **** would ** *********** ** used ** * ******* intrusion ******:

  • ** ***** *******
  • ********* ********* *****
  • ** ***** ******
  • ** ******** ********* ** movement
  • ** **********

******** ** **** ***** DIY ********* *******, **** does *** **** ******** used *** ********* ******** needed *** *********** ** commercial ************ *****.

Strengths ** ******

****'* **** ******* ** that ** *** '***-****' walls *** *********** ***** obstructions ***** ** ** interesting ********* ******** ** traditional ********* ************. **** Xandem, **** ** *** mature ****** ** ****** enough ** ******* *********** systems, *** *** ********* features *** ********** ***** be ******** ** ** incumbent ********* ******* ******* for * ********** **** in *** ******** *********.

Aura ****'* ******* *******

*** ******* ****** **** Home *********** ******* ****, **-******* ** **-********** executives Taj ***** [**** ** longer *********] *** **** **** [link ** ****** *********], and ******* ** ******* former ********** *********. ***** Aura ** *** ***** intrusion ****** ******** ** the *******, *** *********** team *** **** ********* product *********** **********, *** veteran ********** ********** **** most ******** **** ********.

Comments (2)

Do you know if anyone at Aura has actual intrusion system experience?  This seems like it would be utterly useless for basic detecting intrusion features like when someone is home....("ARMED-STAY").  If I go downstairs late at night to address a cheese craving 🧀, that is indistinguishable from someone breaking in.

My prediction: Once they run out of their Series A money, they will be sold off to DMP or Bosch, who will use the sensor tech as part of a full-featured intrusion system.

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[UPDATE] Aura has now announced support for multiple sensors / 'beacons'.  (See this announcement)

This potentially changes a fundamental weakness of the initial system, as now non-football shaped areas (ie: full housing floors) can be monitored.

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