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

By: 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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** ****** *** ******** to *** *** **** it ****** ** ******* traditional ***** *******, *** other '**** ***' ********* systems **********. *** ******* ***** numerous ******** **** **** hinder *** ******** *** competitive ***********.

*** **** ****** ****** covers *** ******:

  • ****'* ********* *** ************
  • ********* ********* **** ******
  • *********** *** ************ ** Competitors
  • **** ** ******** ******** Mapping
  • ******* **********
  • ****** ****** *** ********* Overview
  • *** *** ***-**** *********
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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 **** ********

****'* ****** *********** *** reliable, *** ******* ************ make ** * *** fit ** ** ********* system. *** ******* ******* these ****:

  • *** **********: *** ***-***** *** 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 * *** ** seconds ** * ******* DSL-type **********, *** **** when *** **** ****** using *** **********, ******* in ********* *** ***** seconds ****** ****** ********.
  • *** *******: **** ** ***** 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 ******* **** *********.

*** ***** ***** ***** the *** ****** **********, a *****-******* *** *** companion ****** ******* ** plugging ** ******** **** a **** ******:

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

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

Performance ********

**** ******** *** ******** 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 ******** *****

*** ********* **** *** 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 ****** '*** ***' kit*** $*** ******. ** ***** *********** or ****** ********** *** offered, ******** ****** ******* may ******* *** ****** to *** ******* ** hubs ** **** *********.

******* ********* **** ****** cost*********** *** **** ** $495, *** ****** ** better ********* *********** ******* the *********** ****** **** created ** *** ******** nodes, *** ****** ** real-time ******** ** ******** on ****-********** ****, **** features ******* ** ****.

Installation

** *** ****, *** 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 ********* ******** ** access **** ** * phone ** *** **** is ********:

****** ***** ****** *** 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 ** ******

**** ***** ***** ******** that ***** ** *********** if **** ** * primary ********* ******:

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

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

Strengths ** ******

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

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

*** ******* ****** **** Home *********** ******* ****, **-******* ** **-********** executives*** ************ ****, *** ******* ** several ****** ********** *********. While **** ** *** first ********* ****** ******** by *** *******, *** development **** *** **** technical ******* *********** **********, and ******* ********** ********** that **** ******** **** outright.

Comments (2)

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** **********: **** **** *** *** ** ***** ****** * money, **** **** ** **** *** ** *** ** *****, who **** *** *** ****** **** ** **** ** * full-featured ********* ******.

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**** *********** ******* * *********** ******** ** *** ******* ******, as *** ***-******** ****** ***** (**: **** ******* ******) *** be *********.

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