The Security System in a Bulb

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on May 08, 2015

One of the hottest ideas in home security is a lightbulb.

Well, BeON is not just any bulb. It claims the intelligence to trick burglars into thinking you are home even if you are not.

But at $75 a pop, does it offer enough to justify replacing an alarm system? Does it have what it takes to be a commercial success? We take a deeper look in this note.

*** ** *** ******* ***** ** **** ******** ** * lightbulb.

****,****** *** **** *** ****. ** ****** *** ************ ** trick ******** **** ******** *** *** **** **** ** *** are ***.

*** **$** * ***, **** ** ***** ****** ** ******* ********* ** ***** system? **** ** **** **** ** ***** ** ** * commercial *******? ** **** * ****** **** ** **** ****.

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Product *******

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Key ********

**** ** ********* ** *** **** *****: ******** *** ************ and ******** **** ****** *****. **** ***** *** ***** ** output ~*** ****** *** **** ***** ** *****.

***** **** *** *** ***** ****, **** ******** * ********* 'smart' ****** **** ******** ******** ********, *********:

  • ***** *********: *** *** ******** ******* ** **** ****** *** be ********** ** ******* ** ****** **** *********. *** ******* claims **** **** ********* ******** **** ** ******* ** *** is ****, *** ****** ********** ** * ***** ******* ** will *** **** ***.
  • ********* *********: *** **** '******' **** ******* *** ********, *** will ************* **** ****** ** *** *** **** **** **** are *** ****, ******** *** ********** ** ******** ** ** empty *****. 
  • ******* ******: *** ************ ****** ** ***** * ***** ** full ********* ***** ** * ******* ******* ********* ** *** 'smart' ******.

***** *** ********* ** **** ***** *** ** *********** ********** apps ** *** ** ***. ***** ** ***** **** ******** screw-in ***** **** *******, *** *** ****-** ************ ** ******** bulbs.  *********** *** ***** *** **** ** *** ** *** app, *** ** ** ** ***** *** **** ** ** registered ** *** ****.

Security ***********

**** ********** **** * ******* ********* ***** ******, **** ***** equipped **** **** ********** *** ***** ********, **** ****** **** advantages ***** ******* ** *** ** ****** ******* ********** ****:

  • ****** *******: *** ********** *** ** ********* *** ***** *** BLE, ** ****** ******** ****** (**: ~*** ****) ***** *** control *** ** ******** ** ******** **** ** **** *** in ****** *****.
  • ********* ****: *** ***** **** ** *** ***** ** ***** detectors *** **** **** ** ** ********** ****** *****, **** if *** ******* ** ****** ***.
  • ** ******* ***: ****** ***** '***** ***** ******', **** ******** no ******* ******* **** ** ********* ** ** ****.

Showstopper? ***** ****

*** **** ***** * *** ********* ******* *** ********** *******: they *** *********. ****** *** * ****** **** *** $**, and **** ******** ** ***** *** ***** **** ***** - ** **** ******

********** **** *******, **** ******** ******** ***** *** ****** *** the **** ******** *** ******** ** *********. *** ******* ******* 3 ***** (* $*** ***) *** ******** *** **********, *** recommends * ** **** ***** ** ********** ***** * **** sq. ** **** (* $*** ***). **** **** * ******* life ********** ** ** *****, **** ***** *** ***** ** be ********* ********* ** **** ******** ** ******* ** *** bulbs **** ************ *** ***** ** ***, ****$*.** *** **** ************* ***********.

Major *******: *********** ******** 

*** ***** ***** ** ****'* ***** ** **** *** * one-time ******* ** **** **** $***, *** ******* ********* *** self-install * ******** ****** **** ****** **** ***** ** **** when *** ********* *** ****.

*******, **** ** * ***** *** ********** *** ******* *******:

*) ******** '**********' ****: **** ** ********** **** ** *****, * light ******** ****** ** **** *** ***** ** ********. ******* burglaries are ****** ****** ** ********* *** ******* *******, *** **** simply *** ** ******* ** ******* ***** ******* ***** ** plentiful. ******, **** *** **** **********, *** ** ********** ********** and ******** ** * ****** ****** *** ***.

*) ***** ** ** ********: *** ****** ******* ** ***** on *** **** **** ***** ****** ******. ***** ** *** indeed **** * ***** ********* ******, ***** ** ****** ** guarantee * ***** **** ** *** *** ** *****.  ** a ********* ******* ***** * ********, **** ***** **** **, but **** ***** *** **** ** ***** ******** ** *** house, *** ******** ** ********* ** ***** *******.

Other **********

 **** ***** ** *** *** ******* ******* **** *****. ***** potential ******** *******:

  • ***** ******** ****: ****** ************* ***** ******* **** ******* ****** sensors *** **** ********, **** **** ****** ** ******** ******. This ***** *** ** ********** ** *** ************* ***** ***** sensor ***** ***** ******* ******.
  • ** ****** ********: **** ********* ******* ******* **** ************ ** dialer ** **** * ******* ******* ** ****** ******** ** alarm. **** ****** ** ******* **** ****, ******* ****** ******** on *** ****** ********** ** * ****** ** ***** ** chase ********* ****.
  • *** *******: *************, *********** ******** **** * ******** ****** ** making ******** ********* *** ******* ******* *********** ******. ***** **** apparently *** * ***** *** *********** ********** **** -********* * *** ******* *********** ******** ********** - *** * ***** ** ****$*.** ** ******* *****, ** ** ******* **** **** ********* ********** *********.

Platform *******

***** *** **** ** *** ******* *******, **** ******** **** other ********* '***** *******' **** ** **** ********* ** *** future, ********* * ******** '*******' ****** **** ** * ****-********* alarm, *** ********* ***********/******** ** ****** ********* *******:

** ***** ***** ******* ****** ****** *********, **** **** ** the ***-*********** ********* *** ******** ********** ** **** ***** ** addressed, ******* *** ******** ***** **** **** * ********** *********** to *********** ***** *******.

Our **************: **** *********

*******, *** *** ** **** ****, ******* *************, *** ********* product *********** ****** ** **** ********* **** **** **** ******** incumbent ***** *********.  *******, **** **** ****** ****** **** ** the *****-******* ****** ****** *****, *** ***** ****** **** **** and ********** ******* ****** ********* ** **** *** ** * widespread *******.

Alternative *********

** ***** ** ******* '*******' ************ ** *********** ********* ******** systems, *** ****** ** ****** **** *********.  ********:

  • **** **: * ****** **** ***** *** ********** ** * ******-** TV ****** ** ******* ** *** **** *********** ** ****, *** **** less **** $**.
  • **********: ** ********* ***** ****** ******* *** ********** ** *** issue, **** *** *** ****-********* ********* ****** ***** ** * good ***, **** ******* ***** ******* *** ***** ****** ******* under *** $*** ********** ******* ** ****.
  • * ***: ******, ** ****** * '*****' ******** ******** **** ******** to **** ****** ** *** ****, ******** ******** * *** dollars ** * ***. ***** *** ****** *** *********** *** be ******* **** * *********, *** *** ** ****** ** be ********** ****** ******* ***** ** ****.

Comments (3)

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