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.

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Product *******

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Key ********

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

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  • ********* *********: *** **** '******' **** ******* *** ********, *** will ************* **** ****** ** *** *** **** **** **** are *** ****, ******** *** ********** ** ******** ** ** empty *****.
  • ******* ******: *** ************ ****** ** ***** * ***** ** full ********* ***** ** * ******* ******* ********* ** *** 'smart' ******.

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

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

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

Showstopper? ***** ****

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Major *******: *********** ********

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

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

*) ******** '**********' ****: **** ** ********** **** ** *****, a ***** ******** ****** ** **** *** ***** ** ********. Daytime ********** *** ****** ****** ** ********* *** ******* *******, and **** ****** *** ** ******* ** ******* ***** ******* light ** *********. ******, **** *** **** **********, *** ** completely ********** *** ******** ** * ****** ****** *** ***.

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

Comments (3)

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