Ex-Microsoft Exec Surveillance Startup Nepoware Profile

By: Brian Karas, Published on Sep 02, 2016

Former Microsoft executive Richard Ang says he wanted to build an IoT device, and so he has spent 3 years developing what he says is a more dependable and cost-effective solution to monitoring outdoor areas with cameras.

In a conversation with IPVM he explained how his company, Nepoware, plans to address the DIY security market. 

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Comments (16)

Looks like vaporware. How are beams easier to set up and physically install than spending less than a minute on the analytics side of a Hik/Avigilon/Axis camera to set up line crossing. It's not that hard to set up an alarm input on the cameras either with off the shelf motion detectors or existing beam kits. Weird value prop and I don't really see a market niche that this will fit.

Vaporware would imply it is not really available, but the cameras and beams can be purchased (though for whatever reason the beams are not listed on the Neposmart website, they are available at Fry's)

As for the setup aspect, if you are familiar with security cameras and analytics, I agree this may seem like a step back. If you are Joe Homeowner looking for a camera, and have tried motion detection (or heard back things about motion/analytics from doing light research online) the beam concept could seem more foolproof and manageable.

spending less than a minute on the analytics side of a Hik/Avigilon/Axis camera to set up line crossing

Tyler, are you reliably using Hikvision and Axis line crossing to detect burglars outdoors?

I don't know enough about beams or how nepoware works to comment on that, but I am surprised to hear a recommendation for Hikvison and Axis line crossing for this type of application.

I use simple fishing line and tin cans. Works fine.

What a step back in time with using the beams...commercial facilities and dealerships used to use the beams and moved away from them because of the false alarms, they got beat up and easily circumvented

Can you discuss the nature of the false alarms? On the face of it, photonic beams seem very robust against false alarms. What am I missing?

Thanks!

Hi Brian, I dont get how this is related to IOT or what is special about it. Connecting a garage door button or a beam to a camera input is not IOT.

What is difference between this and an el-cheapo Foscam tied to a cheap an infrared sensor?

What is difference between this and an el-cheapo Foscam tied to a cheap an infrared sensor?

He spent 3 years on this? I can do a lot more with an XTLplus alarm panel from DMP for less. Sure it's got a monthly fee, but it'll actually work. Beams are cool, plug them into a wireless transmitter and you've got it "integrated" with your system. Outdoor beams are a really bad idea for alarm notifications.

This video is disproves itself at best, and is deceitful and misleading at worst.

Why?

Let's start from the opening statement.

"Security systems nowadays say they can help you solve crimes that happen to your property. But the problem is, they're already in your property!"

Here's the shot:

When you have a Nepoware sytem, the result is better:

So why didn't the front door camera turn around the robber witb the other security system? Note that no lights or sirens are going off at this point.

Oh, they left that shot out I guess.

Underhanded, no?

This is the 168th startup this year... And looks ridiculous. And much more unprofessional than a Nest camera what I never thought that would be seen better than anything...

A beam sensor which installed with visible cabling on the floor. Come on... This is IoT? Now I can guess why he is an ex-exec...

Attila,

Please tone down your comments. Recently, they have become fairly emotional and condescending.

You are certainly free to criticize people, products and companies on IPVM but saying things like "Now I can guess why he is an ex-exec..." is not appropriate unless you have specific evidence of why he is an ex-exec.

Thanks,

John

Sorry John, understood.

But I didn't mentionted I know why. It's in conditional tense. ;)

Network connectivity is via Wifi or Ethernet. Additionally there is audio I/O, a contact-closure input, and a relay output, which is the interface used to control the strobes, sirens and garage doors shown in Neposmart's demo videos.

What's the coax for, wifi antenna or analog video?

It's for the wifi antenna.

Thank you for the post Brian. I just joined IPVM.

Please allow me to share real-life experiences on how Neposmart was able to PREVENT several property crimes and I am including real-life alerts and video shared by the customers of Neposmart. As a result of these real life events, Neposmart is now inundated with requests to buy and install the Neposmart suite of products to many households and commercial properties who want to augment or replace their security system.

On Sep 1 3:23 am, several burglaries occurred where a group of intruders were going house to house and breaking car windows, taking the garage remote control from the car, opening garage door and ransacking the garage. A Neposmart user received an instant MMS alert as shown below (posted below are real alert screenshots from an iPhone). A man riding a bike entered the driveway and quickly drove away when the perimeter beam emitted a breach sound and the siren/strobe light was activated. The owner woke up with the alert and checked the real live and recorded video. The man riding the bike drove away when the strobe light/siren was instantly activated, and so there was no incident and the owner went back to sleep.

intruder-crossed-driveway-pitched-black

At 4:56AM, another breach occurred and this time a police officer crossed the driveway and was inspecting the neighborhood due to numerous break-ins reported. After seeing the real-time alert, the owner of the house went to talk to the police officer at 5PM as shown in the porch breach alert below.

police-breach-owner-breach

Result: An intrusion attempt was prevented and the owner was able to notify the police that one of the perpetrators was riding a bike. Without Neposmart, it is highly likely that the owners will have to deal with broken car windows and stolen belongings.

In the same neighborhood, another Neposmart user posted a real-life video of the potential breach. The owner later posted the video taken directly from the Neposmart outdoor camera in a pitch black driveway and thanking Neposmart for preventing another break-in. The same owner car was broken-into 3 months ago and he decided to replace his security system with Neposmart cameras, Beams, siren/strobe light and garage controller. Please check the live video below. You can see 1 perpetrator entering his house, activated the siren and strobe light and ran away to the next door neighbor. Another perpetrator crossed the beam and ran away again.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2Ft1gtld8I5a3dnTjBmVm1Vcjg/view?usp=sharing

Result: An intrusion attempt was prevented and the owner was very thankful that he does not have to deal with another intrusion attempt after the facts.

Just last night, I am profoundly thankful as my Neposmart system was able to alert me that my fence and my backyard tree was engulfed in flames because the fire caused a perimeter breach. I was able to call the police/firefighters in time thus averting a major disaster. With the Divine Intervention and some help from the Neposmart system, I was able to save our house and my neighbors too. I can post real live photos, notification if anyone is interested.

Summary: The Perimeter beam we engineered to work with Neposmart camera and siren/strobe lights is indeed working based on these real life experience. Our valued commercial and residential customers (including our house, office, warehouse) enable the perimeter beam 24/7 and it activates strobe lights/siren with different types of notification (Dropbox, Amazon Drive upload, local recording, email, push notifications, MMS, SMS). The reason why our customers can confidently enable the strobe light/siren when a perimeter is breached is because they are not getting false alarms (a siren especially will be a big nuisance if it gets activated due to false alarms).

Thank you IPVM.

Cheers, Richard

Nepomart

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