Startup: Smoke Detector As a Security System

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Aug 28, 2014

Fresh off a successful fundraising campaign, Novi Security is making some bold claims: Its security system has "no contracts, no monthly fees, needs no hardwiring, and sends no false alarms", all costing a fraction of a normal panel based system.

The core of the system is a multipurpose sensor that combines a smoke detector, motion sensor, and security camera in a single unit:

Novi claims everything can be installed by DIYers with no tools, and even taken down if moving. Is Novi poised to revolutionize residential intrusion alarms? Or is it just another imaginary product claiming more than it really is designed to deliver? We look at Novi in this note.

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Novi's *******

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Comments (5)

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* **** *** **** ******** *** ******** ***** *** *******. Anything **** ****** *** ****** * *** ***** ***** *********** improvements *******, ******.

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