Startup Launches Home Intrusion Detection and Tracking System (Xandem)

By: Brian Rhodes, Published on Nov 17, 2015

No contract, no installer.

And not only does Xandem Home claim to detect intruders, it will track and map where they are right now and where they have been.

Is this the next big step forward in DIY home intrusion detection that will surpass companies like Simplisafe, who raised $57 Million? Or does this system suffer from fatal flaws that will doom it to technological novelty but impractical solution?

Inside this note, we examine its strengths and weaknesses compared to traditional offerings and DIY alternatives.

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Comments (9)

Increible Sistema de Alarma

I really wish these companies would choose normal names.

...the home offering essentially is a stand-alone and complete system that includes an additional 'gateway' appliance to push alarms to remote users.

Is all the tomographic calculation done right at the wall wart?

Xandem says they will charge $10 per month for remote system access outside of a household LAN...

Does that imply you can access the system locally without a $10 charge, i.e., what can the system do without the cloud?

The Home sensor is kept in place by the same three-prong connector that supplies power.

It looks like it's only 'kept in place' by 2 prongs. Three would make it sturdier for sure.

I really don’t see how any security professional could find this interesting as a home intrusion system. The tracking technology is neat but that’s about it. The system does not notify a monitoring station that can dispatch police. All it can do is send a notification to the end user IF the network is up and IF they pay the monthly fee. Then the user would have to call the police. You can do the same thing with a few IP cameras and at least have video of the intruder. If it could call police and had a cellular connection it could compete with today’s DIY wireless alarm systems. But CNN Money says it will turn your house into Hogwarts! So the goal will probably be met.

The tracking technology is neat but that’s about it.

Is it even tracking technology anyway or just detection in a location?

Consider the fact that we think it's unlikely that most mainstream video analytics can track well when multiple people are in motion, yet it's a possibility with radio wave tomography?

What's the identifier exactly, your tomoprint?

Are you saying you're a skeptic because radio waves are used?

Radar and Sonar work pretty well.

Radar and Sonar work pretty well.

I agree they work well at detection, and even at tracking, provided targets don't overlap, like in a kitchen.

Imagine a Boeing 787 and an Airbus 380 on a collision course being tracked by ATC radar. When they meet instead of crashing they do a do-se-do and on exit different vectors. Using radar alone how do you know which is which?

Xandem monitors movement/intrusion. They do not claim identification.

So then it doesn't really track people, it just detects them.

Because it doesn't know that the occupant detected that was in the kitchen is now in the living room. Or even whether they went anywhere.

People tracking implies you keep track of them, right?

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