Arlo’s new smart home security system features NFC technology

Arlo announced the imminent arrival of its long-awaited home security system at CES 2022 this week, and the product even received a nod as the winner of the CES Innovation Award 2022. The company, known for its cameras high-quality smart security cameras, also announced its support for Matter, a possible indication that a Matter specification for security cameras is not too far out.

The DIY security surveillance solution is a natural expansion for the business that has a full suite of home security cameras. So natural that in fact announced one at CES 2019.

Although this product never saw the light of day, the latest Arlo Security System is a complete overhaul. The main feature is the new all-in-one multi-sensors with eight different functions, as well as the NFC built into the hub so that users can tap their phone to disarm the system. Arlo says the system will be available for purchase in the first half of 2022.

All-in-one sensors are able to recognize movements, door / window openings and tilt, water leaks, light / temperature changes, and they can listen to smoke and CO alarms, explains Arlo. Small and light, the multi-sensor is 1.1 inches wide and runs on battery power.

Arlo’s new security system uses these unique multi-sensors to monitor your home.
Image: Arlo

The sensors are paired with the Arlo security system’s “modular hub”, which serves as the central controller and has a built-in siren, smoke / CO alarm sensor, and built-in backlit keypad. It also has NFC technology to activate the faucet on / off function.

“We designed the Arlo security system not only to complement the Arlo ecosystem, but also to address issues common to other solutions on the market,” said Tim Johnston, Product SVP at Arlo. Additionally, Arlo says the system integrates with existing Arlo security cameras.

However, details of what exactly these integrations will entail have not been made available. We also don’t know how much the system will cost or whether you’ll need to subscribe to Arlo Secure – Arlo’s monthly subscription plan for its cameras that starts at $ 3 per month. I assume there will be a fee to use the system, although currently there does not appear to be a professional monitoring option.

There’s also no word on smart home integrations, but Arlo has traditionally been a very open system, working with SmartThings, Google Home, Amazon Alexa, and Apple HomeKit. I contacted Arlo with these questions and was told more information would be available at launch.

While multi-sensors are an innovative idea and similar to Google’s excellent Nest Detect sensors for its now defunct Nest Secure security system, the downside will likely be the cost. These multi-sensors are often much more expensive than motion and contact sensors used in security systems from competitors such as Ring and SimpliSafe. This means that equipping a typical three bedroom home with an Arlo security system can quickly become expensive.

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