There are plenty of devices that manage your home while you’re away, though they usually have just one function. Some systems turn appliances on and off, some alert you when you when doors are opened or movement is detected, and some allow you to set up alarms while away. Piper is one home management system that does all of these functions and more, allowing its customers to have total control of their house no matter where they are.
Developed by Ontario-based smart monitor company Blacksumac, Piper received the necessary funding through Indiegogo in September 2013, earning over $300,000 in a single month. This recently-released product uses a Z-Wave to turn appliances off and on, video-monitor rooms, detect motion, record video, and provide home stats (temperature, humidity, etc.), all of which are accessible from a smartphone.
The system even allows you to add if/then commands from the phone in case of intruders. For example, it’s easy to input a command for when a specific door is open, such as “send me a text” or “sound the siren.” Even if you have a furry friend at home, Piper’s setting can be altered so that your pet won’t set off alarms meant for a robber. The device is still a work in progress, with Blacksumac working to integrate voice command technology in the near future.
When you arrive home, there’s no need to input a code to turn off the alarms you’ve set. The system will use Blutooth to detect when you are in the area (assuming you have your phone) and shut off all security settings. By having the system completely accessible from your phone, there are some concerns about whether the system can be hacked, though no cases of such have arisen thus far.
Piper can be purchased from their website for $239 for just the device or $359 for a package that includes three Z-Wave accessories. The mobile app is compatible with Android and iOS.