As part of Nest’s larger push into home security, the company unveiled a professional alarm system. The new system is anchored by the Nest Guard, a central hub that allows home owners to arm and disarm Nest’s various home security devices. Nest claims its new system, which includes a motion detector, doorbell, and outdoor camera, among other devices, is “easy to live with every day,” and features the same accessibility and ease-of-use of its other products.
Running the whole thing is the Nest Guard, a small base that acts as a motion detector, speaker, and light system. The Guard is the center of Nest Secure, as indicated by the number pad, allowing users to arm and disarm the whole system with a simple pin code. If punching in numbers isn’t your thing, the Nest Tag, which is small enough to fit on a keychain, makes arming and disarming Guard much easier.
“When we looked at the home security market, we saw a similar landscape to when we entered the thermostat market,” explained Matt Rogers, Nest’s founder and chief product officer. “Just as people tend not to use programmable thermostats because of their complexity, the current home security offerings are also a huge pain to live with—whether it’s bulky hardware, false alarms or loud and stressful countdown. That’s why 43 percent of people with alarm systems don’t ever arm them.”
The Guard is complemented by Nest’s revamped outdoor camera and video doorbell, the latter of which can detect when people approach the your front door, and even detect noise, like a barking dog or people talking. Everything, according to Nest, should work in perfect harmony without much legwork from the user.
A Nest Secure starter pack includes a Nest Guard, two Nest Detects and two Nest Tags, with a price of $499. The new security system will be available starting this November.