Smart phone technology allows us all to work anywhere and to communicate via phone, text, email and Facetime. Smart home devices like Amazon’s Echo system allow us to instantly control our music and connect with other devices to control our lights, our room temperature and more. And you can use a Nest thermostat to automate your home’s temperature without needing to constantly program it.
Start with Internet phone calls
To access the home security features, you’ll need to be an existing Ooma Telo customer or sign up for the phone service. The phone service offers free calling throughout the United States and inexpensive international calls, has caller id and call waiting, plus it includes a mobile app that you can use to check the status of your home when you are away.
Ooma’s CEO Eric Stang says these next generation home monitoring systems can use remote capabilities to check on your home and react to situations such as a break-in, a carbon monoxide leak, a flood, a fire or a water leak.
The Ooma Home Monitoring system can remotely trigger a call to your local 911 system in an emergency. Unlike calling directly from a cell phone, the call from the Ooma system will automatically send your home address to the 911 operator, saving time that could be essential in an emergency.
Watching over your home and your pets
The Home Monitoring system can be integrated with up to 100 sensors in your home, so if you have a large property you can still keep track of every corner. The system connects your home to the Internet through a centralized hub that you can easily customize for your needs.
The next upgrade to the Home Monitoring system, coming soon, will include a storm watch program that automatically knows about incoming storms and can make adjustments to protect your house even if you’re not there.
All Ooma Telo customers will receive the Ooma Home Monitoring service free for the first sensor, which can be either a door sensor, a window sensor, a motion sensor or a water sensor that monitors for leaks and flooding. Ooma Basic customers can subscribe to the Home Monitoring system for $5.99 per month for each additional sensor. Ooma Premier customers can use the monitoring service at no additional cost. The door and window sensors cost $24.99, the water sensor costs $29.99 and the motion sensor costs $34.99.
"Ooma’s unique hybrid cloud platform is ideally suited to enable new innovative services including our new Home Security service," says Stang.