Google discontinued the Nest Guard security system in 2020 without warning or changes on the horizon, and to date, there is still no ideal solution for a proper security system that integrates with Google Assistant without a catch. This week, Arlo is launching its own entry into the home security system market, and it’s the kind of thing Google Nest should take notes on.
The Arlo Home Security System is a $199 all-in-one system designed to help you secure and monitor your home without the need for complex installation. To some extent, it’s the same system as SimplySafe, just with a few different hardware and software choices.
At the heart of the system is a “keypad sensor hub,” with motion detection, a microphone for detecting smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and a built-in siren for when the alarm goes off. The keypad also has one-tap connections to police, fire departments and medical responders directly. Optionally, there is also an attachment for the keypad that adds battery and cellular backup.
That keypad then connects to Arlo’s all-in-one sensor, which is primarily used to detect motion and open doors or windows. But these sensors can do a lot more, including detecting tilting garage doors, detecting water leaks, detecting changes in light or temperature, and using microphones to listen for carbon monoxide or smoke alarms. It’s certainly an attractive little sensor.
You get two sensors with a keypad in the base $199 package or a yard sign with five sensors and a keypad in the $299 package. Notably, this drastically undercuts the original price of the Nest Guard which came in at $499 in 2017.
Arlo also offers professional monitoring with a system that can dispatch authorities in an emergency and use Arlo security cameras to verify it’s not a false alarm. This is however completely optional.
Here’s the unfortunate bit.
Currently, it doesn’t look like the Arlo security system will have any Google Assistant (or even Alexa) integration. It’s a standalone system that uses only Arlo’s app. Since Google Home is adding support for routine device triggers, this is a shame, but hopefully, it can be added later. Arlo’s cameras have some of the best integration with Google’s smart home ecosystem.
The Arlo home security system begins shipping from Arlo’s website and Best Buy in late November.
Along with the new security system, Arlo is also announcing the Pro 5S 2K camera today, which has improved network performance and 30% better battery life. It also adds color night vision and a new security system with a cellular add-on for continuous recording during power outages. The camera costs $249 and is integrated with Google Assistant.
Google’s decision to move away from Nest Guard still surprises me, as systems like this work great with other smart home functions.
Arlo’s system here pulls a lot of great ideas that I, as someone who still uses Nest Guard, love To see in Google’s sequel. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be remotely on the horizon, so Arlo might just be the way to go.
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