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Canary promises a sophisticated home-security system for the 47 percent

Michael Brown | July 23, 2013
Contrary to what you might think, higher-income households are actually less likely to be burglarized, according to an analysis by the Department of Justice.

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Aside from those quibbles, Canary looks extremely promising. While it's being positioned as a security solution for the masses, Sager says owners of larger homes will be able to deploy up to four of the systems and they'll all work together. The anticipated price tag is less than some IP cameras alone, and the absence of a monthly service fee renders it doubly affordable. And unlike traditional security systems, you can take the Canary with you when you move.

Canary has built a working prototype, which I haven't evaluated, and has a modest funding target of $100,000 to be used for for tooling and production. The company is offering early-bird investors one device for $149 (additional units will be available at the anticipated retail price of $199). So the idea is solid, but the path from a great idea to manufacturing a great product is long, and Canary's three founders don't appear to have a lot of manufacturing experience under their collective belt.

Personally speaking, I wouldn't trade my whole-home security system with its many door and window sensors for a Canary. I like having IP cameras all over the house, and I like that my alarm system ties into my entry locks, lighting, and HVAC system.

Having said that, I still think Canary is one of the best ideas in home secuirty I've seen in a long time, and I think a lot of people will like it enough to invest.


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