At CES on Tuesday, Alarm.com revealed that it is developing a smart home security drone alongside its other IoT devices and software. The idea is that if you hear something go bump in the night, you can just grab your smartphone and watch a live video stream of what’s happening because your drone has automatically gone to check things out.
Lots of companies — like Y Combinator graduates Aptonomy, General Catalyst-backed Sunflower Labs, Eighty Nine Robotics in Chicago, Secom Co. in Japan and drone behemoth DJI — offer drones or drone-based services that can monitor the perimeter of a home or commercial site from on high. But most aren’t building them to fly indoors.
Alarm.com is developing a system that enables drones to fly wherever unusual people or activities are detected, inside or outdoors, according to Chief Product Officer Dan Kerzner. The company has begun development of both software and hardware, specifically a quadcopter, using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Flight platform. But it hasn’t yet finalized a name for its product.
Alarm.com, which went public in June 2015, builds systems that let home or business owners remotely control and gather data and insights from internet-connected systems like lights, cameras, locks and other devices.
The Washington, D.C.-based company distributes its technology through professional installers. That means it doesn’t rely on crowdfunding campaigns or retail distribution to get its systems into millions of homes or into light commercial applications like at offices or apartment buildings.
Contractors may have other favorite devices they’ll recommend to homeowners and building managers, though. So even though Alarm.com builds plenty of its own hardware, it also creates its software to integrate with, and manage, other companies’ devices.
That’s what it has done with smart home devices on the ground, like Yale locks, LiftMaster garage door openers and other Z-wave devices, Kerzner said. And that’s what the company plans to do with drones, and other autonomously operating robots in the future.
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