Notion: Taking Home Monitoring Technology to the Next Level

April 26, 2015

4:00 pm

According to the FBI, there are approximately 2.1 million burglaries that occur in the U.S. every year. With this in mind, it is not surprising that an estimated 20 percent of all U.S. homes are equipped with a security system. However, experts have indicated that about half of these systems are not used on a regular basis, and this is attributed mere inconvenience. Several companies have begun using easier monitoring options such as smartphone apps that enable people to remotely turn their system on or off. Although this was a step in the right direction, Notion has taken the concept of easy monitoring to an entirely new level.

The Notion Sensor

All of the alarms in your home are important for the safety and well-being of your family, ranging from the security alarm that will alert you if an intruder comes through a window all the way to the smoke detector that can help everyone quickly exit the premises during a fire. In the past, each of these alarms were monitored and controlled separately, but Notion has developed a single sensor that is able to monitor every alarm system within your home.

How Does Notion Work?

Every alarm is connected to the Notion sensor, and the user is then able to receive real-time data about each system via their smartphone. For example, the Notion iOS or Android app will send you an alert if a water leak is detected underneath your kitchen sink, and you can also get timely updates that tell you each time monitored areas such as the garage door are opened and closed. Other systems that can be monitored by the Notion sensor include gun safes and windows. In total, a single sensor can maintain constant surveillance on up to eight different things that are located within 175 feet of a Notion hub. Because each hub acts as a repeater, you can place multiple hubs throughout your home in order to track a virtually limitless list of alarms.

Monitor Multiple Places at Once

Many entrepreneurs travel on a regular basis, and this can cause them to have more than one residence. Fortunately, Notion sensors can be installed in any U.S. location, and the alerts can all be pushed through a single app. Additionally, Notion enables users to designate trusted individuals who can assist them with alert issues. In other words, if you are going to be on vacation, you can forward alerts to a neighbor or your house sitter.

Notion is one of the latest pieces of innovative technology that has taken advantage of the Kickstarter platform. More than 1,300 backers donated $281,655 to give Loop Labs, Inc. the necessary startup funding to begin producing and shipping this product. This successful campaign proves yet again that there is a lot of support to be found online for tech startup companies and inventors. Notion now sells their products starting at $129, but early Kickstarter adopters were able to get the basic setup for only $99.

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Holly Chavez is a former engineer and current writer and entrepreneur. She enjoys writing informative articles about technology and is amazed at all the new inventions and strides that happen every day. Holly also cares about the environment and is involved with writing projects and activism that supports sustainability, Green living and lowering the carbon footprint.

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