smart security system
The Alexa integration only works with the new SimpliSafe hardware, and the system can't be disarmed via voice for obvious reasons. With the monthly Interactive Plan, you can use SimpliSafe's Online Dashboard or mobile app to control the system, including arming and disarming it. The Dashboard also
lets you view your System Event Log, change your PIN, assign up to four guest PINs, and choose an optional Duress PIN, to use when an intruder is coercing you to disable the alarm. Enter it, and the alarm will stop sounding, but SimpliSafe will immediately send the police. You can also tweak settings like siren volume, entry and exit delay time, and manage and rename sensors in the Dashboard. But now, with the new system, most of these controls are accessible on the keypad
too, which is nice. I’ve been using a Canary since their kickstart beginning; I started with one All in One unit mostly because my hard wired home security system’s temperature monitor had been replaced a couple of times and still gave untimely and weird reports. I also wanted to see what was actually going on and found it invaluable when our house sat vacant for a year while my wife was in medical treatment in another city. After my wife recovered we downsized into a small condo and now rely on two Canary All in One’s and a Ring Doorbell for our entire security there. The units were so inexpensive on Amazon compared to my first All in One, I bought three more All in One’s and a Flex to cover the front and rear entrances to my townhouse, garage, and driveway outside. I no longer have to wonder if the heat is working when we are away, if I left the garage door up, if the contents of the garage are about to freeze, did a delivery man leave a package on my porch, or if an unauthorized entry is taking place.