Ecobee offers professional monitoring at $ 10 per month

Cupertino, November 9, 2021

Ecobee, recently acquired by generator maker Generac for $ 770 million, is expanding its home security offering with a $ 10-a-month professional monitoring plan. Ecobee's new Smart Security service will use the HomeKit-compatible Ecobee smart thermostat with voice control, the company's SmartSensors for cameras and doors / windows and, optionally, the SmartCamera with voice control.

Formerly known as Haven, which included only $ 5 self-monitoring for cloud storage for a single Ecobee camera, or $ 10 per month for an unlimited number of Ecobee cameras, the new Complete Smart Security service will connect directly to local 911 agencies through the third. -PartidSOS party service provider to send the appropriate personnel for burglaries and fires. By directing data directly to 911 screens, RapidSOS can reduce emergency response time by "minutes," says Ecobee.

Ecobee Smart Security will use an Ecobee SmartThermostat with voice control - our current top choice in smart thermostats - as the central hub, and that device will hear the sound of a smoke alarm. Ecobee SmartSensors measures the temperature of the rooms in which they are installed and also detects movement. Ecobee SmartSensors for doors and windows, meanwhile, monitor the status of doors and windows (open or closed) and can trigger an alarm state when they are opened unexpectedly. These sensors can also save energy by interrupting the HVAC system when a door or window is left open.

Optionally, you can add one or more Ecobee SmartCameras with voice control, and the cameras will not only hear the sound of the fire alarm, but RapidSOS staff can view the live video of the camera during an alarm event to speed up emergency shipment .

Ecobee now sells an efficiency and security solution with a thermostat, room sensor and two door / window sensors for $ 280. Optional rooms cost $ 100 each, while additional room sensors are available in a $ 2 for $ 100 package. A package of 2 door / window sensors costs $ 80.

The $ 10 per month cost of professional monitoring is attractive, given that Ring has recently doubled the price of its service plan, which includes professional monitoring. Keep in mind, however, that Ring Alarm and Ring Alarm Pro are part of a much larger smart home ecosystem - although HomeKit is not compatible - and the Ring Alarm series can also send help in case of a medical emergency, in addition to burglary and fire. .

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