The Canary – All-in-One Home Security Device has three operating modes including Armed, disarmed and privacy. It starts to record videos and audio with the detection of motion when it is in armed mode. The system uses the geolocation data of your phone to determine whether you are away or at home to adjust the mode appropriately. Your location enables the system to auto-locate the phone numbers for emergency responders within your area including fire, ambulance and the police. As such, you can reach them whenever you want to by just pressing a button on your smartphone or trigger the siren. The canary arms itself the moment the last person registered to the system leaves the house. Notably, it is important not to register many devices with the canary mobile app because if you forget one of the registered devices in the house, it will disarm the system.
The Canary boasts of a 1080p camera that delivers crisp videos when streaming. The camera records bold colored videos during the day and delivers well-lit black and white videos with sharp images thanks to the night vision ability of the system. The motion sensor embedded in the canary works flawlessly despite the fact that it is very sensitive thus can raise a false alarm even with a slight motion. The device embraces geo-fencing technology or auto mode switching that works perfectly by detecting a registered smartphone within a particular range. It arms the canary the moment you leave the house and disarm it the moment you are back into the house. As such, you don’t have to come disarm the device the moment you are back into the house, it will detect and disarm it automatically.
The device goes a step further to offer an evaluation of your home environment. It comes equipped with sensors that can monitor humidity, temperature and air quality. The quality air sensor can detect cigarette smoke, ethanol, hydrogen, carbon monoxide and ISO Butane. The reporting tool does not identify any of the gasses but you shall be able to see on your smartphone a graph that ranges between Normal, abnormal and very abnormal. The Nest Cam Indoor security camera has a more powerful sensor that is dedicated to detecting carbon monoxide and smoke thus more efficient in raising an alarm in case of a fire outbreak in the house. The humidity sensor is also very sensitive thus helping you to regulate the humidity in your house by use of a dehumidifier.
The security system comes with a basic monitoring plan that allows you to store up to 12 hours of video history. Canary’s cloud space allows users to save five clips for free and get to directly download up to three clips on any smartphone. However, if you need enough back up for your videos, Canary offers three paid plans to choose from for subscription.