This means if you have the Smart Plug plugged into a lamp, it can switch on either at a certain time or when you come home, and when the security system is flicked off, letting your home come to life in a way that makes you feel like it’s the future.
There will even be a thermostat that can be plugged into existing thermostat solutions. This product — the Zen Thermostat — was built by another Australian company, Planet Innovation, with Swann teaming up with this company to release the Zen locally.
Fit it into place on your existing thermostat electronics and your air conditioning system will gain some WiFi access with a clear LED notification system on the unit. Adding to this, if you have a SwannOne system, it will even talk to the Smart Hub and again allow the system to switch on when other actions are programmed.
Leaving for the day, you can switch the security system on which can shut off the air conditioning for you, saving some energy. As you arrive back home, this can be switched back on when you disengage the security system, which can be done from either that key fob or the SwannOne app.
“SwannOne is a smarter way to look at security for the home or business, and offers the user peace of mind knowing that their loved ones are safe, and their space is secure,” said Nicole Tyquin, Swann’s Marketing Communications Manager for the Connected Home.
“We have designed a complete and affordable smart home solution driven from one app to enable users to experience convenience, security and practical features no matter what life they live.”
In talking to Swann, the company appears ready and open to talk to existing smart device manufacturers, such as Philips with the Hue and Kwikset with the Kevo, and has even expressed possibilities in working with other manufacturers, such as Netgear for Arlo and Belkin for WeMo, though those companies would also have to want to play ball for openness, we’re told.
This makes the system very open, which could be very good for consumers.
Where Swann’s system starts to get a little concerning is the pricing. We don’t think the do-it-yourself aspect of Swann’s gear is all that troublesome — starting at $499.95 for an alarm-based kit, $699.95 for a single camera with the alarm kit (above), and $799.95 for a smart home kit with a Smart Plug — but these services only provide a service that includes streaming video and limited notifications for up to two users.
If you need more and want unlimited notifications, the custom rules similar to IFTTT, and remote lock control, you need to shell out $13.95 monthly for your system to talk to Swann’s system and make this happen.
Video storage is also extra — because only streaming is included — with each camera costing either $11 or $35 depending on if you want a week or a month worth of storage, while professional monitoring will also incur its own cost.
This last one starts at $22 for a week, $35 for a month, or $359 for a year, and will allow your alerts to be checked on by one of Swann’s security experts if you’re not there, with a call to emergency services handled by these people, handy if you’re on holiday.