- Thursday, October 11th, 2018Ooma, Inc., a smart communications platform for businesses and consumers, today announced that its Ooma Home smart security solution now includes Google Assistant voice commands for disarming the system’s siren and for checking the system’s status through Google Home devices and the Google Assistant app.
Ooma Home (www.ooma.com/home-security/) is an affordable, do-it-yourself smart home security system that makes it easy for anyone to protect and connect with their living space. The Ooma Telo base station plugs into a home’s router, and Ooma Home sensors communicate wirelessly with the base station at a distance of up to 150 feet. When the sensors detect activity, they can trigger audio announcements through the Ooma Telo base station and notifications through text messages, phone calls and the Ooma Home app for Android and iPhone.
Ooma Home is the only smart home security solution offering Remote 911™, where users can connect through their mobile phone from anywhere in the world to reach the local 911 operators for their home address. This can save precious minutes during emergencies, without the need for expensive professional monitoring.
The new Google Assistant voice commands make it easy to disarm the 105-decibel Ooma Siren with a verbal command and PIN code, such as by saying “Hey Google, ask Ooma to disarm with PIN 1-2-3-4.” Ooma Home will then respond through your Google Home device by saying, “PIN verified. Ceasing alert and switching to off mode.”
Ooma Home also offers automatic arm and disarm (also known as geofencing), where the system turns on or off when anyone carrying a mobile device with the Ooma Home app leaves or enters the home. The Google Assistant command is a backup for users when they don’t have their mobile device at hand, and can be used by children or guests who don’t have a mobile device with the app.
Ooma Home also responds to the command, “Hey Google, ask Ooma to check status.” If there are no alerts, your Google Home device will reply with “Your system is in Home mode and all of your sensors are normal.” If any sensors have alerts, your Google Home device will give a reply such as, “Your system is in Home mode and the following one has an alert – back door. The rest of your sensors are normal.”
Owners of Amazon Echo devices can also use similar voice commands with Alexa to control Ooma Home, a feature added in August.
“Smart speakers are hugely popular, which is why we made the effort to support the two category leaders – Amazon Echo and Google Home,” said Thad White, vice president of home security products at Ooma. “We realize people want security that is simple and affordable, yet also convenient and compatible with other smart devices in their homes.”
The easiest way to begin with Ooma Home is the Ooma Home Security Starter Pack, which comes in two versions. At $179.99 MSRP, the starter pack provides an Ooma Telo base station, two door/window sensors and a motion sensor. At $299.99 MSRP, the pack also includes an Ooma Butterfleye smart home security camera. Self-monitoring through the Ooma Home mobile app is free. The Secure plan, offering advanced features such as Remote 911, geofencing and multiple users for the app, costs $5.99 a month (home security plans) with no burdensome contract. As an option, the Ooma Home system can be upgraded to deliver Ooma’s #1 rated home phone service (www.ooma.com/telo/).
Ooma Home users can expand their system at any time by purchasing individual sensors. Sensors available now are door/window at $24.99, water leak detector at $29.99, garage door at $29.99, motion at $34.99, siren at $39.99, and the Ooma Butterfleye camera, starting at $199.99. Ooma also expects to offer an Ooma Home smoke alarm by the end of this year, priced at $59.99.
Ooma (NYSE: OOMA) creates powerful connected experiences for businesses and consumers, delivered from its smart cloud-based SaaS platform. For businesses of all sizes, Ooma provides advanced voice and collaboration features that are flexible and scalable. For consumers, Ooma’s residential phone service provides PureVoice HD voice quality, advanced functionality and integration with mobile devices. Ooma’s innovative smart security solution delivers a range of wireless security sensors that make it easy for anyone to protect their home or business. Learn more at www.ooma.com.