SimpliSafe home security launches in the UK

first_img Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house CNET Smart Home Post a comment Share your voice 2:29 On the Amazon front, the company teamed with Travelers Insurance last year to offer Echo Dot-centric home security packages in the US. I asked if Amazon had any plans to introduce something similar in the UK, but a spokesperson told me that they couldn’t comment on the roadmap.As for Amazon-owned Ring, the company already sells video doorbells and cameras in the UK, but its professionally monitored Ring Alarm security system is still a US-only offering. That stands to change, though, with a Ring spokesperson telling me that Ring Alarm “will be available for the UK later this year.”Meanwhile, the team at Abode, makers of one of our top-rated SimpliSafe alternatives, tells CNET that it, too, is working to bring professionally monitored DIY security kits to the UK and to other markets outside of the US by the end of 2019.  Whether or not that adds up to enough of a head start to give SimpliSafe the lead it’s looking for remains to be seen, but it’s shaping up to be the same fascinating fight for customers that we’ve seen in the US. Per a recent SimpliSafe survey, just 13 percent of UK households already have a professionally monitored security system — which leaves about 23.7 million households up for grabs.Originally published April 2 at 4 a.m. PT.Update, 6:55 a.m. PT: Now includes updated comment from Ring on UK availability of the Ring Alarm security system.   Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Nest Google Assistant Alexa Amazon Google SimpliSafe’s DIY home security system looks better than… reading • SimpliSafe home security launches in the UK SimpliSafe Home Security SimpliSafe’s install-it-yourself home security system is one of our top picks here on CNET, and today, the brand is launching in the UK — its first expansion outside of the US. SimpliSafe suggested that the move was in the works this past June, when the company secured a majority investment from the private equity firm Hellman & Friedman valued at $1 billion.A 10-year-old startup based out of Boston, SimpliSafe offers a variety of customizable home security kits. Each uses wireless sensors that you stick up around your home to monitor for things like motion, door openings or the sound of glass breaking, along with optional accessories like smart locks, video doorbells and cloud-connected cameras. Once everything’s in place, you’ll arm and disarm the system using a keypad, a keychain fob, app controls or by using voice commands via Alexa or Google Assistant. Now, with kits ranging from £279 to £504 currently up for sale on SimpliSafe’s UK website, that pitch has made it across the pond. The system requires no contracts and offers 24/7 professional monitoring starting at £13 per month. Make that £20 per month if you want to add in the full suite of features, including app and voice controls, text alerts, cloud storage of your camera footage and video verification of alarms. • CNET Smart Home Smart Home Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Tags Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now See All Review • Editors’ Choice: SimpliSafe’s new system is better than ever 0 SimpliSafe sees opportunity with the move, citing rising burglary rates in the region and calling itself the first company to sell “wireless, self-install technology with the complete protection of professional monitoring” in the UK.That’s not to say that SimpliSafe won’t face competition. Professionally installed home security providers such as ADT and Verisure already have millions of customers in the UK. Meanwhile, a number of DIY systems from names like Yale, SmartThings and Hive are available, too — though none of those that I’ve seen offer an option for professional monitoring.Still, the field won’t be quite as crowded as it is in the States — for now, anyway. One key competitor that’s missing in the UK: The Google-owned Nest Secure DIY system. Nest didn’t have anything to share when I asked about the possibility of expanding to the UK — that echoes what the company told its users in January when it wrote, “We do not have anything to announce regarding plans to bring the Nest Secure anywhere outside of the US.” You’re using your security system wrong: Tricks for a safer smart home (pictures) 17 Photos Now playing: Watch this:last_img

2 transgender women gangraped at knifepoint in Bengaluru accused arrested

first_imgGetty ImagesThree men have been arrested for allegedly gang-raping two transgender women at knifepoint in Bengaluru. The incident happened in Koramangala on May 12.The women, who hail from Assam, were scared to approach the police and feared how they will be treated. The News Minute states that with support from their friends and All Manipur Nupi Manbi Association (AMaNA).The incident happened on May 12 when the two victims were at a house in Koramangala. The bell rang and thinking that it was the food they ordered, one of them opened the door to find three men brandishing knives. They forcefully entered the apartment and sexually assaulted the two women for the next two hours. The men held the knives at the back of the victims’ neck to keep them in place, reports TNM.”The three men put their knives on our necks and asked us to remove our dress. When we begged them to leave us alone, they threatened to harm us. We were afraid and we did not do what to do. We had no option,” one of the victims told TNM.”I had seen one of these attackers in the neighbourhood before,” she added saying that they left the apartment immediately to their friend’s place. However, the men, who somehow got hold of their phone number threatened them with dire consequences if they did not come back.The three men were living in the same neighbourhood. One is a driver, the second man is a cook and the third assailant works as a supporting actor in the Kannada film industry.”This is a racial attack targetted towards gender and sexual minority people. This also shows the layers of inhuman treatment that people from the trans community from the North East region who live in big cities across the country face,” Santa Khurai, the president of the All Manipur Nupi Manbi Association was quoted as saying by TNM.last_img