Ooma To Add DIY Home Security Monitoring To Free VoIP service

Ooma, which is a huge name in voice over internet protocol (VoIP) phone service, is extending its market through the DIY home security. The owners of Ooma Telo are going to have the ability in the future to integrate motion, window or door, or flood sensors in homes, and to add different services which offer home security monitoring.

An economical home security service

According to Thad White, the product manager of Ooma, the Ooma Telo is a Linux computer which attaches to a network, and it is also a device that is upgradable with new services and features. Additionally, he said that people intend to have homes secured, intrusions prevented and more, and they were told by customers that monitored systems by ADT and others are very expensive. So, they looked at their platform and knew that they had a capability to create a cost-friendly home monitoring service which offers that similar level of security.

The telephone service of Ooma is free for calls that are made in the United States (after the hardware is bought, it costs $100 for the Telo base station). However, there are taxes billed, as well as the 911 access fee imposed by the government every month. Aside from this, a handset is needed to make and receive calls, although a corded or a cordless handset is fine.

The wireless sensors of Ooma are priced reasonably, with its service offering a better value. The Ooma Premier subscribers who are already paying the monthly $10 is going to get the home monitoring with no extra costs. On its own, the service is going to cost $6 monthly. The window or door sensors are going to cost $25 each, the motions sensors at a price of $35, and each water leak detector is at a price of $30. These sensors work with the Telo base station through ULE, a wireless protocol.

Arming and disarming the security device

Like other diy home security devices, the system can be armed as “stay,” for the times when a homeowner is home, or do not expect windows or doors to open. With this mode, motion sensors are just ignored. In an “away” mode, every one of the sensors are already activated. When a sensor gets triggered, Ooma is going to send an SMS message, a push notification, and/or an alert through email. Aside from this, the service is going to contact the homeowner, too.