Smartest Smart Home Option Honeywell Smart Home Security System Starter kit cost: $500 Total hardware cost: $1,100 The new Honeywell DIY system is the second most expensive option behind Nest Secure, but it offers far more value. The system’s base station doubles as a security camera, with facial recognition and two way audio, and a smart speaker with built in Amazon Alexa. Honeywell told us that it’s also working to add Google Assistant, giving you two virtual assistants to choose from, as well as integration with Apple HomeKit devices. Like Ring Alarm, Honeywell’s system also includes Z Wave to connect third party Z Wave smart home products. With this roster of integrations, the Honeywell Smart Home Security System could connect to dozens of smart home devices. And it will run on the same app Honeywell built for its Lyric thermostats and security cameras. In an odd move for a Fortune 100 company, Honeywell launched the system on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, where interested consumers can pledge funds for a preorder for a January delivery. “Indiegogo is made up of passionate early adopters and tech enthusiasts, exactly the type of people we’d like to get early feedback from,” says Ted Booth, Honeywell’s experience design director. “We’ll use that feedback to drive future enhancements to the product. ” The Honeywell Smart Home Security System will be available in early August. Editor’s Note: This article has been updated with revised costs for Nest and the addition of the Ring Alarm. Make sure you have a radon test kit on hand in an emergency.
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