WATERLOO, Ontario--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cognitive Systems Corp., creators of WiFi Motion, today announced the availability of the next generation of the Aura home monitoring system. Aura allows consumers a view into their home – without cameras. The system is simple to setup and uses advanced WiFi Motion technology to monitor the disruption of wireless signals caused by movement, and alerts homeowners to when and where motion occurs. This groundbreaking technology has been recognized by the CTA as a CES 2018 Innovation Awards Honoree.
“The latest version of Aura provides even more insight into activity happening in the home, while maintaining the privacy of our customers,” said Taj Manku, CEO of Cognitive Systems.
WiFi Motion Technology
Unlike other sensors that use heat or light, Aura uses wireless signals – a more accurate and dependable way of detecting motion. The new Aura expandable Beacon-based system uses a combination of advanced algorithms and machine learning to distinguish between people, pets and mechanical motion (like a fan). With the use of three or more Beacons, mesh motion sensing is unlocked, allowing homeowners to be notified where and when motion occurs in their home. The engineering team at Cognitive is continuously optimizing and advancing WiFi Motion. These advances will be provided as software updates.
Aura integrates with other smart home products to expand the automation and control in the home. Consumers can also create custom recipes with IFTTT to use motion as a trigger to control connected lights, WiFi cameras, and more. Today, Aura works with Amazon Alexa and Google Home to provide users with voice control of their Aura system. The list of smart home integrations will continue to grow with more coming soon.
Aura is managed using the new Aura Home smartphone app available for free from the Apple App Store and on Google Play. With the app, customers can create a simple layout of their home, view live motion, motion intensity, historical motion, see who is home and change between five scenes. In homes with three or more Beacons, users can also view in which room the motion occurred.
Scenes are new to Aura and allow users to customize how they receive notifications on their smartphone about what’s happening in their home.
- Home – use when family members are home
- Away – use when no one is home
- Night – use while sleeping at night to activate specific Aura Beacons
- Pet (beta) – use to help Aura learn your pet motion when no one is home
- Guardian – use to keep an eye on loved ones or to monitor remote properties
Aura provides peace of mind and insights into places where cameras may not be appropriate or wanted.
- Family Insights – know when the kids got home, when they went to bed, or if they try to sneak out at night
- Elderly Care – keep an eye on aging parents, without impacting their privacy – know that they are up and moving and get notified if motion isn’t detected
- Rental property owners – understand when guests arrive and leave, and know if the property is being used for a party
Availability and Pricing
With the launch of the latest version of Aura, the company is continuing its focus on providing consumers with an easy-to-use, intelligent system that allows users to monitor their home from anywhere. The Aura Starter Kit is available for purchase now from aurahome.com and in the coming week on Amazon for $199, with Accessory Beacons available for $99 each. Orders will begin shipping immediately.
About Cognitive Systems
Cognitive Systems Corp., based in Waterloo ON, is changing the way the world views wireless signals. Our patented RF technology offers unique solutions that use and interpret wireless signals in new ways. These advanced technologies allow Cognitive to build WiFi Motion solutions that support a variety of initiatives within the smart home market.
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