Ottawa-Based Smart Home Monitoring Solution Piper Nears its Fundraising Goal

Piper, a smart home security provider, is nearing its fundraising goal of $100,000 to take their innovative home monitoring system into full production.

The Ottawa-based started has already raised over $70,000 via the crowd funding website, offering early adopters the opportunity to get their hands on the technology in exchange for donations.

The small, sleek, elegantly designed device includes an ARM processor running on Linux, a wide-angle HD camera, motion detector, speaker, microphone, temperature and humidity sensors, ambient light sensor, siren, Wi-Fi, and a Z-Wave controller. These technologies provide users with a range of home monitoring solutions, all accessible through the Piper application, currently available on iOS and Android mobile platforms.

Users can select between a home, away, and vacation security modes, each of which are customizable. For example, Piper can be set to automatically record video and notify the user if motion is detected in the home while on vacation mode, or tell them if a smoke or fire alarm goes off while they’re away.

With the Z-Wave hub users can also include up to 232 add-on devices, such as sensors that can monitor doors and windows, or switches that give the user the ability to control devices such as lights, heaters, or air conditioners remotely.

The 180-degree fisheye camera provides a wide field of view that can pan, tilt, or zoom, displayed in real time on a mobile device. The built in speaker and microphone also allow for two-way audio, allowing users to ward off intruders or speak with family members remotely.

Early adopters and supports have 26 days left to help Piper reach its fundraising goal, and have the opportunity to receive a number of perk packages in return for donations of at least $209. Upon reaching their goal Piper will begin full production and manufacturing in Toronto.

Jared Lindzon

Jared Lindzon

Jared Lindzon is a freelance journalist, public speaker and BetaKit contributor who has been reporting on technology, entrepreneurship, and the Future of Work for over a decade. Through that period his work has been featured in many of the world's top news publications, and often focuses on how global, national, local, and organizational policy decisions influence individuals. As a public speaker Lindzon is regularly called upon to share those insights in keynote presentations and appear on panels alongside some of the world’s leading business, political, and cultural figures. Born, raised, and based in Toronto, Lindzon earned a Master of Arts in Journalism degree from the University of Western Ontario, where he also received an Honours BA in Media Studies.

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