Wireless Home Sensor Systems

Looking for a solution to remotely track your home's temperature, security status, or monitor for possible water damage?  


Below we take a look at some of the currently available general use and DIY/open source devices on the market as well as a few sensor solutions focused first on monitoring energy usesecurity, and air quality.

General Use

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ConnectSense


"ConnectSense is the perfect solution for automating your home or business, allowing you to monitor everything from your living room to your server room.

Simple yet powerful - ConnectSense enables you to monitor your environment in whatever way you see fit. With our powerful rules and notifications, you can be sure that any location – from your data center to greenhouse to home office – will be safe and protected."

Sensors: Motion, Light, Dry Contact, Temperature/Humidity, Moisture

Price: $149.99 for each sensor

Connectivity: Wi-Fi (No additional hub needed)
Battery Life:
Up to 3 years

Apps:
HTML5

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Lowes Iris


Description:
"Meet Iris, Your Home's New Best Friend
Customize and monitor your home's functions from your computer,
tablet or smartphone. Adjust the lights, control the climate,
arm the security system, and even lock and unlock doors."

Sensors:
Contact, Motion, Door/Window, Water/Moisture, Smart Plug, Door Lock, Thermostat

Price: $99 hub and $20-$200 accessories
- Basic service is included

Connectivity: Ethernet hub and Z-Wave, Wi-Fi, ZigBee sensors

Apps:
Apple, Android

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Ninja Blocks


Description:
"Rule the connected devices in your life
Build a web connected security solution
Run apps for the internet of things
Monitor and control your things anywhere"

Sensors:
Temperature and Humidity, Motion, Door Bell, Window and Door

Price: $199
- 1x Wireless motion sensor, 1x Wireless door/window contact sensor, 1x Wireless button, 1x Wireless temperature and humidity sensor, 1x temperature probe

Connectivity: Ethernet hub and RF 433.92 Mhz
Battery Life: Sensors up to 1+ year

Apps:
Browser/HTML5

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Owl Platform

Description:
"Owl Platform is a combination of low-power sensors that run for years on a coin cell battery and open-source software for collecting, managing, and analyzing data sensor data."

Sensors:
Magnetic door sensors, water/flood, ambient light,  temperature

Price: $150
- base station, 1 water sensor, 1 open/close sensor, and a 6-month subscription to Owl Platform Online

Connectivity: Ethernet hub and RF 433.92 Mhz
Battery Life: Sensors up to 10+ years 

Apps:
Browser/HTML5

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Sensorist


Description:
"We build neat wireless sensor systems to explore your environment online - around the clock.

With our custom-designed gateways, sensors and probes you can measure temperature and humidity in a wide range of environments.

Your measurements are stored online and can be accessed from anywhere using our website or phone app."

Sensors:
Temperature, humidity & specialized wine bottle and soil probes.

Price: $145 for Basic Pack

Connectivity: Ethernet hub and RF sensors
Battery Life: Sensors for 1+ year

Apps:
Browser/HTML5

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smartthings

SmartThings


Description:
"Reimagine Real - Unlock a new world of possibilities by using your smartphone to communicate with everyday objects in your life."

Sensors:
Motion, Moisture, Presence, Multi (Vibration, Orientation, Temperature)

Price: $99 hub + $49-$99 Sensors

Connectivity: Ethernet hub + Zigbee and Z-Wave sensors
Battery Life: 6 month

Apps:
AppleAndroid

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twine

Twine


Description:
"Twine alerts you to small problems before they become big problems. Quick Wi-Fi setup and AAA batteries that last up to 3 months let you drop Twine anywhere you want to monitor temperature, vibration and orientation. Additional sensors detect floods, leaks, opened doors, and signals from your other home systems."

Sensors:
Internal: temperature, vibration, orientation
External: moisture, Magnetic

Price: $214.95

Connectivity: WiFi (No hub needed)
Battery Life: 2-3 months

Apps:
Browser/HTML5

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wally

Wally


Description:
"WallyHome detects environmental hazards by monitoring moisture, temperature and humidity changes. Simply place sensors with your appliances or in hazard-prone spaces and Wally will alert you of impending disasters or damages as soon as they occur."

Sensors: Each unit has moisture, temp and humidity

Price: $299.99 (preorder)
- 6 sensors
- Basic service fee is included

Connectivity: Ethernet hub and low power radio
Battery Life: 10 years

Apps:
Apple (Coming Soon)
Android (Coming Soon)

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wig-wag

WigWag


Description:
"Scan it. Control it. Rule it. Share it.
Make your environment listen, react & talk to you: Deploy sensors in your home - then make simple rules which make stuff automatic!"

Sensors: Proximity, Door/Window, Light, Motion, Sound, Temperature, Humidity, Infrared (IR), Soil Moisture

Price: $149.00 (preorder)

Connectivity: Ethernet hub and low power RF (Bluetooth, Zigbee and Z-Wave dongles available) 
Battery Life: Up to a year

Apps:
Apple

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wimoto

Wimoto


Description:
"Motes are tiny, rugged, wireless sensors. They talk directly to your Bluetooth SMART enabled devices.They run for up to a year on a single battery, are weatherproof, and can be stuck just about anywhere you need access to temperature, humidity, light level, or plant growing information."

Sensors: Temperature, Humidity, Light, Plant Sensor

Price: $49.00 (preorder)

Connectivity: Bluetooth (Uses smartphone or tablet as hub)
Battery Life: 1-3 years

Apps:
Apple

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Wireless Sensor Tags


Description:
"Wireless Sensor Tags allow monitoring from anywhere with Internet access open/closed status of every gate/door (everything from garage door to fridge door) in your home or office. Attach them to easy to lose items and locate them through beeping sound by clicking the "beep" button on www.mytaglist.com or from iOS/Android apps."

Sensors: Temperature, Water/Moisture, Infra-red presence, Contact

Price: $69.00 Hub + $19 tags

Connectivity: Ethernet hub and unknown RF
Battery Life: 2 to 85 months

Apps:
AppleAndroid 

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Energy Focused

neurio

Neurio


Description
"Neurio is a home intelligence™ technology that makes your ordinary appliances smart and your home more efficient. Using a Wi-Fi power sensor and a cloud service with some smart pattern detection algorithms, Neurio monitors your home’s electricity to figure out what your appliances are up to - without the need to install sensors on every device."

SensorsThe sensor uses Current Transformers (CT’s) to measure the flow of electricity into your home,

Price: $149 CAD

Connectivity: WiFI


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Security Focused

canary

Canary


Description
"All in one device.
Canary’s HD video camera and safety sensors track everything from motion, temperature and air quality to vibration, sound, and activity to help keep you, your family and your home safe."

Sensors: HD Camera, Microphone, Accelerometer, Motion (Passive Infrared), Temperature, Humidity, Air Quality Sensor

Price
$199 (pre-order)

Connectivity: Ethernet basestation + WiFi


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piper

Piper

 
Description:
"Piper keeps your place secure, gives you a panoramic view of your home and makes it smarter. It's the first home security and automation device that combines panoramic video, Z-Wave home automation, and environmental sensors into a single elegant product that you interact with on your smartphone or tablet." 

Sensors: Camera, Motion, Contact door/window, Temperature, Humidity, Light, Sound

Price: $239.00

Connectivity: WiFi and Z-Wave

Apps:
Apple, Android

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Air Quality Focused

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Cube Sensors


Description
"Make your home healthier,your office more productive
Uncover the simple solutions. With just a small, stylish, cordless and connected Cube in each room."

Sensors: Air Quality (VOC levels), Temperature, Humidity, Noise, Light, Barometer, Motion

Price
: $299 (pre-order)
- 2 cubes and a basestation

Connectivity: Ethernet basestation + Zigbee sensors


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netatmo

Netatmo

 
Description:
"Attune your senses, and get new ones.
Weather and Air Quality monitoring, indoor and outdoor .Measure CO2 concentration and monitor confinement.Get local Air Quality Index report, real-time." 

Sensors: Temperature, Humidity, Barometer, CO2, Sound 

Price: $179.00

Connectivity: WiFi and 915 MHz or 868 MHz modules
Battery Life: Up to a year

Apps:
Apple, Android

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DIY & Open Source Solutions

ciseco

Ciseco Sensors


Description
"A development base kit for many different types of sensors. The kit when utilised with an XRF radio module and appropriate firmware (cost free) turns the two into an immediate wireless sensor. When used with our USB dongle, PC connected XRF or our OpenKontrol Gateway you can publish data to and from other networks including the Internet."

Sensors: Temperature, Water/Moisture, Light, Dry Contact, Magnet detect

Price£41.65 gateway + £18.20 sensors

Connectivity: Ethernet  + 868 to 915 MHz RF


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libelium

Libelium Waspmote


Description:
"Waspmote is an open source wireless sensor platform specially focused on the implementation of low consumption modes to allow the sensor nodes ( "motes" ) to be completely autonomous and battery powered, offering a variable lifetime between 1 and 5 years depending on the duty cycle and the radio used. 

Sensors: 60 different sensors and 12 sensor boards 

Price€199.00 Starter Kit & sensors from €5.00 to €500.00

Connectivity: ZigBee/802.15.4 modules (2.4GHz, 868MHz, 900MHz). Low and high power.GSM - 3G/GPRS Module (Quadband: 850MHz/900MHz/1800MHz/1900MHz)

Battery Life: 1-5 years

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Raspberry Pi Wireless Sensors

 

  • Raspberry Pi Wireless Connectivity
  • RasWIK - Raspberry Pi Wireless Inventors Kit - £49.99
    "The Wireless Inventors Kit for the Raspberry Pi (RasWIK) is an exciting and affordable addition to the Raspberry Pi.  RasWIK demonstrates that with our leading edge technology anyone (and we mean anyone) can build wireless sensors and actuators"
  • Pi Crust - $49
    "The Pi Crust combines the power of the Raspberry Pi and the simplicity of the Arduino. Combined with our 433MHz transceiver, you can hook up sensors and interact with the world via the internet without the pain!'

 

 
 

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