Patented RF technology monitors wireless signals in the home for 'camera-less' security

Jan. 3, 2017
At the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Cognitive Systems Corp., an RF technology specialist, announced the launch of Aura, an intelligent home security system that uses the company's patented spectrum analytics technology to detect and monitor motion.

At the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Cognitive Systems Corp. (Ontario, Canada), an RF technology specialist, announced the launch of Aura, an intelligent home security system that uses the company's patented spectrum analytics technology to detect and monitor motion. The patented technology is used to monitor the disruption of wireless signals caused by movement in the home, without the use of cameras.

The simple, two-piece Aura system provides full coverage for the average home, even in rooms where people are typically unwilling to place cameras. Household members are notified on their smartphones of unauthorized motion that occurs anywhere in the residence. The Aura system can also recognize the presence of known household members, show motion patterns in the home, provide a timeline of activity, deliver tailored notifications to homeowners’ smartphones, and interact with other smart home systems.

“When we realized that our technology could understand motion by seeing how the patterns in wireless signals change in a home, we knew that we had something special,” said Taj Manku, co-founder of Cognitive Systems. “By using radio frequencies to detect motion, we provide a more dependable solution to consumers by eliminating most of the false detections that occur with traditional sensors. We thought about how people want to interact with their security system and provide convenient features like auto-arm and disarm. We’re excited to be launching Aura at CES, and looking forward to shipping by the end of February 2017.”

Aura is powered by a custom chipset from Cognitive Systems that monitors and analyzes wireless signal patterns that occur when movement takes place within a home, and alerts the user if unauthorized motion is detected. The company says its Aura system is more accurate than other motion detectors, since the system is not dependent on light and it understands the difference between human and non-human movement (e.g. a fan, shadows, drapes blowing, etc.). Aura will be launching with IFTTT integration so that it can connect with other smart home systems as desired.

The Aura system is set-up and managed via a free app available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. The app allows homeowners to see three different views of motion for Live, 12 Hour and Weekly. Consumers can also use the app to see who is currently at home, a timeline of household activity, arm or disarm the system and more. Visit aurahome.com for a full list of features.

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