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Thieves beware: the lights are listening

BeOn Home is a lighting system that includes three intelligent LED bulbs that are supposed to help out both when you’re home and when you’re not.

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It’s the Nest of light bulbs. This system learns when you turn the lights on and uses those patterns to help ward off thieves.



BeOn Home is a lighting system that includes three intelligent LED bulbs that are supposed to help out both when you’re home and when you’re not. The smart module in each of the light bulbs has a microphone to hear sounds like a doorbell or fire alarm and react to them.

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The system doesn’t need a base station, electricity or wifi. If the power goes out, the battery in the bulbs can provide emergency lighting. The smart module uses bluetooth low energy so the light bulbs can communicate with each other even if the light switch is off.

Alexei Erchak
CEO, BeOn Home
The issue about wifi is the reliability even if your power goes out, burglars actually double during a power outage, so if your power goes down we wanted your system to keep working. The other reason is as you put more things onto your wifi and more bandwidth is being taken up, you can run into some reliability problems and communication problems. We really wanted this to be robust.

With a PhD from MIT, Erchak started out in a company that made LEDs for televisions.

The lights work like regular bulbs and can be turned on and off with a switch or with a smartphone app. In protect mode, the app mimics your every day use of the system; turning on and off lights like you’re at home.

Erchak said the lights don’t replace a security system, rather work in tandem with it. The company is working on adding interoperability with security systems using Z Wave technology

It will also plans to add a speaker to play sounds and a cellular module to allow for remote activation and monitoring of the system.

During preorder the 3 bulb system costs 199 until it starts shipping in August when it will cost 239 dollars.

In Cambridge, Nick Barber, IDG News Service.