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Although the unit has nightvision capability, it can also be connected with
smart sensors and Z wave lighting units, to expand its range both inside and outside of your property. It's also compatible with a number of other smarthome devices, which can be configured so that even when you are away, indoor and outdoor lighting can be programmed to simulate someone at home. When an event is triggered, an alert can be sent via text to your phone or other device, along with a video and/or audio clip of it. This allows you to decide whether the event is worth further action. However, the base unit is intended to work as more than a security
device, and is also powered by Amazon's Alexa assistant. This allows you to connected with your Amazon account to play music, radio stations, or audiobooks you may have associated with it. Additionally, there's a membership plan available which allows you to expand on the basic 24 hours online storage to a 30 or 60 day storage plan, along with the ability to store more video as well as get further discounts at Honeywell. You can sign up to Honeywell Smarthome Security here Other home security systems to considerBrinks works with a wider variety of smart home devices than most other companies, plus it offers both DIY and professional installation options as required. You can buy into Brinks Home Complete, or purchase the Nest Security System see above at a discount through Brinks. The service is really focused on providing the monitoring for you, which comes in relatively cheap in industry terms at $29 per month, after hardware costs. The one caveat is to expect to sign a three year contract, with early exit penalties coming into play 30 days after purchase.