With an influx of home security and monitoring systems on the market, finding the best option for your needs isn’t always easy. While systems like Abode offer a wide array of features, that may be too complex for the level of monitoring desired. That’s where Notion comes in by offering a more simplistic and streamlined way to remotely monitor your home.
Rather than rely on several different sensors to provide your home with information as other systems do, Notion only incorporates a single type of multi-use device into its solution. So instead of having to decide where to place the temperature sensor, or which doors deserve open/close detection, Notion’s devices can handle it all.
Each of Notion’s included peripheral devices pack an array of sensors to accomplish more than the typical smart home sensor. They can detect movement, loud noises, water leaks, light and survey the areas temperature as well. Thanks to internal batteries within the sensors, there’s no need to run power cables around your home and are said to keep devices powered for up to 2 years at a time.
Adding to the overall simplicity, Notion is said to be incredibly easy to setup with the sensors coming pre-paired to the hub. The company even goes as far to say that you can get the sensors placed and the entire system up and running in under 15 minutes. Based around an iOS and Android application, you can of course monitor the state of your home’s condition, receive alerts when things might be amiss, manage the system and more.
Notion’s bet seems to be that while some will enjoy the extensive features boasted by SmartThings and other systems, most would rather outfit their homes with an easy to use and intuitive solution. After getting my hands on Abode’s starter kit, there are definitely features that those looking for a more lightweight system wouldn’t use or may find excessive and confusing. Notion’s more streamlined approach seems to address this influx of features in a way compelling for many home-owners.
The system’s sensors are tied to a Wi-Fi connected bridge that allows for communication between them and the companion apps. In terms of the hub’s design there’s really no surprises. Those familiar with other connected home devices and systems should know that plastic white casings are a favorite throughout the industry. On the functionality side, Notion sports integrations with Nest Thermostats for adjusting heating and cooling settings based on your home’s temperature.
The latest addition in home monitoring and protection retails at a $219 starting price, with a second tier packing more sensors for $299. Expansion kits are available as well to extend the number of sensors in your home. Notion’s emphasis on simplicity is a unique one, but it’ll be up to home-owners and customers to see if the lack of functionality is worth it.