Nest is getting into the home security game with Nest Secure. The company that helped revolutionize home heating and cooling control says its smart sensor-based system will be significantly easier to use than existing home security systems, and it’s offering professional monitoring as an optional service via a third party.

Nest Guard

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The Nest Guard base station for the Nest Secure home security system.

The Nest Guard base station is at the heart of the new system. Intended to be placed near a home’s main entrance, the 3.7-inch-diameter, 2.1-inch-high unit (9.5cm, 5.3cm respectively) is about the size of a small bowl, and it features a speaker, and a keypad. The speaker acts as a siren if there’s a security breach. It can also tell you when a window or door is opened.

The system can be disarmed three ways: via a code typed into the keypad, with a tap-and-go NFC (near-field communication) dongle dubbed Nest Tag, or from the companion Nest smartphone app. The Nest Guard has a built-in motion sensor, too, which will attempt to figure out when you leave and send a reminder if you forget to arm the alarm.

The unit has a USB power cord and a back-up battery. It works over your home Wi-Fi network, but there’s an option for cellular backup at an extra cost.

Nest Tag

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A Nest Tag on the Nest Guard.

These NFC tags make the system easy to use for everyone. Just touch the tag to the keypad on the Nest Guard and the alarm is disarmed.

Because each tag has a unique identification number, they allow for an extra level of control: Tags can be enabled and disabled via the app, in case a tag is lost, and tags can be restricted to use at certain times. Nest said this could be used for, say, allowing a dog walker access to your home, but only between 2pm and 4pm on Wednesdays.

All of this is customized via the app.

Nest Detect

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The Nest Detect sensor pair on a window.

Nest Detect is the company’s take on the conventional door/window sensor, but it’s a good deal more intelligent than most. Like typical sensors, they come as a pair and rely on a magnetic field to detect when a door or window is open, but Nest says it’s built a magnetometer into the unit that can also detect the speed at which it’s opened.

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