Korner—Entry Sensor That Is Simple, Unique, AffordableBy - 10/06/2015
Professionally monitored home alarm systems are still the best way to protect your home, but we understand that some want to take security into their own hands and thus prefer a mixed approach. I’ve already covered which self-monitored security camera is best to add to your monitored alarm system. This time, we’ll look at another major component of home security—an entry sensor.
Korner is a basic security system built around a unique entry sensor. The system is made up of the sensors, the Stick, and an app. Now let’s take a closer look at each of the components.
The Tag—Korner’s Entry Sensor
The Tag is Korner’s center-piece, or corner-piece for that matter. It is unique compared to traditional two-piece entry sensors as it is the first sensor that is literally one piece. Why did they choose such a design? It’s easier to install. I can’t even call it an ‘installation’ because all you need to do is stick it on your door’s top corner far from the hinge using the reusable adhesive at the back of the Tag. Korner’s Tag is flexible too. Of course it works on normal doors but it can alo be used on recessed doors which usually require specialized sensors.
Korner used a patent-pending power management technique in the Tags. This supports a 2-year battery life using a CR2450 replaceable battery. Another patent-pending feature is the use of a combination of sensors to determine forced entries. The device knows the difference between a normal vibration caused by knocking or strong winds from a vibration caused by intrusion = fewer false alarms for you.
This smarter sensor’s unique triangular design with contoured shape blends nicely with the surrounding frame. The Tag comes in white but the surface is made of plastic that can be repainted. The straight edges of the device measure 2 3/8” long and it is 5/16” thick.
The Stick works as the hub for your Tags. It looks like a bulky flashdrive that plugs into your router’s Ethernet port. You can hook up to 25 Tags to one Stick. They communicate using Z-Wave protocol. This makes it possible for Korner to talk with other home automation products in the future. The Stick has a maximum operating range of 100 feet, but you can buy a range-extender to accommodate larger homes.
Aside from being a hub, the Stick has another important function. When intrusions are detected, it emits a piercing tone to alert you that there’s trouble and to potentially scare off intruders.
The Korner App
The Korner app serves as your control center where all your settings are saved. It will be available to Android and iOS users. You can also access some of its features by logging into Korner’s website.
So what happens when intrusion is detected? First you get a push notification delivered to you through the app. Next, you take the driver’s seat. The app has 2 buttons to choose from — “Call the police” or “Notify circle”. You can pre-determine your so-called ‘security circle’ during setup. One of Korner’s goals is to create a social platform where people in your neighborhood can engage with each other and establish a Neighborhood Watch. In theory you watch out for your neighbors and they watch out for you and your home’s security. Korner’s CEO Steve Hollis states that Korner sees the app eventually evolving to an online messaging service centered on that goal.
The Korner app also allows you to arm and disarm your sensors from anywhere, set schedules to automate arming and disarming, and set low battery notifications.
Should You Buy Korner?
From a price perspective, I give Korner two-thumbs up. When purchasing Korner, your first step is to pick a package. For those residing in upper floor apartments, they offer a Tag and a Stick for only $39. For medium sizes houses, 3 Tags and a Stick costs $59. You can add extra Tags for $25 each (still less expensive than most entry sensors) and range-extenders for $39.
In addition to the cost of the hardware, you will need a yearly subscription. The cost is $39 which covers the cost to link you to Korner’s servers so that you can receive notifications.
Korner is an innovative, first-of-its-kind, affordable, and simple entry sensor system. It has a promising future and it is worth keeping an eye on. You can order yours today direct from Korner’s website.