OnePrevent: A System That Predicts Home DisastersBy - 05/17/2017
You know what they say, “Prevention is better than cure”. However, in their current state, home alarm systems can’t prevent disasters. Instead they warn us during emergencies. One startup aims to change the status quo with a predictive system. At ISC West 2017, OneEvent Technologies introduced the OnePrevent system, a system that can predict disasters and warn homeowners before they occur. But how? The answer lies in real-time data gathering and a patent-pending cloud-based analytical engine.
Part 1: Gathering Data
Data gathering is performed by five OnePrevent wireless sensors.
The first sensor is the OneEvent Multi-Sensor Smoke/Temperature Alarm. It works like a traditional photoelectric smoke alarm, but it also comes equipped with a temperature reader.
The second sensor is the OneEvent Door/Window Sensor. It’s similar to traditional door/window sensors, but instead of only sending alerts when the door or window is opened, it is constantly sending status reports to the cloud.
The third sensor is the OneEvent Multi-Sensor Presence Detector. Aside from detecting presence and motion, this sensor measures humidity, temperature, and light.
Fourth, we have the Temperature and Humidity Sensor This sensor is designed to prevent water damage, flooding, and mold by warning you before the problems gets out of hand.
And finally, there’s the OneEvent Water Sensor, a key component in monitoring for floods.
The data gathered from these sensors is wirelessly transmitted to another in-home device, the OnePrevent Gateway. The gateway device can gather data from over 100 devices within a 10,000 square foot area, more than enough to cover most homes and even commercial buildings.
The gateway’s job is to send the gathered data to the cloud. It does so via a secure cellular connection. Using a cellular signal ensures constant transmission, unlike other systems that can be affected by internet or landline disruptions.
Part 2: Analyzing Data
Once the data has reached the cloud, it’s examined by a patent-pending analytical engine created by OneEvent. The engine analyzes multiple data points in order to establish what constitutes as normal within your home’s environment. It takes a look at your home’s normal temperature, moisture level, light condition, occupancy, as well as other factors. It then learns. Of course, it knows that no home is 100% consistent. Your home’s environment can be affected by things like seasonal and weather changes. Once it knows what’s “normal”, it’ll be easier for it to detect anomalies that could possibly point to a pending home disaster.
After examining the data, the cloud engine communicates its findings to you via the OnePrevent smartphone app, available to both iOS and Android users. If the app shows a green check beside the latest report, everything is okay. However, if it finds anomalies, an alert will appear stating which sensor detected the change, what type of data changed, and what it recommends you to do. The app may tell you to investigate first or if the situation calls for it, it may recommend that you call the authorities.
Interestingly, you can help the cloud further its learning progress. After it alerts you of changes in, let’s say, the temperature, you can provide feedback and tell the cloud what’s really going on. If it’s burnt toast, for example, the cloud will remember all data changes that led to the event. In the future, if the same set of data changes again, OnePrevent will remember. More importantly, providing feedback can help improve OnePrevent’s ability to predict disaster as it remembers the data signature of previously detected disasters.
According to OneEvent, the steps of gathering and analyzing data occur quickly. In a press release, they claim that the predictive ability of OnePrevent was able to beat a smoke alarm by 20 minutes.
In UL research testing, the OnePrevent system was able to anticipate a fire up to 20 minutes before the smoke alarms went off.
Who Should Use OnePrevent?
As OnePrevent can cover a large area, it’s available to both homeowners and business owners. You can use as few or as many sensors as you like. However, take note that OneEvent doesn’t encourage replacing your existing home alarm system with their system. Instead, they want you to use OnePrevent as an added layer of protection.
OnePrevent is currently only available from their own network of dealers. Because of this, we expect the cost of OnePrevent to vary. However, we do know that they system requires a monthly subscription in order to function, which costs no less than $25 per month. If you’re interested, you can contact OneEvent to find a dealer near you.