New Wireless DIY Smart Home Alarm Features SMS Text, Apps and RFID

Response Electronics have announced a new range of smart home burglar alarms that will start shipping soon. The miGuard G5 is around £180 and brings a host of intelligent features including a built-in GSM SIM to enable remote operation (including Arm / Disarm and personalised text messages when the kids come home), touch sensitive keypads, wireless remote control, RFID tags, electronic lock support plus free iPhone and Android smartphone apps…

In today’s smartphone-driven world, surprisingly there are no DIY remote monitored home security systems in the UK using mobile apps…until now. ThemiGuard range, from Response Electronics Limited is a new brand of alarm systems and home automation products, unveiled at the world’s largest security industry show – IFSEC.

Homeowners can now secure, monitor and control their homes from a smartphone app – giving increased peace of mind, without the need for an expensive monthly contract.

This means parents are notified immediately when their children let themselves in (using the RFID tags included), if there’s a power failure, or an intrusion. If there is an intrusion, miGuard tracks homeowners down via phone and/or SMS, and lets them listen in so they know what is happening – and to verify if there is an intrusion, or false alarm, before deciding whether to call the police. As the Control Panel has a built in in mobile phone, users can also have a hands free two way conversation and even leave a voice memo.

Bob Rose, MD at Response Electronics says:

“People always have their mobile phones with them 24/7 and there are apps for most things these days. Home security seems to have been left behind as technology has moved on. So miGuard brings homeowners right up to date, using smartphone apps and RFID tags. Using a new self-monitored alarm system means their properties have never been more secure.”

miGuard is changing the way people buy security – with easy smartphone access and a cool design, homeowners choose these systems as a lifestyle decision, rather than a grudge purchase. It will become part of their everyday tech routine – check Facebook, read some emails, check the house is secure, play Angry Birds.

miGuard Smart Home Alarm

With modern living in mind and designed to meet the most challenging of security needs, the products not only look cool and sleek, but enable a whole new approach to DIY home security and remote monitoring/control – simply by using smartphones The miGuard range is packed with the latest technology including RFID tags for family members and keyholders, remote interface via iPhone/Android app, and GSM/SMS alerts. It is a modular system, so add-ons can be made now or in the future, Accessories include:  wireless sirens, flood detectors, smoke detectors, PIR (motion) detectors, PIR Camera, window contacts and IR beams.

The miGuard G5 GSM Wireless Communicating alarm, the flagship of this highly innovative range, is the first product to bring sophisticated GSM wirelessly controlled security within the budget and scope of the self-install, consumer market. Users have the option of controlling their system from the touch sensitive keypad, wireless remote control, RFID tags, smartphone app, SMS text message or PSTN call, all as standard features. RRP is £179.95.

The G5 is ideal for busy families – owners can track who is home, remotely enable/disable devices and, of course, be alerted to any intrusions or movement within the property.

The free, intuitive smartphone app, available from the Apple Store and Google Play, allows the user to ‘Full Arm’, ‘Part Arm’ or ‘Disarm’ the system, as well as leave voice messages or monitor (listen in), therefore reducing the need for monthly monitoring charges. The app also allows the user to check system status and alter a range of useful settings.  All miGuard products are a simple DIY install, alternatively they are an easy fit for qualified tradesmen.

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14 Comments on "New Wireless DIY Smart Home Alarm Features SMS Text, Apps and RFID"

  1. Im looking for a replacement for my BT VP1000, so this is a timely article.
    I’ve asked on the website what frequency the panel uses to connect to the sensors as i currently have a level of integration with homeseer that id like to keep/replicate.

    Colin

  2. shame the click here to be informed link send a mail to a non contactable domain.

  3. Does this fit in with a Mi Casa Verde VeraLITE?

    I didn’t hear any mention of Z-wave, but it would be nice to get some additional features..

  4. I agree. Would be superb to be able to add this to Vera. Can’t find any details that would support Z-Wave functionality so wondering if there’s any other way it could be integrated?

  5. Its simple 433Mhz stuff like most of the Chinese alarms. No Z-wave, no two way communication. Note there is no IP/ Ethernet connection at all – its all text messages (via a SIM you need to pay for for each message sent).

  6. Constantinos | June 14, 2013 at 7:18 am |

    Where can I find the mobile apps for MiGuard?

  7. The apps are now available on both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for UK and Ireland users, just search for miGuard.

    The G5 alarm system does include two-way communication, for more info on the alarm please go to: http://goo.gl/sQM8uA

  8. I would not recommend this alarm. I could not find a way to program it without using the SMS functionality. This means that every time you query the device from either your phone or the app, it costs you money.

    It costs you the price of a text to send it a system change/query and it costs you again for the panel to reply to you. It cost me £8 in sim credit just to set up the basics. On top of that, the build quality is poor. The PIR sensors fit to the wall using a ball and socket technique, for swivel motion . Unfortunately the ball is too small for the socket and so the PIR always falls down. This is a huge design flaw.

    The panel looks ok but is flawed in the way it fits to the wall. Mine broke before I even got it on the wall causing me to use Sellotape and sticky pads. Although the apple or android app looks good, all it does is send text messages, which cost money even if your stood next to the panel. A wifi interface would have solved this problem. Big mistake.

    All in all, the alarm looks good and promises loads. Unfortunately I don’t know anyone, including myself, who is willing to pay simply to communicate with the device.

  9. Get EE pay as you go and unlimited text. £5 / months.

    Not sure about the poor parts.

  10. We just bought this and had a nasty experience. The PIR sensors were so bad that you could walk into a room pick up the TV during a test and walk out and the sensor didnt go off. We tried 3 sensors and they were all the same. The touch panel was poor and arming via code or disarming during our tests was taking 2-3 attempts. Needless to say it was returned today for a full refund.

  11. Best alarm I could find that would suit a home in another country the unit would phone or SMS on any Alarm ! , send messages on low batteries, all wireless , rfid tags for ease of use without giving away your pin,
    the only additional change I would make would be wifi link and PC or Ipad software to program it up

  12. It would be a good alarm if it actually worked properly. The PIR detectors only work when they want to. I have replaced the panel 3 times and tried 6 different PIR’s and they all behave the same.
    If you have one try leaving it on at night and trigger the alarm using one of the PIR’s in the morning and I bet it doesn’t go off every time..

  13. Hello,

    @PKM & Ryan,

    In my opinion, the sensors doesn’t work continusly. To save batteries, sensors are programmed to “sleep” a few minutes between each detection.

    hope it helps

  14. Hello,

    As regards the PIR’s they can be a problem setting them up. The non-responsiveness seems to be tied to the 3 minute sleep cycle. If you are testing with the alarm, which I found easier, rather then the PIR test mode. Then once the room has been vacated you do need to stay out of the room for 3 minutes if not even 4 minutes to make sure that the PIR’s have woken up before testing.

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