OK, it looks like the company is for real. They have a commercial product, they have a couple of patents.
However, I’m going to say up front that it drives me absolutely crazy that they didn’t publish the frequency they’re using anywhere in the consumer or indiegogogo materials. I had to go to the website and dig into the product manuals and find the FCC information for the commercial product. This is a blanket-coverage always-on product. The frequency matters.
Based on the commercial product, it’s in the 2.4 band. That can cause interference with zigbee home automation devices.
My guess would be that if you set this system up so that it actually works, your SmartThings arrival sensor will no longer know that it’s home. That would have to be tested, obviously, but it’s a pretty important issue.
As with most indiegogo projects, the timeline looks completely unrealistic. I would be amazed if this ships in the spring. But I could be wrong.
If you have a medium size dog, it’s going to set this off. Obviously that only affects some households but it’s something to be aware of.
A lot of people are looking at micropresence technologies and there’s a lot of interesting stuff out there. Clearly there’s a lot of engineering that’s going into this one, and I can see the value for commercial building monitoring.
I’m just not convinced it’s going to play well with others in a residential home automation set up. Most of us are trying to move as many things as possible out of the 2.4 band to make room for zigbee and thread.
Adding a new whole house blanket coverage technology in the same band seems like it’s asking for trouble.
It’s also possible that the Xandem system will think your home automation Zigbee or thread devices are attempting radio jamming of their security system and trigger off of that.
But we’ll see once it’s actually released.