NEST SECURE Home Security System

Melvyn Teillol-Foo

Easy on Residents – Tough on Intruders

Nest Expands into Home Security with their first Security System designed to be easy on residents but tough on intruders.

NEST Cam Indoor

Most security systems are designed around intruders. But you’re not an intruder.

Nest Secure is easy to live with because it is user friendly but tough when you need it to be.

“When we looked at the home security market, we saw a similar landscape to when we entered the thermostat market,” said Matt Rogers, Nest’s founder and chief product officer. “Just as people tend not to use programmable thermostats because of their complexity, the current home security offerings are also a huge pain to live with – whether it’s bulky hardware, false alarms or loud and stressful countdowns. That’s why 43 percent of people with alarm systems don’t ever arm them. We set out to design a product that isn’t just effective during a security incident, but is delightful and easy to use when people are at home with their families, living their lives, which is the vast majority of the time.”

Three ways to arm and disarm

Everyone in the family has a different routine, so Nest provides multiple ways to arm and disarm:

  1. By tapping Nest Tag onto Nest Guard,
  2. Through the Nest App,
  3. By entering a code on the Nest Guard keypad.

Some of us old fogies like keypads but run the risk of forgetting the passcodes. With senility comes great responsibility!

NEST Security 3-ways

There are no stressful countdowns, loud beeps or rushing out the door because the system learns how you act and recognises the good guys.
Arm the alarm and take your time leaving.


With No Rush arming and disarming, Nest Secure lets you choose how much time you need. A friendly voice tells you how much time you have left. And if you forget to set the alarm, you can get a Remind Me alert so you can arm it from your smartphone.

Tag, you’re in


Give a Nest Tag to family or people you trust. Set a schedule to let authorised people in at certain times, like your dog walker. You don’t worry if you lose a Nest Tag because it is easily disabled in the Nest App.

Woof friendly

With Dog Pass, your four-legged friend won’t set off the motion sensors and the alarm.


Smart Sensor – NEST DETECT

NEST detect

One sensor can sense two things.
Stick Nest Detect on a window and you’ll know when it opens.
Stick it on a wall and it senses motion in a room.
Better still, stick it on a door and it can do both.

NEST detect quiet open

Quiet Open
Say the house is armed and you need to leave early or let the dog out. Just press the button on Nest Detect when you open the door. With Quiet Open, the house stays armed and the alarm stays silent. And when you walk past Nest Detect at night, Pathlight helps you see in the dark.


NEST Secure

Nest Secure starter pack, which includes Nest Guard, two Nest Detects and two Nest Tags, has a suggested retail price of $499.

NEST Security Cam IQ outdoors

Nest Cam IQ outdoor is available at a suggested retail price of $349 or in a two-pack for $598.



NEST Guard

Alarm, keypad, motion sensor and the brains of the system.
Nest Guard is designed to remain on guard – with battery backup and an optional cellular backup service – even if Wi-Fi is down or the power is out. And with an easy, voice-guided setup that doesn’t require tools, screws or wires, it’s simple for either the customer or a Nest Pro to install.

Nest Hello

This door bell camera can detect a person, then send an alert and a snapshot, even if that person doesn’t ring the bell. With Nest Aware, customers can get alerts when strangers or suspicious activity like people talking or dogs barking, are detected.


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AlphaLuxe Comment

AlphaLuxe readers are just the sort of people with homes, family and stuff to protect with modern smart technology.

The NEST Future…..

Not only is Nest bringing new hardware to its camera portfolio, but will provide customers the option to add the Google Assistant to Nest Cam IQ indoor. The Google Assistant adds a new level of intelligence to Nest Cam IQ indoor, including the ability to ask questions, control the home, and manage tasks.

Nest has been working with Yale, which brings 175 years of expertise in locks, to build a modern take on a secure deadbolt. Customers can disarm the Nest Secure alarm system when they unlock the Nest + Yale lock, and they’ll be able to unlock the door when they notice a friend (or delivery person) through the Nest Hello video doorbell.

Works with Nest products including lights, switches and plugs from companies such as Lutron, LIFX, and Philips can connect with Nest security products to make it look like you’re home when Nest notices you’re away.


Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)

Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He is also a moderator on horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelogue ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.

Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).

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