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Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Police says: The neighbour is the best anti-burglar protection
A new concept of security and protection
Providing maximum, affordable and simple security for everyone due to an intelligent combination of only the relevant hardware with already available resources, the neighbourhood as the community.
We realized, that there was too much of a gap between, on the one hand, low scale solutions, being unreliable, not really „smart“ and top-notch, but unnecessarily overdrawn and totally overpriced systems on the other hand.
Apart from this, Data Security and Privacy has always been an important feature for us. We did not find it, if at all, appropriately addressed in the different solutions already on the market.
No Frills - just Security
To secure you, your belongings and your privacy, Heimwaechter focuses on the relevant and necessary hardware and combines it with the most powerful resource which is given in each neighbourhood - the community! This community consists of friends, family members or just the neighbour, living next door, at the end or on the opposite side of the street. Every member of this community has the intrinsic need of personal safety. To watch each other’s back has never been that easy.
We want everybody, independently of technical knowledge, financial power or living situation, to be able to be secured in a sustainable way. Our vision is to become a fully established security system in global neighbourhoods. After a successful launch on Kickstarter, the further step will be to integrate Heimwaechter in existing and upcoming, fast growing social communities. Once established, the brand Heimwaechter will be the standard security solution in neighbourhood communities worldwide.
Let the powerful community be the eyes of your security camera. Moreover, Heimwaechter breaks the overlooked anonymity of alarm sirens, by bringing it to each of an infinite number of community member’s smart phones - people being interested in your security and well-being. Especially because you would do the same for them. The user chooses whether he prefers to arm and disarm manually via app, or automatically via geofencing. By autonomy of the system, Heimwaechter allows best usability. The application operates on Android and iOS.
Take out the gateway and sensors from the box. Connect the gateway in 3 steps to your Wi-Fi, read the QR-Code of each sensor via the app, name it (e.g. Terrace door) and attach the sensors to the most potential break in points. In a next step, you set up the community in the app. You choose who and how many contacts you want to be part of it, and gather them in the messenger group, e.g. Whatsapp or Slack.
Heimwaechter differentiates between 2 groups to be defined in the mobile app.
The first describes yourself and your family, the inner core, people living with you in the apartment, being able to arm and disarm the system. Second group, the outer circle, consists of your neighbours, who are not having access to your system, but being alerted in case of an intruder. Only the inner circle needs the Heimwaechter app, from the outer circle only the contact details are relevant.
In case of an intrusion, you have 2 options how to proceed. First, you want yourself or your family to be the first to be alerted. Having received the alert, it depends on you if you consider everything under control or if you want to involve your community with a single click on your phone. Second option is, to directly involve the community in an alert. That means, that in case of an interruption of the contact sensors, the entire community will be involved and notified. The channel how the different community members will be notified, call, SMS, push message, email or messenger group, depends on your personal settings.
It does not matter where you are, smart home is more than an omnipresent term. Nevertheless, too many people are still struggling to buy smart products, primarily for the reason of too high prices and doubts about data security. Feel free to test our solution 12 months for free, we are more than self-confident to say you that you will love it. There will not be an automatical extension of the contract, it depends on you whether you are convinced about Heimwaechter, its features as well as conditions.
The user has full control from all over the world. It does not matter in which continent you are, provided an internet connection you will always be able to arm or disarm the system, receive alerts and to communicate with the community and follow any proceedings within the messenger group.
Heimwaechter is based on an efficient real-time platform, with highest demands on Privacy and Data Security. Our cloud is certified according to the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) and TÜV certification according to ISO 27001 und ISO 9001. Heimwaechter keeps you safe, in real life as well as in the digital world.
Play the videos below and see how Heimwaechter works:
Heimwaechter supports current iOS and Android versions.
After the idea was born in the year 2016, we spent countless hours in designing and shaping the final idea of Heimwaechter. During the first months of 2017, we reviewed the current players in the market, analyzed their features as well as pricing and data protection guidelines.
In a next step, impatient to test the first version of our project, the beta hardware as well as mobile app was born. Having tested the function, we were more than self-confident that we created something unique, having the potential to really improve the security situation of people all over the world.
To test the stability of the system and to identify missing features, currently we are in the last steps of our live friendly customer trial. Since everything is going according to our plans, now we are aiming to collect funds to help our Heimwaechter project to become real. The funds we want to collect with Kickstarter are used for the following:
Final Backend Platform
Order of first hardware batch
Having done so, we are more than confident to reach our internal deadline and start shipping in November.
Risks and challenges
Even though we are a young startup, the people involved in the Heimwaechter project accumulated many years of professional experience in software development, mobile application, international rollout and scalable platforms.
All crowdfunding campaigns will sooner or later run into problems, this is inevitable. But we’ve already conquered the principle hurdles, made it through app and backend development, succesfuly tested hardware and defined the supply chain logistics. We already ran the friendly customer trial of our iOS and Android app, working perfectly together.
We cannot guarantee that there will not be any problems occuring. Still, we have the professional experience and competence to be able to get past these obstacles, to figure out a solution, making the project better with each step we’re taking.