Roost Launches Second Generation of Its Smart Home Products

Enhancements include better performance through improved electronics, improved reliability and more robust WiFi connection, and easier set-up.

(Roost Smart Water and Freeze Detector. Source: Roost.)

Roost (Sunnyvale, Calif.), a provider of home telematics for property insurance, has debuted the second generation of its Roost Smart Battery and Roost Smart Water Leak and Freeze Detector. The vendor says that it has enhanced its products with electronics and upgraded Wi-Fi provisioning, so that consumers will experience faster and easier setup, along with “next level” performance and reliability.

Roel Peeters, CEO, Roost.

The Roost Smart Battery and Roost Smart Water Leak and Freeze Detector are designed to address the risks of fire as water damage as experienced by consumers and as they impact homeowners’ insurers. Through its  9V form factor, free mobile app and Wi-Fi technology, the Roost Smart Battery transforms existing smoke and CO alarms into smart alarms. The Roost Smart Water Leak and Freeze Detector senses water leaks as well as humidity and freezing temperature situations. It is designed to be easily located in places around the home that are most prone to water leaks, and from there delivers smartphone alerts through the Roost App to help minimize water damage and loss. Roost asserts that both smart Wi-Fi enabled detectors can be set up in less than 5 minutes.

Roost reports the following enhancements to its second generation products:

  • Easier as well as faster set-up to home Wi-Fi
  • New set-up process replaces audio with a silent wireless connection method
  • New electronics improve performance and lower power consumption
  • Improved reliability and more robust connection between Roost devices and the Roost cloud

“Consumers and home insurance providers have been searching for decades for technology solutions to mitigate loss from both fire and water emergencies,” comment Roel Peeters, CEO, Roost. “To meet both these needs, as well as to disruptively improve engagement between insurers and consumers, we developed the Roost smart sensor platform. Now we have made both even better by simplifying the setup process and improving the devices’ day-to-day operation.”

The second generation Roost Smart Water Leak and Freeze Detector are available now to both consumers and insurers. Roost pitches its Home Telematics solutions as delivering critical smart home functionality direct to consumers, and also changing the way insurers engage with their policyholders, mitigate fire & water claims and drive new business growth.

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Anthony R. O’Donnell // Anthony O'Donnell is Executive Editor of Insurance Innovation Reporter. For over a decade he has been an observer and commentator on the use of information technology in the insurance industry, following industry trends and writing about the use of IT across all sectors of the insurance industry. He can be reached at AnthODonnell@IIReporter.com or (503) 936-2803.

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