From 2014 to 2018, I was privileged to work with Halo Smart Labs and aide in its evolution from a startup to a leading company in the premium smoke alarm industry. The product that we produced that helped push the company’s transformation and success was the creation of the Halo +, which is an IoT connected smoke and CO alarm with weather alerts that is now sold in every Lowes in America.
The connected smoke alarm responds to the issue of Americans who are left vulnerable to fires after their smoke alarms fail to make a sound when a fire occurs. In America, 71% of structural fire deaths are caused because a smoke alarm had a missing or discharged battery, leaving fire victims unaware of the fire until it was too late. In the US, though most residences are fully equipped with smoke alarms, nonetheless many people find the noise of the alarm abrasive resulting in their removing or tampering with the batteries or alarms, leaving them defunct. In this regard, our Halo + technology did away with the annoying nighttime chirp forever by equipping the devices with rechargeable long-lasting lithium-ion batteries. When the battery does run low on life, the halo notifies you via cell phone making the annoying beeps redundant.
Halo + was an industry-first with its combination of sensor technology for flash fires(Ionization sensor), smoldering fires(Photo-electric sensor) and carbon monoxide(CO Sensor) poisoning in one device. The device is connected to the internet and compatible with multiple smart home platforms and Apps such as Iris, SmartThings, Alexa and ever more expanding smart home products. Halo + is also connected to home-automation systems and sends notifications to users through the iOS and Android App. Thus, users can rest assured even if they are thousands of miles from home that they will receive an alert if there is any danger inside their home, and these notifications extend to the customizable NOAA weather radio that Halo + offers, which updates you if there are tornados, hurricanes, wildfires or floods near your area.
To achieve this level of sophistication, Halo + utilizes six different sensors that can detect fast moving or slow-burning fires as well as carbon monoxide leaks. The device is designed to reduce false alarms, quicken response times and leave users with peace of mind that their loved ones and valuables are protected.