Washington, DC- Range Technologies, an early-stage technology company focused on IoT Proximity solutions, has raised an additional 100k in capital. The funding will go towards the production and marketing of their first product, Range, a smart home monitoring and automation solution- scheduled to launch on Kickstarter in March 2017. Range detects and recognizes mobile devices (like phones and wearables) as soon as they enter a home. By monitoring the activity of new and previously associated mobile devices, Range can tell who is home and send custom notifications and smart home triggers for important activity, while alerting the user to the presence of any unknown devices.
Range brings a new dimension to home security and automation by harnessing the power of ambient signals. The devices we carry with us like smartphones, wearables, tiles - and even most cars- all emit ambient signals (Bluetooth and/or WiFi) which can be detected and recognized by the Range Hub. Unlike traditional home security solutions such as cameras and motion detectors, Range is aware of activity as it is happening but only notifies the user of what is important to them. By recognizing each device by their unique identifiers, Range is able to be aware of specific events, such as a family member’s phone or Fitbit leaving the house, without necessarily needing to notify the user that there is activity. Instead of getting a notification saying “There is movement” from a motion detector, a Range user will get specified notifications telling them that, for example their "Dog's Smart Collar is now out of range" or, if Range detects a device it has never seen before, “There are two unknown devices present”.
The unprecedented customization that is inherent to being able to recognize people via their devices allows Range to be a “passive” home security solution. While all activity is stored on the Range dashboard, only important activity will trigger alerts or automation.
Range brings the same level of intelligent customization to smart home automation. Range has begun working with the web’s most powerful automation tool “If This Then That” to bring personalized, presence-based interaction to the most popular smart home gadgets and web services. Through a dedicated IFTTT channel, Range will be able to trigger actions on devices and web services based on who is home at the time without the need for GPS.