Ring has expanded its line of smart home security products with the new Ring Alarm, a $199 home security kit includes a base station, keypad, contact sensor, motion detector, and range extender, reports GeekWire reporter Taylor Soper. The system syncs with Ring’s doorbells and cameras, and can be controlled with the Ring app.
Ring Alarm competes directly with Google-owned Nest, which sells its own home security system for $399. Nest also sells video doorbells and security cameras. Amazon acquired Ring in February, and brought down the cost of the company's video doorbells considerably. Ring will continue to operate independently, but the companies said they “will work together to accelerate Ring’s mission to reduce crime in neighborhoods with affordable, effective home security products and services.” The acquisition promises to move Amazon and its Alexa voice assistant further into the home security market. Amazon now has three separate lines of home security cameras. The others are the Blink smart home camera products, which it acquired last year; and Amazon’s homegrown Cloud Cam.